..........to Shady Hill Rug Hooking
My website name describes where I live. On a hill, shaded by old oak trees, in a home with a beautiful porch where I can hook rugs.
The art of traditional rug hooking has been around for hundreds of years. Creating a hand hooked rug is still being done today as it was long ago, with the simple tool of a hook and strips of cloth. Now it is considered an art form. Rug hooking has no limit for creativity and imagination.
I hope you enjoy looking at the hand-hooked rugs, hand-dyed wool, rug hooking patterns and appliqué patterns that are on the following pages.
Little Joseph is hooked and prodded with all left over selvages and I did not even make a little dent in my extra large collection! His body as well as the flower is done using the proddy technique, pulling short pieces of wool up leaving the ends on top. I shirred the flower stem by stitching a running stitch though the strip then turned it on edge and sewed it to the backing before hooking around it. Background is regular hooking and jammed in tight to make the loops wiggly. Wool appliqué on the leaf with a bullion stitch bug, my favorite, then the leaf is attached with a button. At the Florida Tropical Weaver Conference last week I purchased some wonderful core-spun alpaca fiber. I think it adds a nice finishing touch to my little left over selvage project.
Roving of all breeds of sheep. Along with Silk. Bamboo. Camel. Yak. Cotton. Cashmere, and every combination imaginable. A sample of baby camel fiber and a sample of yak fiber came home with me, along with some core spun alpaca fiber that I think will be a perfect finish for a perfect hand-hooked rug.
I was able to try out several different spinning wheels. Each one was beautifully crafted and easy to use. Thank you to all the owners who so patiently gave instruction and time.
Florida Tropical Weavers Conference at Lake Yale Conference Center near Leesburg FL. Four days of classes, demonstrations, vendors, mini-sessions. Tables piled high with color, display racks hanging with inspiration, samples full of beauty and talent. And the friendliest group of fiber artists were there to offer information about spinning and weaving. Yes, of course, I did meet several rug hookers at the conference. A few lovely hand-hooked rugs were on display along with weaving samples. One fiber art leads to another and then another, all are intertwined.