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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Thank you so much everyone who have left comments on my Grandmother's trunk Creative Challenge. I've had a question about the necklace and I want to show you what I used.

 My idea was to use a narrow gold ribbon but alas my search at three different stores left me disappointed. I found a silver one but had my heart set on gold.   My daughter Jackie the fiber artist has all kinds of beads and ribbons that she uses in her many creations and she lend me a ribbon that had a narrow gold strip in it, and also some beads since I wanted to incorporate beads in the necklace.  Since the ribbon was a bit too wide for what I wanted to do I folded it and sewed it by hand with a gold colored thread and hooked it in.  I then decided that it was good enough and I wouldn't use the beads.  So here is the ribbon in question.  Many thanks Jackie. I'll return your  beads and what's left of your ribbon when I go to your place.

And here is the necklace in question.   You can see the nuances of the color changes in the necklace.

Thanks for stopping by my blog on this cold and rainy day and leaving a comment.  I've got to go feed my babies now.  JB


  1. Julia,
    What an interesting process. Thanks for sharing. I'm so interested in how others are using different materials in their pieces. Again, I think your rug is masterful. You are an inspiration!

  2. I think it is amazing the way it turned out because it does look like a gold necklace. Your grandmother looks so sweet. What color was your grand fathers eyes? Were they very light blue? I have thought and thought about that picture since you posted it.
    Do I dare say it? You are such a good hooker. (rug):)

  3. I love the whole rug but no surprise, the necklace is my favorite part. I love the bling!

  4. Julia ~
    Your challenge rug is beautiful! The necklace is very creative and does look like gold.
    Pug hugs :)

  5. Courtney, I don't mind revealing my little tricks if they serve a teaching purpose to someone else. The more we share, the more our craft grows.

    Farm Girl, thanks for your sweet comment. You are right, my grandfather's eyes were light blue.

    Kim, this was the first time I used bling in one of my rugs and I must say, it hooked like a charm.

    Lauren, thanks for your sweet comment on my rug. JB

  6. Julia, I think it's wonderful to share with others when you create something interesting. I find that not all people are generous I wish they would be because it helps us all to get even better at a craft.Cheri

  7. Julia, I love the necklace. The gold ribbon looks just right and your treatment of it is great. Innovation in rug hooking brings joy to my teachers heart. I love it when my students get creative and create something out of the ordinary. Keep up the wonderful hooking that I know you are capable of.

  8. Julia, your Grandmother's trunk picture is beautiful! What a wonderful job you did! I love how you did the necklace!


  9. Glad that my stash came in handy!