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Folk Art Mariner's Compass Hooked Rug, late 19th century, decorated with three stylized compasses on a blue background within a scalloped border, lg. 52, wd. 25 in.
Large Cats Hooked Rug, America, late 19th century, the border of multicolored stripes surrounds a field with central recumbent cat and four seated cats, 42 x 62 in., (losses), mounted to a stretcher.
Hooked Rug with a Two-story House with an Albumen Photograph of the House, late 19th century, the house with gray roof, and vines on the front, the photograph showing the house from a different angle with white picket fence, in a carved Victorian frame, rug ht. 22, wd. 29 1/2 in.
Imagine giving an antique reproduction rug to someone special, and maybe, just maybe, it is a replica of this stunning design that was hooked in the late 1800's. I will be adding this pattern to my shop this weekend.
Large Pictorial Hooked Rug with Swan, late 19th century, mounted, ht. 32 1/2, wd. 45 1/2 in.
1851 Pennsylvania hooked rug depicting a simple and charming Fraktur motif. I will be reproducing this antique pattern for you and make it available in my shop this weekend.
Floral Hooked Rug, Pennsylvania, c. 1851, red and white flowers with a pair of blue and white birds against a blue background within a white border, dated "1851" below the birds, lg. 33, wd. 17 1/4 in.
A simple and humble rug from long ago. This folk art design is perfect for a beginner rug-hooker because of its uncomplicated motifs and overall simplistic design. Look for the antique reproduction pattern in my shop this weekend.
Floral Hooked Rug, America, late 19th century, red and blue roses against a tan field within a wreath of white leaves all on a blue background, mounted for hanging, ht. 30 1/2, wd. 48 1/2 in.
I posted this gorgeous antique Urns & Flowers rug on social media, and rug-hookers from everywhere liked it and commented on its beautiful folk art design and naive hooking style. I will carefully reproduce this beautiful design as a new pattern that will be available this weekend.
Hooked Rug with Urns of Flowers, America, 19th century, two opposing pots of flowers against a blue background and a striped border, ht. 24, wd. 37 1/2 in.
New pattern is here.
Hook this magnificent rug from 1852. I will be posting new patterns this weekend. Look for about 5 new designs all sourced from antique rugs.
Floral Hooked Rug, America, dated 1852, a central cornucopia sprouting large roses, the corners with strawberries, all against a light tan background with red sawtooth and red and white linear border, mounted, ht. 38 1/2, wd. 71 in.
The original hit & miss hooked rug.
Shaker Hooked Rug, America, 19th century, the square rug hooked in varying shades of blue, red, green, brown, and black cloth in a layered fashion emanating from the center, mounted for hanging, ht. 36 1/2, wd. 37 in.
There's nothing like a big slice of cake and a cup of tea to sweeten my palate and mood because right now all I taste in my mouth is a miserable dose of bitterness, and I don't like the way it tastes.
Let me be clear about one thing, I do not go out of my way to maliciously shame people who are nasty customers because it just breeds toxic negativity in my life. However, today I went off the rails when a customer named, Rachelle LeBlanc refused to pay for services rendered for her forthcoming book. That is FRAUD.
Nonpayment for a product or services is a crime, it's FRAUD period. Rachelle refused to acknowledge my invoice and in an elitist way snubbed me. She got what she wanted, and she was only interested in herself. The really sad part to this story is that I trusted her. I had always admired her art and her perseverance to put her artwork on display, and I even told her many times.
Unfortunately, I did not know what I got myself into when Rachelle LeBlanc walked into my life. The wolf in sheep's clothing who used her fame to superficially pretend that she liked me. It worked. I failed to do my due diligence and ask her for a retainer upfront because I was counting on her as one my rug-hooking sisters. Ahhh, she took advantage of my generosity and didn't care what mess she left behind her. She didn't even want to save face (is that a thing anymore?). She was going to get her way by using her phony charm, and it worked for her.
I've been writing for 25 years, and I generally accept a deposit or retainer up front. With Rachelle, I was so stupid, and she took advantage of that. Now that I look back, she never intended to pay for my services to begin with. That's the punishment I get for trusting an artist that I admired. I figured that since we were within the rug-hooking community, there was a trust-bond between us that meant we looked out for one another. HAH! Was I wrong!
With every writing gig, there are requirements that I need before I can bid on a project. Rachelle did not provide those requirements during her consultation or after. I was willing to forego any formalities with a deposit, and then collaborate at the end of the project to determine a fair price. How stupid I am! She had nothing prepared for the project, so I had no idea what I was getting into. Was she a good writer? A bad one? Would her drafts require little or a lot of editing?
I needed to have a physical copy of the scope and requirements for the number of pages, layout, outline, images, and concept before bidding on it. When I have these details, I can look at the project, ascertain the amount of editing that is needed based on the author’s writing style and quantity of pages to make an informed proposal.
A more complex editing project will have a higher risk and take a lot more time than a simple project that does not require a lot of editing and discussion. Ultimately, simple projects with good writing skills cost less, while more complex projects that require a great deal of time and editing have a higher fee associated with them.
I had no way of knowing what Rachelle's writing was like, or what she was like to work with, let alone the scope of requirements. Our initial conversation provided little background information or goals of the book, so it was impossible for me to quote an estimate.
Since Rachelle's project did not include all of these details and meet the requirements that I needed to give her a fair estimate, I was willing to offer her a break by waiting until the end of the project. My fee would have been based on the ease or difficulty of the project, we would make an agreed upon determination at that time. The result would have been a huge cost break for her. We discussed this on the phone.
Since this was a short term project, I charged her the market rate. I reduced my usual fees and charges for her as a friendly courtesy. I worked fast so that she would not have to incur a large bill.
There were a couple clues before we entered into the actual transaction. I will always remember her horrible comment during her initial consultation: she said coldly, "I bet you'll love seeing your name as editor of this book." It was a cold and hurtful comment. I should have dropped her then because that comment stung. Nothing could be further from the truth. I wanted to help her achieve success and it would have been, I thought, fun working with her. Afterall, I like writing, it's what I do for a living. So when my generosity and helpful nature are used for greed, it fires me up.
And that my friends is a bitter lesson. The wolf in sheep's clothing will enter your life and wreak misery in its path, only to steal from you what it can and what you allow, then leave you stone cold and angry, while she happily strolls on only to find a new gullible pet that she can savor as her next victim.
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