So it's natural that I've been hooking up a storm and creating some last minute teaching samples for camp in Tyler. I prefer showing examples as a visual aid for teaching points.
My love of antique style rugs is very attuned to hit and miss hooking. I think it is the keystone of antique rugs and instantly ages the look of a modern day rug. I've had my eye on the antique rug below, on the left, for a couple years. Finally, with a deadline looming, I got around to hooking a rendition of this little gem. As is common with photographing rugs, especially with hit and miss, the real rug is more appealing in person than photographed.
|Antique rug adaption - old on left, new on right.|
|Antique rug rendition, Kathy Clark, Briarwood Folk Art|
|Finishing on rug edge: gimp framed by coat-weight wool backing|
I also hooked this little "Busy Bee" mat to demonstrate a dirty lights background. In my opinion, mixing up dirty lights is more challenging than making up old looking darks. For this rug I combined two off-the-bolt selections with cotton quilting fabric added here and there, sprinkled throughout the background. The bee's wings are entirely cotton fabric which adds a bit of interest and enhances the vintage look.
|Busy Bee hooked mat by Kathy Clark, Briarwood Folk Art|
For a fun finish on this rug I cut strips of different wool and tied them on the ends of the rug for a ragged fringe look.
In my next post I will share some additional samples I made for the Star of Texas Camp in Tyler. They turned out really cute, so I hope you'll tune in for more pic's.
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