..........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.
Happy Memorial Day everyone.
I have been quiet here since March and you might think I have not been creating anything. Here are some pictures of a few things I have actually finished during the last three months. A few new techniques to learn that took some time to figure out.
The cotton baby blanket was sport weight cotton woven on my 32" rigid heddle. I learned double weave... two heddles, two pickup sticks, two layers to weave through so I was able to weave a 40" wide fabric. The cotton was super soft after washing and drying. The new baby girl (niece) will like snuggling under it on cool summer evenings.
The pinwheel braid had me going in circles! So many color changes to make the pattern spin! The knitted crescent shawl using Blue Heron yarn. Beach towels on the bed do work for blocking. Not much of a knitter, but it works. A bit of weaving using bits of fun fibers, from wool locks, to sari ribbon and velvet, novelty yarn. I lined it with cotton fabric, a pocket is inside, and a magnetic snap to close. Silk scarf dyeing with ice was interesting. It was so difficult to wait overnight and not peek or stir the pot. Water was muddy in the morning, but look what came out! This will go with anything anywhere!
And rug hooking. Finished the welcome mat with a braid border, always a nice finish. The Multicolores design is bright and cheerful.
I am still working on the huge Gainesboro rug. More on that later. The next two weeks are dedicated to that 5 year project.
I simply can not wait until we can all get together in person for a show and tell marathon!
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Spring Fiber Fling two weeks ago. We had a great turn out! We all liked the new location for space to spread out, parking, lighting, and the patio outside for picnic lunch!