Saturday, August 7, 2010


Some time ago I asked Pat Wenger to enlarge a pictorial from a post card that I had been carrying around for some 20 or more years. The picture is of a farmer and his wife in a cart with animals going to market. I asked Pat if she thought it could be enlarged to a 3 x 5 rug since I wanted it for a wall hanging in my kitchen/dining area. She did a marvelous job of this. It is slightly larger than the 3 x 5 in order to get the right proportions. If you ever need anything enlarged Pat is the person for the job.

My plan for the summer was to "take the summer off." No teaching, no going to a lot of hook-ins and during July and August get at least half of this pictorial hooked. Ha,ha,ha,ha! My students still wanted to have lessons during the summer, so I am still teaching. The heat has been oppressive, and I have had a stomach problem for the last 6 weeks - soooo, the best laid plans have gone astray.

However, it is started. I have been working on this pictorial element by element. It is to large to try and get an overall view of the entire piece so I can only show you parts and pieces.

Here is my version of Rhode Island Reds on the way to market. My animals are not really realistic - more cartoony looking.
I love the cow and am very pleased with the way "bossy" turned out.

Here is "mother oink" and her baby - they do have a smile on their faces!

This is an overall view of the finished part before I had hooked the dog and the rest of the chickens.
This is proving to be a fun project one I really enjoy hooking. I am using a #3 cut throughout so that I can get the detail that I want. I still have to make some decisions on color of grasses and perhaps will need to dye for some of the larger areas. Still so much to do since there are more animals to hook on the other side of the pictorial.
This is how Eloise helps me hook on a hot summers day. The hooking room floor is cool and inviting for a girl to take a snooze.
My hook is busy - I hope your is too. Try to enjoy what is left of summer for all too soon it will be snowing again. Keep the smiles and good thoughts coming.


Kathy (woolfind) said...

Doris, your rug is FUN! Love what you are doing with it. Pat did a wonderful job transfering it to your linen.
Stay cool, I"m sure it won't be much longer before the temps start to drop. Hope you are feeling better soon.

weaverpat said...

Hi Doris,
Glad you posted the pictures. I've been wanting to see the rug. So far it looks great. Love the color of the chickens! It's going to be BIG!!!
Have a wonderful weekend! We're getting a cool breeze this morning. Is it coming your way?

Joanne said...

What a great pictorial - and how nice of Pat to enlarge it for you! Looks like you have a lot done on it already! Love the animals! Eloise looks comfy - feel better!

Orange Sink said...

Hi Doris,
I absolutely LOVE your rug! You have mastered the hooking of all the animals! I could look at them all day as they make me smile! Be sure and post pictures of your progress as I don't want to miss anything! Smokey and Max do the same thing when it's hot! I've been tempted to try laying like that on these hot days too but I'm afraid of being carted off to the asylum!
P.S. I am in awe of Pat's talents in doing the pattern! She should do a tutorial on that someday ( Pat, are you listening?) I hope the cool breezes find their way to you and Eloise soon!
Cathy G

Hooked on Primitives said...

Looks so comfy!! Your rugs are real beauties, gorgeous work! Cathy