Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goat, Deer or Lamb

The auction site listed the rug as "a portrait of a lamb..." and no mention of Magdalena Briner Eby as the hooker.  So the local auction house was not familiar with history of hooked rugs.  As soon as I saw it knew immediately it was a Magdalena rug, sent a photo to my friend Evelyn.  Obviously at least two other people recognized it as a Magdalena also.  If you click that link and scroll to the bottom you can see the bidding war between someone on the Internet and perhaps someone at the location of the rug.  

Okay, so is it a lamb as the auction indicated, a deer as a follower indicates or a Goat?  

So what is a lamb?  A lamb is a young sheep and would not be born with horns.  A young sheep is considered a "lamb" until the age of 1 year then considered adult.  Lamb's tails naturally hang downward.  So the listing auctioneer was wrong in calling it a lamb.

Below is a photo of a mother adult sheep who needs shearing and her baby lamb.
Notice the tails are longer and are in a natural relaxed downward position.  
The sheep (adult lamb) above is adult with horns.
A whitetail deer buck running through a field.
Above is a white tail deer with it's antlers, not horns, and a slimmer muzzle.  White tail deer inhabit that part of Pennsylvania where Magdalena grew up.  In a natural position the tail hangs downward, unless they sense danger then lead deer will put its tail upward with the white showing to alert the group and to flee.

Okay, so neither of the above looks like the primitive shape Magdalena hooked, so what about the goat?    
Ah, the goat has hair, not wool and the tail naturally curls upward. Look at the curvature of the horns, the stockiness of the legs vs. the slimmer legs of the deer and sheep.  Sure looks like a goat rug to me.

Below is a Magdalena hooked rug named "Farm" which appears in the booklet.  Notice the similarity in the shape of the horns, the 'bouncy' goat behavior of the legs.  Yup, a goat.  Plus Magdalena lived on a farm and tended to the farm animals.  Thus she was familiar with the shapes of the animals she tended.
In the Magdalena booklet it was mentioned that the photo found was not known to be the front or the back of the rug.  The original rug above was purchased by an antique dealer from the family and as of the writing of the book was the only goat rug found to have been hooked by Magdalena at that time. However, the dealer Thomas Thomas said he had seen other rugs with goats on them.  So now there are two and I'm elated to be a part of the finding.  

Below is my hooked version of Magdalena's "Farm".  
Notice the goat shape in this rug is the same shape as the Goat I am hooking.   Also note that Magdalena got artsy, for lack of a better word, on the horns.  Actually, I find that more note worthy than whether it is a lamb, deer or goat.  Why did she choose to show the detail of the ridges on the horns?  

Have a great evening folks and eventually this evening I'll be able to pull a few loops on my Magdalena.  

OMG, I just looked at my 'stats' on my blog posts.  Since posting this story about this Magdalena rug I've received the most visits EVER.  In the last three posts I've had over 1,000 visits.

Have a great evening everyone.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Magdalena Goat

Sure haven't accomplished much in the way of hooking and am reminding myself that it is NOT a race to see how fast this can be hooked.  Plus, since I have a blog feel the need to do posts daily and shouldn't feel the need to do that.  So, as much as I'd like to do daily posts just might chill like other bloggers do and post every other day or perhaps once a week.

Yard work is upon me once again (I'm the gardner, mini-maintenance person (including doing vehicle oil checks on a 2003 van), house cleaner, cook, dog sitter, and now in the midst of having roof replacement on a shed and soon on the house.  

Oh, and have a few patterns to draw but my table is full of wool and cutter which needs to be cleared off and put away first.  Saundra....deep breath...let out...sigh........  So here is all I've accomplished.
There is a question of whether the antique rug below is was a deer, goat, or... as the auction site called it a lamb.  AHhhhh, think this might be my tomorrow's blog post.  
I've been asked if I would sell patterns of this new Magdalena GOAT rug.  And the answer is YES.  However, not until after mine is hooked so people can see how mine is hooked.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Magdalelna's Goat Continued

So here is how those on-line auction houses work.... a rug can be sent or delivered to an antique dealer/auction house near you.  They could be part of the live auction process on-line so whoever shows up at the auction in person could be in competition with someone bidding on line. This way it doubles the chances some one's property will be sold.  This process is not only for rugs but other valuables.

It was interesting looking at the bidding history of this rug after the fact.  Obviously the auction site was not aware it was a Magdalena as the starting bid was a low $100.  I'm sure had they realized its importance in the hooking community that it was a Magdalena the beginning bid would have been higher.

The starting bid went from $100 to an immediate INTERNET bid of $1,500.  AH, someone knew it was a Magdalena.  From there it progressed with competing bids and internet until the final price of $10,000.  So more than one person was aware of this valuable piece of folk art work by one special woman... Magdalena Briner Eby.

Here is all that I've accomplished on my version so far.  Seems as much time is spent looking for a similar suitable color of wool thru worms and yardage as in really hooking.

