And Happy we are!!!   Girl fun, girl play, girl creativity!

We started the morning off with some color theory in understanding color and the color wheel.  Terminology of describing color and how we use it for everything in life. “The brain rejects what is not in balance”, but what do we do to balance it? We played with wool, color charts and dyes, first understanding  our base color and design on the wool.  The pots were boiling, the oven on and everyone was anxious to play. Aprons on, loud chatter, oohs and ahhs and ready to go!

We used 3 of the many methods for dying: spot dying in the oven, trans dying in a pan and set in the oven, and stove top in a large kettle.  The results were wonderful and like children, they absorbed new and some complex techniques , even while the chatter and laughter were non stop!

Happy Hookers!

Their creations of art where hung on the line and modeled for all! Looking forward to see how they use the wool in their hooking!

Great day, Holly, Deb, Marlene, Kathy and Ellen! We will dye happy!

New dye classes with natural ingredients will follow.



When hooking a portrait you will need more values than you think.Being able to dye your own wool as you need it keeps you moving along without waiting to have it done for you.
Dying is an art in itself and the possibilities are endless.A dye pot or two and few simple colors to mix gives you the values you need. You do not need to use flesh tones to do a portrait as long as you can SEE what you are looking at. That is different values and where they are placed.
In this self portrait I started with hooking the eyes and found that my eyes were not drawn in the right placement apart from the nose, so lesson number one. Really look at everything to be sure they are placed right. I hooked the lids first and then moved to the iris and then the pupil.
If you turn your photo upside down and not concentrate on the full face, you can see the direct spot that you are hooking and is easier to focus the value of the area to be worked.
Look where your light source is coming from. In this case the left side of the face and the highest point which is the bridge of the nose would be hooked in lightest values.The cheeks are also a light value but somewhat darker than the bridge of the nose as they are lower and so on.
The real key to study and really “see” what you are looking at.Once you train your eye to do this you are on your way to understanding value!


There will be an all day dyeing class at the studio and you will learn 3 methods of dying and you may choose to do one of each or or your favorite. You will go home with 1 1/2 yards of dyed wool from your color choice!

Registration is required and limited to 6 people. An additional class can be scheduled with over flow.
Thursday July 9
10:00 – 4:00
$75.00 includes instruction, wool and dye.

Bring an apron, notebook and a sack lunch



Some wool, linen and cotton fibers dyed in the colors of my spring gardens! It was fun to go through the shelves and drawers of wool thread and Dreads to begin another project. Some times creativity begins this way.

I spent the morning shopping for shrubs, annuals and a few perennials to add texture and color to the studios well established flower beds. What fun looking and touching and creating a new theme for this year. The already blooming Forget Me Nots, Pink and white Bleeding Hearts, Primrose, Lily of the Valley, Lilacs, Bearded Iris  will welcome the new additions. Gardening for me is much like designing a new Hooked project. Color and texture get me really going. So in conjunction with the out of doors, another piece will be on the loom and in progress.

As a member of Artists North , the finished pieces of fiber will be displayed and for sale at the Art Center. Please stop by when in Charlevoix. The address is 17959 Ferry Road. you will enjoy many talented artist in residence here in Norwood’s historic Inwood Corners. Be sure and visit Biers Gallery housed in the red school house down the hill.

To top the day off I stopped at a new shop south of Petoskey and filled a few empty spaces in the car,plants, antiques, cloth napkins and a new blouse! Thank you C.J.

Another beautiful day spent with friends and laughs from one of my partners in crime!

Off to hooking outside with the views of June in Bloom!


Wiggle Bird

Wiggle Bird

Wiggle Bird

An old pattern that just is fun an light hearted to do. I love the folk art and bright colors that bring whimsey to the art piece. It so fun to create and see just what flows from the mood you are in. Art is an expression of your soul and is it always in the same place? This is the dance of life!

Well the studio is organized and cleaned with fresh hangings and furniture arrangement (nothing new for me)! I will go down in the archives as a person who changes her furniture every week. YES! It is creating for me.

Artist North is a group of artist who gather at a wonderful building with views of Lake Michigan and over looking the Charlevoix area. Stop by, you not only will enjoy the space created for us in nature but other artist who display and sell  their work as an addition to Baer Studio on 31 south of Charlevoix. Ray and Tammy are the most gracious people who live their art and share their life with all of us who are involved in this wonderful growing group of artists.

I will be demonstrating my form of fiber art, Hooking and welcoming guests that come from near and far. We hope to see you there, you cannot miss it! The red school house just 9 miles south of Charlevoix and north of Torch Lake.

Yes life is busy this time of year and I am getting the inside projects finished so I can get to the outside so everything is in order for guest to Fiddlehead Finery’s Studio.

