One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to spend a little “me” time doing the things I enjoy. I’m probably like most of you who get caught up taking care of the kids, husband,work, chores, and on and on… There never seems to be enough time to, well, just do something for yourself. So, yesterday I gathered up my rug hooking materials and headed over to my good friend, Lynne’s house. She has a wonderful 1844 Greek Revival home in the historic Village of Romeo from which she teaches primitive rug hooking and Russian punch needle.
For those of you not familiar with rug hooking, hooking began in the U.S. around the mid 1800’s. Women made rugs for their homes using old clothing torn in strips and hooked into burlap feed bags. Fabric was hard to come by and nothing was wasted. Most designs of early rugs were very primitive. Familiar objects such as houses, trees, pets, birds, etc. were often drawn onto the burlap with charcoal from the fire.
Rug hooking today uses new wool and recycled wool from thrift stores. Linen, monk’s cloth and burlap are used as the foundation. It’s a wonderful old world craft, very relaxing and fun to learn. Get together with some of your friends and learn primitive rug hooking. You’ll be hooked!