My problem is going to be when hooking the horns.  Magdalena used what she had so her hooked horns are hard to distinguish.  So my hooked version of the rug won't be a replication of what she did.

Here is what she was trying to achieve.  Look at the ridges of the horns.
If you check yesterday's post of the original Magdalena Goat and the horns, you will understand what I mean.  

Am still having fun and loving channeling Magdalena.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Magdalena's Goat

Oh where to begin?  There's so much to tell about this so don't think it will all happen in this post.  

First, the measurements are 29 x 36; the Magdalena was framed so the original colors on the back were not visible.  Only the front was seen so colors would have been faded most likely.
Yet, as you can see bright red still shows up.  This must have been kept well to avoid wear and fading.  Yes, the rug IS hooked on burlap and in close-up photos various textiles can be seen which indicate it is OLD. And WAS determined to be an original Magdalena Briner Eby hooked rug.  What a prolific hooker that woman was.

Some of you may have caught the rug photo on Pinterest or same auction site as me.  The auction site said it was a lamb, but sending a photo of the rug to friend Evelyn (Magdalena researcher), she said Magdalena didn't hook any lambs ~ it would have been a Goat.
My friend Evelyn is the person who has diligently researched and hooked every rug found thus far by Magdalena.  That is why, I promised to not post this on my blog until after she hooked the rug. After all, I consider her the "Guardian of Magdalena rugs". OMG, she will hate me for mentioning her name.  

Inside this book it shows a rug which, until now, has a photo of the only rug hooked by Magdalena with a goat.  If you would like to purchase this book or other great hooking books click HERE.

Oh my, there's so much more that I could write and more that I want to hook tonight before showing my poor accomplishments.   

Good evening everyone.  Hope my friends in California as well as Canada are doing okay.  I shutter when watching the weather in California since living there for 3 years.  So earth quakes, mud slides, and flooding remind me of those years and glad to be home with hurricanes, humidity and medium snow.

Happy Friday everyone.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Rug on My Frame

Oh yeah, and this new rug would be an antique adaptation ~ a recently discovered Magdalena!!!  That is why I am so excited to start it.   As I had home ownership issues today was not able to get nearly as much hooked as I'd planned.  But here is a teaser.
There is also an interesting story about this find which I'll share tomorrow when there is more hooked.  

Sadly as there were issues with my garage door opener which I couldn't resolve, the repair people are coming tomorrow to remedy the problem. Hopefully there will be something to share tomorrow.  If not...the next day. 

Hope all are warm in Canada and dry in California.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Finally Finished!!!!!

OMG, am so happy that I could scream!   Yes, I still love the Horse Trainer rug, and yes it was fun to hook...the whipping?  Uh, not so much.  But it is finished and with that extra touch of whipping.  The wool yarn was purchased from Ali Strebel at a rug camp and have two more hanks which have been dyed differently.  Plus have a bit more of left over from Horse Trainer which can be used on a smaller piece.
And the label has been sewn on the back.  Fini!  The label has a picture of the original rug hooked by Julia Eastman Stubbs with her scalloped edge.
My new pattern is already drawn on linen and ready to go.  But think tonight I will just relax and bask in the pleasure of knowing that sometime tomorrow a new rug will be on my frame.

Meanwhile, have no fear, my hands will be pulling loops ~  I'll work a little more on my grandson's Soccer rug.  Heck, this will definitely be a piece of cake and no problem having it all done way before Christmas.

Have a great evening and hope my Canadian neighbors and friends still have electricity.  Hope the impending other storm goes away.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Oh So Close!

Okay, I'm guilty of taking breaks from whipping the edge of my rug with wool yarn so every once in a while needed to pull loops on my grandson's rug.  This one is a piece of cake compared to my son's Cave Man Rug and my grandson's Favorite Sports Rug last Christmas.
So, when the last of the wool whipping is done on the Horse Trainer my grandson's rug will rest for a few months so that I can begin my next project.
Above is the Horse Trainer and all that is left of whipping is 36" at the bottom. It WILL require one more steaming.  I have concerns with the corners. It looks wonderful from the top and coverage is good.  But it seems the corners curl and are longer (stretched out).  Am hoping the steaming fixes the look.  Any advice from your experts????? 

Have a great evening and plans are that whipping will be accomplished tomorrow.  BUT.... I have a pattern order which needs to be drawn, the wool room needs to be cleaned up before before wool can be cut for the new project.    Trust me there is no one more excited about starting the next antique rug adaptation than me.  So we will ALL have to wait.

Have a great evening and am so sorry for the horrendous snowfall for our neighbor's in Canada.  Hope you still have electricity and enjoying your Storm Meals.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Whipping With Wool Yarn Part 2

I'd forgotten just how labor intensive (time wise) this process is. Maybe that is why most of the time I choose binding tape. Wanted to start my new hooking project this weekend but am pretty darn sure it won't happen tomorrow either.
But at least I'm on my way to finishing this one so moving on to the next is in the near future.   
Only the left side and around two corners have been whipped.  I'm to blame for stopping and starting, getting on the computer to check emails, fast forwarding during commercials to watch recorded shows. But hey...I'll be here again tomorrow (I hope) so no need to rush. Afterall, every day is a weekend for me since retiring several years ago.

