Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Drumroll please….

dddrrrrrrrrrrr.  Max the cat is finished!


Max the cat finished today! 002

  Bound and ready to hang.  I printed a label just a minute ago, but will wait ‘til morning to iron it on so I know the ink is good and dry.  I dyed all the wool for this one.  It was so amazing trying to match the colors exactly from the watercolor original.

I looked at some old pictures of Max and I’ve done this one in three weeks!!!!  Some of the work was done in the middle of the night.  One or both of my heart meds are making me NOT SLEEP at all!!!!  I finished the eye on the right (our right) one night at 2:00 a.m.  I just could not get them perfect.  And I think if the eyes aren’t just right, it would just ruin the piece.  I think I got it!

Max's eyes

Now what am I going to do? I have been looking at some of Susan Quicksall’s patterns.  But now I kind of want to only hook my own patterns. I still want to try to capture my blue bottle tree in wool.

That’s a good question.  For those of you who do design your own patterns, do you still purchase other artists patterns or stick with your own?

Have a great week.  I have to go to a funeral Thursday.  My uncle Ralph passed away.  My mom’s sisters husband.  I had a lot of fun with my cousins when we were younger.  They lived about 60 miles away, but we went there almost every weekend to visit my grandma and grandpa. They lived in the country on a big ranch.  I thought they were sooooo lucky.  I lived in the big city…..they thought I was so lucky!  Will we ever be happy just where we are?  I am right now.




Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Sheri ~ your rug looks fabulous!! You did a wonderful job capturing that photo!! And you did it in a short amount of time ~ at least, your lack of sleep helped you accomplish something!! I just toss and turn!!! Job well done!!

Sharlene Washington said...

I love it! I would never be so brave to use the bright colors--it turned out so well! I bet you are thrilled.

Jacque. said...

ohmygosh, Sheri...that is absolutely amazing! WOW! I am so impressed with this! LOVE it!

As for hooking others' patterns...I did so many of my pieces for my business that it was always fun to work on someone else's design.

Sorry to hear of your uncle's passing.

Orange Sink said...

Hi Sheri,
Max turned out fabulous! A wonderful piece of hooked art! You should be proud of your accomplishment and and design! I am in the same boat right now wondering what to hook next....oh yes, I have that commissioned rug that I keep putting off starting! I thinks it's time to get to work on that!
Sorry to hear of your uncle's passing Sheri.
Cathy G

Ter'e said...

Oh Sweetie:

I am so very sorry to hear of your Uncle Ralph's passing.

My breath is simply "taken away" by Max. This rug is truly a work of art. You have done the whole deal, drawn the pattern, dyed all the wool and hooked a very non-conventional piece. Sheri, this is your best work yet. You have made us all so proud of you (again, honey, again).

I love my 2 a.m. time - I get some of my best things done, at that hour!!!!

Julie said...


Your mat of Max is unbelievable and what a brave, creative use of colours!
Very sorry to hear of your uncle's passing and my prayers and condolences to your family.

Kim said...

Max turned out amazing. You did a great job. It is difficult to pick a next-project. I have all these great ideas and then get lazy and buy a pattern.
Condolences on your Uncle's passing.

Jeanne (RED) said...

OMG! What a work of Art--aren't you just pleased as punch!! It is gorgeous! Truly your best piece yet. And , like Ter'e said, every step by YOU. Talent galore. Can't wait to see it in person! I am very sorry to hear about your uncle. Love, Jeanne

Miccosukee said...

Wondered when you would post again. Have been waiting to see how Max turned out. Loved following your progress. Now this needs to be entered in some competition, even if it is just local. You done good, girlfriend!


Rugs and Pugs said...

Sheri ~
What an accomplishment in such a short period of time. You did a great job on the eyes. Simply amazing.
So sorry to hear about your uncle.
Hugs :)

Julia said...

Your cat turned out fantastic. It's very artsy.
Sorry to hear about the death of your uncle. JB

dulcy said...

Super Gorgeous! Anytime the use of vibrant and bold color is involved, I'm on board! Great job Sheri!

Miccosukee said...

Sorry I was so late getting to your blog to congratulate you on finishing up "Max." I also hope you enjoyed a great birthday.


Taos Sunflower said...

He is just gorgeous. Great job. Can't wait to see what you do next!