However, farm folk may not have had the resources to pay for such luxury. So women would hook rugs on burlap sacks which had a chicken or other motif printed on the sack. They might then embellish it with their own border or add other motifs either free drawn or using a template. Such template may have been a cookie cutter if they were lucky enough to own one.
I've long wanted to design a rug as Magdalena Briner Eby has done, by doing primitive animals I see daily on my wooded property. Still hasn't happened but if I live long enough it will.
If you would like some inspiration for your own design feel free to print out any of these photos of cookie cutters and use as you wish. Below is a leaping rabbit
Templates can be made to use over and over again. Here are a couple ways:
~ Print the photo, trim around the template and glue onto file folder or similar stiff paper. The cut around the design itself.
~ Print the photo. With a light box or window pane, trace the design onto an old Xray film and cut out the motif.
In the event you use any of these as templates I'd love for you to share your piece with me. These are antique cookie tins so I do not deserve or need any credit for your design.
Happy drawing and happy hooking.