Friday, July 12, 2013

The Eagle Rug

This is my latest hooked rug which is an adaptation of an old rug I saw in a book.  I love this rug.  I found it in the book "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs" by Joel and Kate Kopp.  It was a rug made between 1803 and 1812 according to the 17 stars which probably represents Ohio.  It was yarn sewn on linen and the original was 36" x 69".  I loved the colors, the circles, the eagle and the use of pink in the flowers and bits of the circles.  The red is more of an orange and the blue is not a navy.  Maybe the colors faded over the 200 years but as it is now, the colors are appealing to me.  Not your typical eagle rug.  Then I found the pattern for this early 1800's rug in the book "The Rug Hook Book" edited by Thom Boswell.  I tried to follow the colors as much as possible, however the blue that was used in the original was more of a cadet blue, I just couldn't find the right formula to dye the wool.  This is my favorite rug I have hooked so far.  If you want to see the original rug, it is found on page 21 of "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs".
Happy Hooking