After her blog post a follower asked me to post photos of all my rugs. Told her I'd have to do it in segments or by year because I'm sure I've hooked well over 80 rugs and if you add purses, mitts/pockets , etc. there would be over 100. Well, here goes......
2001 and just a newbie began my hooking with small stuff. I'd see wonderful antique rugs in Country Living Magazine (the old publications) and wanted to replicate those. But you have to start somewhere, right?
My first lessons were from the booklets of Kindred Spirits. The very first piece hooked was a piece like this. But not this one; sadly I didn't have a photo of the poor sad thing. But below was like my very first project.
In 2003 I attended my first ever rug camp and hooked a pattern sold by Charco, #1105 Heritage. It was hooked using #8 strips. This rug was in a very high traffic area at my front door until recently. It held up very well and only the edge of the wool wrapped foundation was worn. Not the foundation itself, but rather the wool covering, was worn so rolled it up and put another rug in its place. But hey, it was at the front door for 14 years.
This rug is still in front of my kitchen sink where it gets lots of use. It still looks great but on occasion will need a damp soapy cloth to clean up a spot where something has dropped on it. Again, 14 years and going strong. I am getting a little bored with it so will need to find something else to place there.
Woolley Fox, which also was given to sweet Cathy, my DIL.
In 2004 I hooked a floral pattern by Patsy Becker which resides on the step landing and gets lots of use when I climb to the sewing room and wool room. If I'd had a better wool stash would have hooked this differently. The background and border was hooked using Dorr #44 which was popular back then as a primitive black. It was also left over from the wool purchased to hook Heritage above.
Also an oval Hearts and Flowers w/checkerboard design by Kindred Spirits. The outside border and inside dark blocks are hooked with a blue and deep red plaid wool. I didn't have much of a stash back in those days and used what I had.
Both Humble Beginnings and Heritage above were hooked in April at the McGowan Rug Camp in Ocean City, MD. At that particular time only McGowan pattern designs or Charco designs could be taken to the classes. McGowan patterns were NOT me. So purchased a Charco pattern book to make my choices for a rug design.
A few years after the classes of 2003 and 2004 the McGowan Guild mellowed and decided to accept pattern designs by other artists. I'm sure that choice gave the camps more revenue with that decision.
Pineapples and Flowers is a design by Bev Conway and until just recently was on the floor between kitchen and living room, another high use area. This one shows only having been flattened by use but no dirt or damage. I got tired looking at it so put another rug there just recently.
Below is a very washed out rug called Mouser which is an adaptation of an antique. The photo was taken outside on my deck as natural light was supposed to get a good picture... or so I thought. This sold at one of my shows years ago and would love to hook it again.
Am not sure if these were all the rugs hooked in those years since I didn't start recording my pieces until years later and was at the mercy of photos, memory or having the rug on hand. I'm much more diligent in recording rugs as they are in the making now.
Have a great day. It is lovely outside today and a good day for the men to replace the roof on the shed since it is low humidity.