Thursday, April 4, 2013

Antique Adaptation Red Bird

Finally back to hooking after having bound Big Dog ~ just hate that binding part of hooking but it comes with the job.  A few messages ago I posted a picture of my attempt to make the edges look old and worn but it didn't seem to float my boat.  So I took that binding time to think about and look at the rug.  Finally decided to pull out the questionable aging look and put in the regular cream color.   Here it is as of today.
Obviously I'll need to get out my black walnut dye or tea stain once it is hooked and apply it to tone some areas down a little.    No way can I hook to give the mellow loved and worn appearance of an antique. 
For any of you just now joining my blog this is the original antique that I am attempting to replicate. And if you look further back at previous posts will see what I tried to give the worn look at the top left side of the rug.  But I didn't think it would work.
It was hooked and/or located in Pennsylvania and the auction house suggested it was hooked in the early 20th century with cotton and wool.  I have named it Red Bird of Pennsylvania to credit that state for the find.
Have a good evening.


  1. Hi, Saundra,
    Your red bird is coming along beautifully. I passed on hooking along with you because I just have too much on my plate right now. I hope you will continue to offer this pattern. I need to decide which I like best, red bird or rooster pair. I think you are doing a wonderful job of making it match the antique. I have spritzed walnut dye on little sections of hooked rugs before and like the way it tones things down. Looking forward to watching your progress on this lovely rug.

  2. ohmygosh!! I love this rug, and I will order the pattern. Your colors are awesome!! Trying to make a new rug look old is so hard to do, for me anyway. This is a big piece...can't wait to see your finished work!!!

  3. Saundra ~
    I can't believe you are already done with about 1/4 of it. You are just a hookin' fool.
    Hugs :)

  4. You will dab dye on it after to get the look? is that what you mean? I think it looks great I wish I hooked as much as you do you get so much accomplished.

  5. Howdy, I love to try to make rugs look antique. It's hard to grasp what your rug looks like to you. But I have found that if I mix 5-8 wools, some with textures and some without that are close in value, I get the soft aged look. I'm tempted to hook this one because it is lovely. Hugs, Kat

  6. Hi Saundra,
    Love this design! I think you are doing a great job choosing colors, and once you tone it down a bit, you'll love it. Keep going you're doing great!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. As Acorn Hollow, above, asked what is the process for toning down with walnut dye? You dab it on and dry in the sun? Do you steam that to set? Would love to see a blog with explanation regarding the process...



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