Thursday, October 14, 2010


First I want to thank my friend Pat Wenger for her many kind words about me on her blog. Also, I want to thank her for her wonderful pictures of my rugs. Her's are so much better than mine. I would not post these pictures except that I thought I would like you to know the reasons that I showed these particular rugs. To see better pics go to

Those of you that know me, know that I like to play around with color. So here goes the explanations of the rugs below.
This is a monochromatic color scheme. I dyed many shades of gold to achieve this color plan. The mums in the center of
the rug were dyed with the heads of yellow mums that
lined the streets of
Washington when Jimmy Carter was elected president.
This rug is a Pearl K. McGown design called
"The Duke of Marlboro"

This is a two color rug. Using only two dyes and dyeing many
shades of each to achieve this color plan

Closeup of main motif.
This is also a P. K. Mcgown design.
"Southern Belle"

Sorry this is a poor photo. This rug is done only in
secondary colors. Orange, Purple and Green.
The cornor leaves that appear gold in the photo
are really a yellow green.
This is a true secondary color - color plan .
Also a McGown Design.

This is an original design. I call this study in black and white.
Done in two shades of white to give the
background a checkerboard appearance
with a soft black. I dyed the black since I did
not want a harsh black as "off the bolt" material
would give.

I chose to show this design as it is an example of
a primitive designed hooked in the fine tradition
with lots of shading.
It is a "semi" secondary color plan in that
it uses orange, green and purple but
is on a deep blue background. A hunter green background
could have also been used to make it a true
secondary color plan.

Close up of the focal point of the rug so that
you can see the shading in a primitive design.

All of the above rugs are hooked with a number 3 cut
and done in wool hand dyed by me.

I chose to show this pictorial because of the soft coloring.
Most of the materials in this rug are tweeds,
plaids and checks with the exception of
the reds which I dyed.
All of the materials in this rug are hand cut. That is
the way I was taught to do primitives.
Another primitive design. The materials in this rug
are also hand cut. Many years ago we did not have
any cutter blade larger than a No. 5.
All of the reds and pinks in this rug were cut from
one piece of plaid material with very large
squares of plaid.

The deep green leaves in this rug are
from an old blanket. The light green leaves are one
plaid and one tweed.

This primitive design was done with a
number 5 cut wheel. The color plan is suitable for a
man's den or office. It is a very masculain looking rug.
The deep orange color in the flower designs
is done with paisley. The background is very boring!
It is Dorr's "off the bolt" camel color. Never again will
I do a "off the bolt" background. A lesson well learned!

This is an original design.
I love these kitties - one reaching for a butterfly and
another reaching down for a mouse. (sorry I cut the picture off)
This is also hand cut and used many tweeds and checks.

"The Library Cat"
A whimiscal piece design by Fluff and Peachy Bean.
I chose to show this piece because it is a fun piece.
It makes me smile and I hope you smile too.

I hope you have enjoyed my little rug show. I believe that rug hooking has many facets and that when we limit ourself to only one style of hooking we are cheating ourselves. I hope that the variety of hooking types shown here has interested you and will spark you to not only try different things but to expand on our art form. I have only touched the tip of the iceberg for there are many additional facet's not shown here. Jump out of the box and create something new! Happy hooking.


Kim said...

The rugs are all stunning. It is nice to hear the story behind each one.

Julia said...

You are too modest Doris. Your rugs are so very beautiful. I had to scroll a long way down below the post to be able to leave a comment. Thanks for telling the story with every rug. JB

Dog Trot Farm said...

What beautiful rugs, such inspiration you offer. Enjoyed reading the story behind each masterpiece.

moosecraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous rugs!!! It's nice to see the rugs, but you also have interesting facts about each piece too! I was really surprised to read about the dye formula for the mums in the monochrome rug! :-) That's what makes each hooked rug so totally priceless!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Great pieces Doris! and always nice to hear a story behind them.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Doris ~
Your rugs are exquisite! Such a fine cut with beautiful shading and/or detail.
What cut is your "hand cut"?
Hugs to Eloise :)