10 ft. lamp wire - Home Depot/$0.64 a ft.
3 1/2" candle pans - I made my own, but can be found at craft supply stores or FactoryDirectCraft.com
steel threaded nipples and hex nuts - Home Depot's lamp repair section
candelabra light sockets and sleeves -
Well, I finally finished my rug hooking project! Woo Hoo!! I finished it last Wednesday, but I just haven't had a chance to make a post until now. I have been busy working on other projects and enjoying the warmer weather, so I will share my other projects with you later since this post is longer than I thought it would be!
A FEW HELPFUL HINTS:
Here's the link to the ebay store from where I bought my frame from. http://shop.ebay.com/beecreekltd/m.html. Keep a watch on these items. Every now and then, she offers these frames up for bid at great prices or you can purchase them at outright at a higher price. I was the only one to bid on the octagonal frame with the lap and floor stand for $149.00. Otherwise, the combo sold for $199.00. You can also google "rug hookng frames" and find a list of sites that sell them.
This next thing (and one many of you have been waiting to hear about) is VERY useful in cutting your wool. A few years ago, when I started the pumpkin pillow project, I cut the wool strips by hand using a rotary wheel. And let me tell you, it was a pain in the *behind*! I think that is probably why I stopped working on that project...I needed to cut more strips! lol So when I decided to try rug hooking again, the only obstacle I had was cutting the wool. After pricing wool cutting machines online, I decided that they were way much more than I wanted to spend. Especially, for something that I wasn't sure how much I would even use. While I was in Joann Fabrics, I happened to notice a Rotary Cutting Machine on a shelf behind the cutting counter. On the box it said "Perfect for Scrapbooking, Quilting, Rug Hooking and More" PLUS it was on sale for $49.50 (reg. $89.99)! DOUBLE PLUS....I had a gift card!! Woo Hoo!! So I thought "what the heck" I can always return it if it didn't work out. When I got it home, I tried cutting a piece of paper with it and....nothing!....not even indentations where it ran through the rotary cutter! And forget about cutting wool!! I was SO disappointed! I thought, for sure, that I had found a solution to my wool cutting dilemma!.....Then I read the instruction pamphlet. (always a good idea! lol) All I had to do was adjust the tension wheel underneath (although I thought it was already pretty tight) and PRESTO, it worked like a charm!! It has a foot pedal, whereas, all of the other wool cutters that I've seen have crank handles. And I'm thinking that after all of the wool that I cut for the unfinished project and then for the finished one, my little arm would have been extremely tired if I had to do all of that cranking!! lol It can cut as small as 3/8" (which is the size recommended for hooking) up to 2 1/2". I absolutely love it! I've never tried an actual wool cutting machine, but for me, this thing works wonderfully!
Well.....Goodnight, friends! I'll be back with pictures of a couple of the projects that I have finished!
Until Next Time . . . . Kris