..........to Shady Hill Rug Hooking

picture made of hand dyed wool


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.








Favorite autumn reds

Red mums on the porch of our daughters cabin on the hill in Ohio.  Fall reds are appearing and the leaves and mums are my favorite.  Next week I will get back in the dye pot to have these colors return to my stash, along with coordinating hand-dyed silks.






On cool mornings the dye pots come out

One cool morning this week and I did some dyeing for rug hooking fun.  Greens for leaves including the layered casserole which I enjoy because of the pretty surprises when the extra dye leaks in around the edges.  Layers are the same colors of course, but never the same pattern of dye.  Dip dyeing grapes anyone?  This piece might be perfect, lights and darks, or maybe blueberries.  Pretty swatch going from purple to pink.  The last one is much richer color in real life.  The photo washed out the richness, but I am going to reach for it when ready to hook a....something wonderful.

Remember to check out my Facebook page Shady Hill Rug Hooking, and my Facebook group - Rug Hooking, Traditional and Original.  You are welcome to join and add your photos, comments, ask questions and even help answer questions.