If you are pulling loops and have a comfortable rhythm, you have already graduated from rug hooking 101. Many of the seasoned hookers will know this already but for you newbies here are a couple things you may not realize.
There are no real hard/fast rules in rug hooking but rather guidelines like, pull loops up as high as the width of your wool strip, it is okay to use different size strips in the same rug but if you use #8.5 for most of the rug and use #4 for inside the flower, you need to pull that #4 strip up as high as the #8. Other than that it is follow your heart.
Someone asked me if I would be offended should someone make changes to one of my patterns. My answer was an honest "no I wouldn't be offended" as I've made my own creative changes to others' patterns. There is a caveat with that choice tho ~ you still cannot claim it is your design even after making the changes.
Case in point, 2007 I hooked Kindred Spirits' Crow Sampler, her design shown below.
After buying the pattern and ready for my frame, I felt it needed a border framing all the way around. It took a little time but I moved the border over and re-drew the pennies all the way around. This is my hooked version and I cannot claim it my design, it is still an Ali Strebel design.
Another example is Bev Conway's whimsical pattern Speckled Hens.
Although her design is cute with huge eggs laid by the hens, I envisioned the design for them to be sitting on a straw nest, thus my finished rug ~ it is still Bev Conway's design.
Yet another rug I made changes to is by Bill Laraway named Gossip. This is his original pattern with some of my early redrawing of the design to suit me. And here is the finished rug. Am so proud of the feathers and my birds. When I posted the finished rug photo on Facebook I gave credit to Bill, of course, for the design and mentioned I took creative license. He saw that post and gave me a 'like'.
Although I drew a modern day image of clock, added a cabin and chicks in the mat below, I cannot lay claim it is my original design. For it was inspired from the antique quilt of Harriet Powers, therefore, you guessed it, it is an antique adaptation. You can read a little about it HERE and see what I'm referring to. Evelyn gave me a Nola Heidbreder pattern named Golden in the Garden. Naturally it beckoned me to change that Golden into a Rottweiler. Perhaps one day I will take the rug off the wall and change Ben's head and nose as it doesn't look proportionate to the body.
This is how my boy Ben looked and I hooked it in mostly #8 and #8.5.
There have been a few other patterns I've had to change but won't go into the lengthy detail of the purchased botched antique adaptation of the Mary Comstock rug but you can read a segment about that HERE.
More for you newbies to know...and something I notice often even with rug teachers and people to sell patterns which irks me. There are those folks who put their web site 'watermark' on antique rugs as if it is their brand. An antique rug in public domain and dated 1927 or older is free for anyone to draw and cannot be copywritten. Sometimes people put that watermark on a rug to make people believe they own the rights to draw it and only them.
Not true. Perhaps it would be a friendly thing to do, but that would be a monopoly with a lack of healthy competition. Another thing I've noticed is where a pattern seller will make changes to an antique adaptation (changing a deer to a sheep), (changing a Magdalena animal into something else) and calling it their design.
Nope, again not true, it is still an antique adaptation. It would behoove them to change the wording to something like: inspired by Magdalena Briner Eby, or antique adaptation of Magdalena Briner Eby or if the designer is unknown, that word would do too ~ but it is still an antique adaptation.
Sorry if this was a boring blogpost or seems redundant, but I wanted to write about something and this subject popped in my head. Happy weekend and happy hooking.
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