Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Can't in good conscience delay showing you the update on Cottage and Apple Tree any longer.  I've often said hooking an antique adaptation is like putting together a puzzle.  Some of those puzzle pieces would be hiding in your noodle/worm bags.  That is just one unspoken secret which helps make a rug look old.   

Antique rugs never had a yard of the same wool to hook a background, unless it was a tattered blue or grey military uniform.   Plus back in the day rugs were made with 'rags' of homespun cottons, cotton stockings, long johns or whatever textile was available.
Didn't get many loops pulled yesterday as I needed a shearing and afterward had my annual eye appointment.  HATE having my eyes dilated because after 5 hours later there was still the peripheral glare in my vision.   Normally I have a rug to bind while sitting in the waiting room but good or bad am all caught up on binding.  

Am hoping the gals who purchased this pattern are having as much fun as I am.  I'd love to see a photo of yours eventually and if you have a question about what I'm doing or want me to take a close up photo of something, please feel free to email me.  

EEK, soon I'll have to decide what my next one will be ....but at least there's the Comstock rug sitting on the sidelines.



  1. I can tell you're truly enjoying this one....and, once again, you've really nailed the "old" feeling of the original. It probably sounds odd, but my favorite thing about this one is the bare tree to the left of the cottage. For some reason, I just love it. ~Robin~ (TheCrankyCrow)

    1. I think it was that 'ugly wool' posted about in a previous blog.

  2. It looks wonderful as always. I have to have an eye appointment every 4 months not fun. But keeping my eye sight is so important to us all.

  3. I just Love how you are hooking this ...looks so nice & prim !!! I need to hook this too !!!
    Eye drops bother me too , I try to go late in the day , so they don't bother me all day long .

  4. You are almost done and it certainly didn't take you long. It looks really prim.
    I'm glad you're having fun with this one. I didn't pull any loops this week as I've had lots of visitors which has been so nice and a big change since Covid-19. It has been a perfect week so far, except for my aching hip and back.

    Stay cool.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. Its gorgeous!! I love seeing your hooking and I love the bits of history of rug hooking you throw in. I learn so much. I am sorry your eyes acted like that. Before my cataract surgeries, they did that over and over. I am not a fan of that at all either. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. This one you hooked in record time! Very prim and love the way you are adapting it to look like an antique. Janice

  7. Love this mat!!!you have caught the old look!!!
    Thanks for posting,,,!!!


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