I taught a great beginner class today! There were 8 eager learners and they are now on their way to becoming accomplished rug hooking artists. I talked a little about the history of rug hooking and the way old rugs were hooked. It made me a little nostalgic, so I looked up my pictures from the Magdalena rugs that were on display at the Sauder Village rug exhibit last summer. I'm sure many of you have seen pictures already but I took some close-ups and I think they are worth sharing.
I like to think that Magdalena had a wonderful, whimsical, and very creative imagination. I think this rug is terrific. If you want the pattern, Barb Carroll from the Woolley Fox does an adaptation of this rug. Look at these close-ups:
You can see all types of cool fabrics in there-stripes and dots and prints! Maybe Grandpa's pants or Grandma's old Sunday dress. Not all of it was wool. The colors are vibrant still, even though more than a hundred years of wear has taken its toll.
I don't think anyone should ever worry about if their hooking is even or not...Magdalena just worked her magic and we love it!
I love this little dog rug too. The colors are so simple and yet it just speaks to my heart.
PS: Just in case you haven't noticed, I have posted my 2012 schedule. Just click on the words at the top of this page and it will take you to a new page with my schedule. There may be a few more additions, so make sure you check back occasionally to see what's new.