Down a dirt road, past fields and deep woods ~
stands a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof...
it's here at our beloved Notforgotten Farm that you will find me...

chasing kittens, puttering in the gardens or talking to the tree.

I love seeing the past through the eye of a needle ~
...I collect old & odd things.
I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh...

I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~

Our little needlework shop & studio
is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
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Regular Shop/Open Studio hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 ~ 4:00
*unless we are away at a show or teaching a class*
{better to call/email first}

our Etsy Shop is ALWAYS OPEN!
Please visit our ETSY Shop ~
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Friday, April 25, 2014

NEW Paper Rug Hooking Patterns and "ROUNDED SHOULDERS"

So while I was at Virginia Rug Fest a couple of weekends ago,
I was watching some fellow hookers hook their rugs with bent-shank hooks…
I was fascinated by how they used them and tried to use one myself.

I simply cannot.

so, I will stick with what I use ~
... so I can get different effects from my loops.

my '1863 Sheep' rug 
is a perfect example of one of my rugs 
hooked in a way that I love ~

1863 Sheep ©Notforgotten Farm

if you look closely, you'll see that my loops have what I call 'rounded shoulders'

it's a look that mimics older, early rugs ~ 
rugs that were crudely hooked with hooks fashioned from old utensils, nails, et….

I also hand cut all of my strips, so they are never too 'commercial' looking for my rugs…
they may start out at 1/4" wide 
end up being closer to 3/4" wide

but that's ok with me…

close up of my loops with 'rounded shoulders'

 I achieve the 'rounded shoulder' look by using a wide strip of wool,
and hooking it through my linen with a small hook.
(the girls at Rug Fest were amazed at the tiny little hook I was using!!)

so here is an example:

green strip of wool is approx 1/4 inch wide

 for this post, I'm using my medium-coarse Miller pencil hook ~

...when I pull my loop through the backing,
I don't "birth" the entire loop up through…
I don't intentionally try to pull the complete loop up through to form a 'straight shouldered' loop ~ instead I pull my loop until it just about pops through the wool, 
this keeps the edges or what I call 
'shoulders' of my loops kind of rolled or turned under ~

sorry about the blur, I was taking pics with my right hand hand hooking with my left ~ although I am right handed!

 you can see in the pic below that I'm pointing to a row 
that I have hooked by completely pulling up the loop, or what I call 'birthing' your loop…
the edges of the loops are straight, or not curled under…
but then I will make rounded shoulder loops to fill in the rest of the way.

showing 'straight shouldered' loops

showing 'rounded shoulder' loops

... can you see the difference?
(i hope!)

here's a good shot of those rounded shouldered loops!
not tightly packed in, but just not pulled up through all the way…
looks like rows of corn kernels to me!

 So, there you have it ~
I'm hoping to shoot a video demo of this technique soon for you to actually see the difference ~

the 1863 Sheep PAPER pattern
and the Sunday Dinner PAPER patterns are now available in my

1863 Sheep

Sunday Dinner

Lots of work to do around here before the open house on May 3rd ~
the shop will be CLOSED on May 2nd to get the shop ready for the big day…
(of course there will be NO hook in on open house day!)

Have a beautifully creative day my friends!

* Blessed be *


Lori C. said...

I love your hooking style Lori, it adds such depth
and character . . . of course starting with a good design helps....and you have that nailed too!

Happy hookin', stitching, painting . . . whatever your day brings!


WoolenSails said...

They are both beautiful pieces and I love the wools you chose for them. I am starting to get the hooking bug again, time to start some small projects.


Stacey said...

I love how you always do things in the way of olde...keeping it simple and not so perfect. That's how the magic happens. <3

NMK said...

You have such a knack for making everything look so primitive ,Love It !!!

The Wool Cupboard said...

Love the primitive look of your hooking, Lori! That pattern is great, too!


Three Sheep Studio said...

Loving your color choices for the 1863 Sheep rug hooking. Beautiful design!

Martha Doe said...

I love your style of hooking and the little I have done could be classifiesd definitely in the "rounded shoulders" style and now I know why...I also use a small hook and cut my own strips a bit wide and avried from 1/2" Up! Martha

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