Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.

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Hello rug hooking friends,

Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue. No I’m not talking about marriage. I’m talking about the cute pillow pictured above and the best of friends.

Something old:  I purchased this pattern in November 2018 from the Sea Side Rug company owned by Laura Kenyon and Debra Walland.  The pattern is called Waldoboro Bird & Nest    Waldoboro style rugs were hooked in the 1880’s and have a unique raised wool technique. After purchasing the pattern, I put it away knowing that I would eventually hook it.

Something new:  Fast forward to November 2019.  I was packing to attend a hooking retreat in Maine with a lovely group of friends.  I brought along a large pattern and threw in the Waldoboro Bird & Nest “just in case” I needed something extra.  I’ve found that if I get stumped on a rug motif, or color while working on a pattern it’s often a good idea for me to stop hooking, take a break and hook something else for a bit. So, out came the Bird & Nest. I didn’t want to hook every motif in the Waldoboro style, so I used crushed velvet for the eggs, flowers and buds.  Using velvet was new for me and I loved it The birds’ wing was hooked in the raised Waldoboro style and you can see the velvet eggs and flower in the closeup below

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Something borrowed: rug hooking friends are wonderful caring and sharing people. We give advice when asked, ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over finished projects and give a helping hand when needed. I had put together some wool for the Bird & Nest but I didn’t have just the right colors for a few of the motifs.   I borrowed the brown branch wool from Judy, gold wool for the bird’s beak from Dawn and purchased the background from Jenna. My pillow top was now perfect. Thanks girlfriends!

Something blue:  Of course the bird is blue! However, I have to say hooking this whimsical pillow top also chased away my blues from being stumped on my first project. The bird is just so happy and cute, who wouldn’t have their blues chased away while hooking this?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  No wedding bells, but a fun little project completed with help from a few happy hooking friends.

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