Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome Rug is Done!

I tend to enjoy the hooking considerably more than the finishing, so my rugs tend to spend some time rolled up in a corner waiting for me to be motivated enough to do the binding.  It was actually finished a couple of weeks ago, but I was waiting for some good light on the weekend to photograph it.

A few years back, I attended a primitive rug camp near Heber City, Utah (Daniel's Summit).  During some free time, we made a shopping trip to Heber City where I found this unmarked pattern drawn on white linen in a small quilt shop.  I have no clue who the designer was.  Nothing was written on the border of the pattern and it was the only item "hooking" related in the whole shop.  

I made a few changes on the fly, including deleting a puddle and a duck and changing the container from a cornucopia to a woven basket.  I also added in the grid background (ala Gene Shepherd's Big Momma).

Every rug I make I try to learn something new.  This was the first rug I was brave enough to change the pattern from what was originally drawn.  I feel it is important to do whatever it takes to make a rug your own and make it sing for you.  I wish I had taken a photograph of the original pattern so I could share the changes I made.  That is something I will remember for next time!  Short of that, you can click on the "Welcome Rug" tag to see the other places where I blogged about this rug while I was working on it.

I love these little spiral lolipop flowers.

I modified this big blower a bit to make it appear to be a "mature" version of the other purple flowers

Beading used to simulate woven basket


  1. Lovely rug Sharlene - the quilt shop you bought it at was probably Whimsy Cottage - she moved it to SLC a few years ago - and now it's closed. I love the way you used beading on the basket - very effective way to get the woven effect! Good job!

    1. BTW - I just noticed that you're in Woodland CA? My family all lives in Sacramento - my brother-in-law grew up in Woodland.....

    2. I don't live in Woodland, but was there with my daughter who is attending UCDavis...court date for a noise complaint at a sorority party at the house she lives in. It ended up being a costly $580 fine for noise over 50db after 10:00 at night. Ouch!