Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Domestic Zoo Review

Recently a follower who also purchased a Domestic Zoo pattern sent me a photo of her finished rug.  Oh my what a delightful specimen it is. Marketa changed some of the motifs to a raccoon, deer, rabbit, cone flower, sheep, butterfly, dogwood flower and more.  It is wonderful!   
I applaud her for making this Magdalena Briner design known as Domestic Zoo to her own liking by changing some motifs.  She did a great job.  Marketa did say that a smidgen of help by Jayne Hester's husband was needed to tweak the raccoon.  I sure do love that raccoon and is one of the critters she is familiar with in her area.

The one below was hooked by Susan Wrynn.  It is great to see a Domestic Zoo hooked in a dark background.  A dark backrgound is usually my 'go to' color and makes the colors pop.
Here is a Domestic Zoo hooked by Debbe Whalen with the traditional light background.
The rug below was hooked by my friend Evelyn Lawrence.  As you know, it is Evelyn Lawrence who researched the history of and studied the rugs hooked by Magdalena Briner Eby.
My friend Shari hooked the Domestic Zoo below.  I believe she sold it and bet she regrets that decision now.
Another friend, Mary, hooked this adaptation of Domestic Zoo, pictured below and won a ribbon, I believe at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival.
The photo below was taken in progress at Sauder last year and I copied from someones blog.  So if any of my followers know who hooked this I'd LOVE to have a finished photo.
Here is another Domestic Zoo picture I acquired somehow.  Sadly I don't know the name of the person who hooked this and as you can see the hooker made this rug their own as well.  It must have been in a rug show as there is a label but can't make out any name.
This is a picture of a chair which was upholstered with a hooked version of Domestic Zoo.  Awesome isn't it?
Below is the Domestic Zoo and tried to replicate best I could like the one Magdalena hooked.  The background wool was all the same color but does look darker on the left side.  That's because I'm standing on a stool on my back porch and that side of the porch was in the shade but bright enough that the flash didn't go off.  Oh well, you get the idea. 

I had a request from a hooker who wanted me to draw the cats vertically because she wanted to hang it lengthwise along a special wall. For the life of me I cannot remember who it was and sadly have not received a photo of it.  If the hooker happens to read this blog please send me a picture.

And, for those of you who may be interested in learning more about Magdalena Briner Eby, would like to see a collection of her hooked rugs, and the rugs replicated by Evelyn Lawrence here is her book.
So far Jonas has dumped about 8" of snow on me, has turned to rain but we are in for more snow on top of this.  Thankfully I've heat (unlike last January) and the power is still on....for now. Hopefully it will stay on.
Please bring in your pets.  Although they may be made of hearty stock and big dogs like my boy Ben, it is too cold for any domestic animal to be out in these elements.  Just ask my boy who is yawning right now.
 And he takes another peek outside to be sure no human or animal invades his domain.
Stay warm and stay off the roads unless it is an emergency.  Thanks for visiting.



  1. I love love love the rug she changed it to work for her! At some point I should hook one of those but I need to get my self in gear to hook the things I have first.

  2. Those are beautiful rugs and I love how she did her own animals. Mine got ruined when my older dog got sick and I didn't have the heart to take it up, it was his favorite. Wish I hadn't sold my floor frame, seriously think I need to make my own,e even if it takes me forever,lol.


  3. Oh my, such an assortment of Domestic zoo rugs.
    I really like the top one too.

    Stay safe and warm and hopefully you won't loose power in the storm.

  4. Thanks for the Zoo tour. So many wonderful renditions.
    Stay safe, my friend.
    Hugs :)

  5. Oh My Heck! I absolutely LOVE seeing all these versions of the rug - they're the same, but different! Each has it's own strengths and is interesting in it's own way. Thanks so much for sharing them all!

  6. Hi Saundra , what a great rug show! I have been listening to Cnn boy it sounds like a bad storm. I hope you don't lose power. Stay warm, hugs cheri

  7. Such a great show of "Domestic Zoo"! They are all great, however I love Marketa's & I am especially fond of it as I was in Jayne's class with her & watched the transformation as Marketa changed some of the motifs to animals, flowers, egg in her daily life. We hook together and belong to the same ATHA guild so I watched her hook this awesome rug from start to finish! Thanks for sharing all the rugs! Hope your heat & electric stay on so you can get lots of hooking done. We had absolutely no snow in southwest Ohio from Jonas.

  8. Boy do I love all the rugs, and the chair is amazing!

  9. I've been Hooking for about 5 years and have hooked 17 rugs. I have never hooked this one but I really Have To because it is my all time favorite rug.

  10. I just received the rug pattern drawn on beautiful primitive linen and I can't recall when I have been more eager to begin a project. Thank you Saundea for your help with this as I begin what I am sure will be a fun journey into hooking history with Magdalena Briner Eby's Domestic Zoo. xoxo


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