Parris House Blog

Welcome to the life of a modern artisan at the Parris House, a 200 year old homestead and fiber art studio in the National Historic District of Paris Hill, Maine.   Read about rug hooking, fiber art, travel, beekeeping, organic gardening, seasonal recipes, soap making, canning & preserving, chicken keeping, outdoorsmanship, and a wide range of other topics aimed at bringing useful tips, interesting stories, and valuable information to your own life and passions.  Join in the discussion on our comment threads and share your unique experiences with our readership.

A Sneak Peek at the First Hookers Circle Project and How You Can Join Us!

By parrishouse | April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Not everyone can join us in the Maine studio to hook together on Tuesdays.  In thinking about how we could create an online community to bring people from all over the country (and possibly the world) together in a common project, I came up with the Parris House Hookers Circle.  As some of you may … Read more…

In to the Hands of the Next Generation

By parrishouse | April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last Friday I left Maine early in the morning to head out to Rochester, NY for the weekend. It’s not a trip unfamiliar to me because my third son, Peter, is an engineering student at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), but I wasn’t visiting Peter.  In fact, I could not visit Peter this trip because … Read more…

Always Do Your Best, Even When It’s Not “Enough”

By parrishouse | March 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

Something happened this past weekend that made me think about intent, process, and outcome.  We can not always control outcomes, but we can control our own intent, our own decision making, our own process.  Here’s what got me started down that thought path. This is my son Robert’s girlfriend Tracy, getting eye to eye with … Read more…

Seriously, Yes, You Are, and Yes, You Can.

By parrishouse | March 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

I’ve addressed this topic before, but I think it bears repeating, and I encountered a catalyst for this post again just today.   At Tuesday hooking group we had the loveliest trio of sisters stop in for the first time.   One of them was looking for applique wool, and another was already a hooker. … Read more…

Stella Wants My Wifi

By parrishouse | March 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

The weekly blog post is pretty late this week, partially due to my overall work load and partially because I just haven’t been able to quite settle on a topic.  As I sit here tonight working on this post, Winter Storm Stella is popping our power on and off, and my wireless router keeps resetting. … Read more…

Why We Hook the Animals We Love

By parrishouse | March 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

This is my Welsh Corgi, Tru.  (If you really want to get to know her, she has her own Facebook page here.)  As you can see, she was sunbathing this morning while I was putting the finishing touches on the first pattern for the Parris House Hookers’ Circle subscription service, shipping this week.   As … Read more…

“Shut Up and Sing” – A Guide to Why Those in the Humanities Will Not Be Silent

By parrishouse | February 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

This post is not overtly political.  I am not asking anyone to believe what I believe, vote the way I vote, or agree with everything I think.  Rather, this post is about the free expression of deeply held beliefs and values and why creative people, especially, are generally not able to remain silent even when … Read more…

Lessons from a Weaving Lesson: A Beekman 1802 Artisan Experience with Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers

By parrishouse | February 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last weekend I had the good fortune to take a beginner weaving class with Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers.  Some of you may know that Rabbit is an extremely well known and highly respected weaver, with an extensive knowledge of her art and so many related topics and disciplines.  For a more complete portrait … Read more…

How to Make Scented Pillow Inserts

By parrishouse | February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “how to” post even though they always end up being some of the most viewed on the site.  This week I needed to make quite a few scented pillow inserts for our scented hooked pillows and thought I would just document this very simple process and share … Read more…

Today I Received a Gratitude Journal

By parrishouse | February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the gym.  I’ve started working out at the gym again this year because, you know, your body adapts to whatever activity it’s used to and you need to shake it up some.  In my case, my body was adapting nicely to sitting down hooking rugs and working at my desk. … Read more…