So now will share with you the formula as to how much yarn is needed to bind a rug. Must admit that I had to call on my gal pal Kris Miller to remind me so am posting it on my blog.  That way not only you will know but when I forget can do a 'search' on my very own blog, lol.
The hank of wool below is what I'm using to bind the rug.  It was purchased from Ali Strebel at Cape May rug camp but she also offers yarn on her web site.  

The FORMULA... It takes 12" (one foot) of yarn to whip 1".  Yes, sad but true.

This rug measures 22 x 47 which equates to 138" times 12" of yarn to whip around......OR 1,656" of yarn required.    Yup, but think you'd want a tad more to cover those corners and to tuck the ends of the yarn under.  So would want a tad more than that.
The hank of yarn above measures 28" (almost 29) and it is on a round so times 2.  There are 39 strands of yarn.  So the calculations are:

28 x 2 = 56" TIMES 39 strands = 2,184" of yarn required for whipping this rug.  So there IS plenty of yarn.

THIS WOOL YARN is thick so am using a single strand to whip with. So am wondering if using a thinner piece of wool yarn and doubled would require twice the amount.   I'm not sure because I've only whipped with either thick (bulky) wool or with cut wool strips.  The remainder of the time I've done the wide wool covered cording or cotton binding.  

Have a great Saturday evening folks.  You may not hear from me tomorrow unless this marathon binding is completed.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Whipping With Wool Yarn

As a hooker who hates binding rugs but loves the hooking process I've chosen to finish binding Horse Trainer as quick as possible ~ bite the bullet so to speak.  Reason because there is yet another rug calling my name...in addition to my grandson's rug.  Oh yeah.... a surprise and an antique adaptation.
First thing is to prepare your edges so the rug doesn't unravel when moved or shaken over a period of time.  You are seeing two rows of stitching as I'd thought of using binding tape instead of whipping. Binding tape is usually 1 1/4" wide so stitched out just 1" to ensure no foundation peeking out from under the tape.

Then after deciding a wool whipped edge it required a little more foundation to roll forward.  Therefore after the heavy rug was hooked did additional stitching another 1/2" outward.
Above is cheap black cotton crochet thread purchased almost anywhere. This is what I'm using to prepare the edge for whipping with wool. 
Above you can see that I've started rolling forward and using that cotton thread to PRE 'whip' the foundation in place.  YES, it IS double work but I personally find it better for me to have a smooth and prepared area to whip with wool.  Rather than holding the curl and whipping with wool and the curl gets unfurled to make lumps.
Am almost around the corner for the prep and tomorrow will start the wool whipping.  That will be part two of this and I'll give you the formula for how much wool it takes to hook a rug.
See those wonderful little red clips holding the curl of the foundation? They are Clover Wonder Clips and wonderful for holding the edge and you don't get stuck with straight pins.  BUT, they aren't cheap and I used a 40% off coupon to purchase mine.

Have a great evening and hope my Canadian friends can open their front door tomorrow.  KIM, hope you enjoyed the pizza and beer as you will need that energizer bunny to get your car cleaned in the morning.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Antique Rugs to Show

Anything to do with a rug show is every body's favorite blog title.  For days I've promised myself that mundane task of whipping the Horse Trainer rug would begin.  Uh, it still hasn't happened.  

As soon as this computer is shut off I'm going to finish hand sewing a label on another rug and will begin the first stage of whipping my rug. Will take a couple pictures of this process and share some information about whipping with yarn.  
Above is an antique folk art rug said to have been hooked around 1860 with multiple animals, birds, starfish, hearts, and bulls eye.
A bias shirred rug dyed with vegetable dyes sold for $38,000.  Wowzer. Below is a close up of one of the flowers.
This blue cat below was to have been hooked around 1835 according to the auction house from which it was sold.
And another animal is this pink pig being walked by a boy, 19th century.
Below is a staggered brick shaped geometric.  No date was available.
Pleasing to my eyes as far as color is the two vases rug below. Although I've no desire to hook it I like the colors; said to have been hooked late 19 century.
And last.... a cardinal which came from a farmhouse and was to have been hooked late 19th century or early 20th.
Okay guys and gals I've some work ahead of me so that I can be where I'd hoped to be last week.  Ah, but life does get in the way doesn't it?

Just so you know..... and for those of you who live in this are already know.... the temperatures reached 73 degrees here in the woods today. Tomorrow is another story.  Tomorrow it will be in the 30's and morning rain will turn to snow.  Predictions for snow level is only for 1".  But those weather prognosticators have been know to be wrong.

Have a great evening.