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.

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…

We’re Gonna Let Love Rule…and Other News

By parrishouse | January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Since I’m going to be blogging at least once a week, you’re going to learn random facts about me.   Here’s one now:  I’m a major Lenny Kravitz fan.  I fell hard for Lenny Kravitz’s music in 1999 not long after “Fly Away” came out.  At that time in my life my husband and I … Read more…

Time to Get Out Your Calendars and Write Down These Dates

By parrishouse | January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am a planner junkie.   In fact, I have a planner, two workbooks, a wall poster calendar, and several calendars around the Parris House to keep me as organized as possible.  That’s not to say it’s always 100% effective, but I’m a writing-it-down kind of woman.   The particular organizing and planning system I’m … Read more…

Giving Back – Our Choice for 2017

By parrishouse | January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in the late fall, I announced that Parris House Wool Works was going to choose a worthy non-profit to support in 2017.  I knew that I could not give much – Parris House Wool Works is still finding its feet – but I wanted to give something, as much as I could.  I got … Read more…