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10 15 participants so far, me being 16th. Just added one more as Denise B figured out what her problem was with the No-Reply Blogger. But Linda, unfortunately you are a NO-Reply Blogger so I cannot send you an email or photos.
Someone with forethought asked me what the RULES were for this challenge.... time limit, colors, size, etc.
RULES ~ there aren't any rules except this "challenge" was intended to try and walk in the shoes of Magdalena and other 1800s rug hookers who used what they had. Heck, if you look at the priceless rugs they produced, survived against all odds and brought big bucks at auction, I'd say they did a great job using what they had.
RULES ~ there is no time limit, just hook at your leisure and send me a photo when you have something to show and share. Heck, you know me, I might put mine aside and start something else in between. But bet readers will be interested in seeing how this is going.
RULES ~ You don't have to use the same colors as the original antique. Use the colors you prefer.
OH, and there isn't a prize, lol. This is to be a personal challenge.
In the past, they used red long johns, cotton stockings, calicos, denim, silk if they had it and whatever was left over and not quite worn out. Probably the only wool used back then would have been from civil war uniforms.
As soon as I chose my design thought these would be what was needed for the mat.
These are cottons....where are those rotary cutters I used to have?? 😞 Did have them but guess when I got all fancy and purchased an expensive cutter those were put in a box for the thrift shop. Well hell, so out came the scissors. That reddish stripe was a thready piece which would have been nothing but threads had I ripped it. Thankfully there were lines which I could follow to hand cut. Those were cut in 1" strips and hooked just fine. But...
Looking at the photo above that thready porous fabric doesn't look all that pink to me now. Oh well, I'll still use it in the hit and miss border so it will be used.
Guess by now you know what I've chosen to hook. I enlarged the Patriotic Shield 250% to the dimensions of 19.5 x 21. After the piece is hooked plans are to do a black walnut spray to tone it down and age it.
And you will notice the stripes are wonky. Yup, that is the way the antique looked after it was well worn and that is the way I'm going to hook it.
Hearts in Circles
Sheep Under Feet
Cathy of Acorn Hollow
4Hearts and Flowers
Okay gals, if you have any other questions or suggestions please let me know. Hope we all have fun and experience a little of the people who inspired our love of hooking rugs.
Love to all.