I stacked a large pile of cut an split wood for the winter next year and raked my flower beds and everything is popping!  Windows washed, a new class has begun with dimensional hooking.  I love to see how these students just take off with color and texture and create their “own” design from my patterns as well as theirs. It is so wonderful to have this space called “Fiddlehead Finery” to share with creative people.

If you are traveling this spring or summer make sure you call and make a visit! All are welcome!

Have a great spring day. Off to hook on Wiggle Bird and have guests over that are going to the Trout Unlimited Banquet in Gaylord this evening. I am so looking forward to getting that line in the water again and enjoying the tranquil peace of a flowing river. Not to mention that special moment when I hook that beautiful fish. Admire him and probably let him go.

Next week I am heading to Alabama to visit good friends and take in the southern culture! I will keep you posted on the new activity that will transpire soon!

Take time to hook and smell the flowers.





On The Wooled Side !

Wild Side 2The gypsy has returned home from her Florida vending and vacation! I packed a lot into a short period of time and still enjoyed family and friends, sun and fun! A huge thank you to all the wonderful hosts and hostesses along the way, for safe travels and a successful trip! The Searsport Hook In was attended by 270 some , beautiful rugs, gorgeous wools, patterns, classes new and old friends. We only had one incident of concern and that was “Girls Gone Wooled” were ready to duke it out! I think over who wanted what? LOL. Thank you Mindi, Sharon an all! I am looking forward to coming to PA and holding you to your good word! I nearly have my class project ready for them to post for next year Hook IN. It’s all about fun and inspiration! Thank you everyone! Headed to Naples with friends and vended at the Naples Quilt show that was a great success. Reunited with old fiends, a nephew and girl friend and met new. Thank you Jeanetta for your hospitality an success of the show! Put the care in drive and headed north to family for a a couple of days of catching up, relaxation, sun and pool time! With inspiration and much laughter, the best medicine, there will be new events on the calendar her at Fiddlehead Finery! A 4 day workshop, “Designing a Folk Art Rug” will be hosted here with B & B accommodations. Learning the basics from start to finish using template or your own designs, color planning and hooking will be packed into your 4 day workshop. Now having all that said you will be staying in a Historical home furnished period antiques and beautiful yard, gardens and Lake Michigan sunsets! The first to be June 2 -5. Book with a group of , at the most 6 but not less than 5. You can contact: fiddleheadfinery@gmail.com or call :941-740-4019. Other upcoming classes: Wool applique Beginners Hooking Dye Class Understanding color and Value Check back on “Calendar” soon to schedule your spot! Out to the studio to wash 45 yards of newly purchased wool for your needs or just wants! DeEtta



Being in ones space alone, brings new beginnings by finishing what has already been started. This Magdalena Style Folk art rug was started last Feb and now finished and in it’s new home in the kitchen.Only the artist knows exactly what each figure stands for and how it was executed it on linen. A little help from Magdalena to get me thinking!

I love the folk art style as it goes against the grain of all that I have done because it gives me a new freedom to create “just because” and not because I think it all needs to be perfect.

Out the door with perfectionism when it comes to what I am aiming at in life and I am on a journey of discovery. One of creativity to see what is within my authentic self and find myself there.

These past few months have been difficult but so rewarding as time has given me the opportunity to see what is important and that is the JOURNEY!

“A Road Back To Yourself’ by Joan Anderson has encouraged me to take the break I need to regain my emotional balance not only in my personal world but my creative world. Life is to be enjoyed and now that the children have been gone for many years and have happy lives of their own, it is time to be for myself. I can communicate that in my hooking if I let go of all the expectations that life has had on me. What am I waiting for? Someone else’ demands or rigid ones I impose on myself?

In Joan’s words ” I have been rushing in a straight line, pushing forward in a straight line, pushing onward and upward to goals set most often by other people, against whom I’ve been measuring myself”.

The hooking world is one of the ways I can find what and who I am by this means of communicating. We are never there but I promise to learn from all heart ache, find the good, give thanks for the journey and embark on a new day!

There is much activity as I begin the packing for my trip south to vend and teach at Searsport Hook In  In Punta Gorda at the Charlotte Convention Center. New products will be available in my booth to embellish our rug hooking, from dyed ribbon, to DREADS and more. Thursday Feb 26 at 10:00 I will doing a demo for embellishing your rugs.

I will be vending at the Naples Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Naples on March 6 and 7. Try adding wool to your quilting… Do it just because you want to try it!

Off to the closet for summer clothes and a suit case !!!

See you soon!  DeEtta



My Creative Night In The Studio

IMG_1427Well I did have a nice creative night in the studio. I went to a basket of already cut noodles and found what inspired me for a tea cozy. I find I enjoy the spontainious  times more fulfilling. With needle and hook and leftover linen and a variety of colors I have a small tea cozy that I will enjoy for a long time.

