Super secret rugs revealed.

What a wild and fun week of rug hooking at Sauder Village!  I got home yesterday and it will take me a while to process all of the experiences I had there.

I finally can show you two of my super secret rugs [I still have more secret ones].  The barn rug is titled, Barn Meadow Flowers, and was adapted with permission from a photograph by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan of Celebrate Life Gallery.  Check out their website and delight in their beautiful photos. 

For my hooked adaptation, I had to dye wool for the barn in an old, faded red.  I added dimension to the center of the sunflower by doing French knots with some beautiful variegated yarn. For the Queen Anne’s lace, I used three colors of embroidery floss on top of the hooking for the stems and needle-felted wool roving for the flowers.  Some elements in the photograph were left out for the sake of simplicity.

The second rug was so much fun to do that it was difficult to keep it a secret.  Kathy Wright has written a book on the rugs of James and Mercedes Hutchinson.  You can see information on the book here and you can see images of more original Hutchinson rugs here.

My rug titled, My True Love, depicts our dog, Benji in his usual spot on our bed.  The wording came to me in a brainstorming session with a rug hooking friend.  I do not like to hook letters, so this was a challenge.  I decided to make the lettering wonky, because I assumed that is how it would come out anyway.  Thank you, Kathy, for including me in this fun project.

I will have more to tell about the week at Sauder Village, but this is enough for now. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the big beautiful world of rug hooking!

My rug, Barn Meadow Flowers, adapted with permission.

My rug, Barn Meadow Flowers, adapted with permission.

Barn Meadow Flowers, a photograph by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan of Celebrate Life Gallery.

Barn Meadow Flowers, a photograph by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan of Celebrate Life Gallery.

My Hutchinson-esque rug called, My True Love.

My Hutchinson-esque rug called, My True Love.

Here is Benji, who modeled for my Hutchinson-esque rug.  He's so dedicated that he still assumes this pose every day.

Here is Benji, who modeled for my Hutchinson-esque rug.  He's so dedicated that he still assumes this pose every day.