Priscilla Primitive

2018-09-26 18.29.53PricilliaPrimitiveI recently finished my rug named Priscilla Primitive. Priscilla has been sitting in my stash for several years. I knew I would get to it eventually and recently I heard it calling to me….”hook me now! ”

In May I had plans to attend the Ragg Tyme School in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada (Ragg Tyme Studio.) And I knew Priscilla would be the perfect rug to hook.  I had contact with my lovely teacher Beatrice Grant and she agreed that I could dye all the wool I wanted and she would help me color plan when I arrived.

I researched this pattern by looking in rug hooking books and on the internet how others had color planned and hooked this rug and the few I had found had light backgrounds.  I thought it would be a good challenge to hook a dark background and I knew the Antique Black from Dorr Mill   would be perfect, and better yet I wouldn’t have to dye three and a half yards of wool.  I dyed a bunch of wool and used recipes mostly from Vintage Colors by Karen Hahle of Primitive Spirit and a few from Holly Hill Designs  by Susan Quicksall. the pinks and blues were soft, the greens were lovely, and I over dyed on different colored wool to make uniform and nicely blended flowers and leaves.

Bea was very helpful and I learned useful tips and techniques, such as the difference between Wide Cut and Primitive design, that I can do shading, and hooking with a large primitive shank hook is a must. I enjoyed this rug so much I finished in five months. The pattern, I believe was designed by Joan Moshimer and currently can be purchased from  Cushing Company

Trip To Waldoborough

2018-08-09 12.25.24This summer I traveled to Maine with my friend Kathleen Herbert, a Rug Hooking Historian, to visit the Waldoborough Historical Museum in Waldoborough, Maine.   This museum contained several Waldoboro Style Hooked Rugs and we were very excited to see them.

Waldoboro style rugs have raised and sculpted motifs. The motif has loops that are pulled higher than normal and then clipped and sculpted creating soft beautiful designs.  This is a lovely example containing raised roses and scrolls.  2018-08-09 12.38.27You can see a bit more detail in the photo below. I am especially taken by the hooked basket.

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This is another fine example of a hooked rug with rose buds, and blue and white flowers.

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Reading about and seeing photos of Waldoboro rugs isn’t the same as seeing them in person; they are truly remarkable specimens . This road trip has inspired me to add the Waldoboro style of hooking to my “must do” list of hooked rugs to accomplish in the future. If you have the chance to visit Maine, I would encourage you to see the Waldoborough Museum.

Happy hooking,



Pineapple welcome hooked rug

Welcome!  The photo above is the very first rug I hooked upon returning to New England after living in the Midwest in 2001  I found a group, a teacher and I walked into the room and said I wanted to hook a New England themed rug, a pineapple welcome.  The following week Jessie presented me with this 22 x 40 inch half round pattern.  I started to hook and have never looked back. It did however take me almost two years to complete as I had three small daughters to attend to and a farm. This pattern is called Pineapple Threshold from the W. Cushing Company and measures 22 x 40.

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