I decided to make a 1 1/2 cup tea pot cozy instead of a large pot size. I only drink about the small one at a time any way. I used cording for the rounded edge which gives it a nice finished look. To ensure no backing is showing between the cording and hooking, from wrong side, press seam allowance to the middle of hooking. It snugs right up and fits nicely.

Now comes the job I really do not like doing but will not procrastinate in making the soft lining to hold the heat in. I sewed a double folded strip of wool in a loop to attach on top for removing.If you would like to do one, look in your craft box or drawer of little items, add a round curtain ring or bobble from a piece for broken jewelry.

well so far I have kept my promise to myself and post often. Now that I had my college student come give me a few lessons on posting I need to practice often and get it in the “brain”. I really am a right brained person and need to see what and how things need to be done….sooo, two so far!

hope everyone uses this “in time” to create and finish old projects and create new. I finished an over the door mat last night by finishing with crochet edge. It is a new pattern of mine called Enough For Two. It is two little foxes facing each other with a cherrie tree between them. This was inspired by 2 little guys who ran up and don the side of my street all summer long with no fear. The cherry orchards are just up the hill so it came to fruition!

Getting ready for my studio open house on Saturday from 1-3 so out there for the rest of the day to hang and arrange more mats and rugs. I love to organize and make everything look new so out come the slidders to move furniture , the vacuum and Murphys! Will sit and enjoy it tonight by the little stove with a nice glass of wine and soft music!  Enjoy your cabin fever time!




A new needle group will be forming at the studio soon! “NEEDLE AND HOOK” is a night of discovering many new ways to incorporate all the needle arts you have used, enjoy and learning new ones.

Rug hooking, embellishing, quilting, applique, needle felting, embroidery all in one! Small projects will be taught to inspire you in your larger projects.

Join us on Sat Jan 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 to check out the studio and with bins full of beautiful wool, wool yarns and threads use in our projects. Getting together with others is a hands on learning experience. Someone always has a thing to add to the group and get your mind thinking in new ways of creating.


DeEtta Beebe



Happy New Year!

Resolutions? Keep Moving forward, take time for myself,post often, try new things……..
The ground is covered in it’s winter blanket and 5 degrees today. Taking out a favorite antique tea cup and saucer and brewing tea in an ol English tea pot. Tonight I will go out to the studio and play by designing a wool tea cozy.
A pot of soup is on the stove in my favorite copper kettle. I will sit a small table in front of the kitchen window and watch the snow falling softly.
A mix of antique Flo Blue and Ironstone with unmatched antique silver ware and cloth napkin with cotton lace will grace the table for my special time.
A simple meal served with my favorite collections and a view make for time to let my mind go to a dreamy place to create before heading to the studio.
Why not live your dream….enjoy and be in the moment!
A trip to Texas to visit children and grandchildren I took a day to meet and visit Edyth Oneil in Fredricksburg Texas. What a delight! It was one of my dreams and all it took was a simple email and 3 hrs travel time!She has always been an inspiration and much in common as Antique dealers. collectors of Antique China head Dolls, as well as and not least, designed and Hooks rugs!
I purchased one of Edyth’s large dolls ready to be dressed! She did have a name from Edyth but it was only giving an proper to name her Edyth!
Another evening this winter in the studio, I will pull out baskets of antique fabrics, buttons and trims to design and make a new dress, knit a shawl for her.

Of course she will need a hand hooked small rug to sit in front of her Windsor chair. So much fun!

The “Thursday Hooking Girls” will begin their new 6 weeks class and doing a Hit and Miss rug to use some of their scraps.

Next week will be an open house for the Fiddlehead Finery Studio for quilters, hookers, and needleworkers who have not been here. The Thursday Girls will be showing some of their finished rugs as well. Go to the calendar and see the schedule for events.

Enjoy your Cabin Fever time…..you will find you don’t have enough cabin time! I know I won’t!!!!


DeEtta Beebe

p.s. If you don’t hear from me often, please help me keep my resolution and email me for new postings!

Edyth and her Dolls

Edyth and her Dolls



photo-16 1One month from the Fall Harvest Hook In…………………

Check out Alistrebeldesigns.com from Kindred Spirit!   Ali and DeEtta are getting new wools dyed, wool projects ready for the big day. Come ready to be inspired beyond rug hooking with these two.   A day of inspiration for all the needle gals out there.

Friday Oct 3       9:00 – 4:00  all day workshop       $110.00

First Congregational Church

101 State St.

Charlevoix, Mi


contact DeEtta Beebe at  fiddleheadfinery@gmail.com

or 941-740-4019