Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Primitive Rug Hookers

I found a great book in the Rug Hooking Magazine booth at the ATHA Biennial in New Orleans. It was written by Jenny Rupp (of Sauder Village Rug Show fame) and Lisa Yeago, owners of The Potted Pear - a rug hooking business. The book is Designs for Primitive Rug Hookers, part of Rug Hooking Magazine's framework series. There are 19 projects in the book and each one is thoroughly described with pattern, supplies, great color photos, instructions, etc. The projects are presented by different designers, including Kris Miller and Keith Kemner who are both from my part of Michigan. There are some unusual projects, like a "handbag slipcover", a tea cosy, and even a belt. I have looked at a lot of rug hooking pattern books over the years, but this is the first time I've seen a hooked belt. I might not ever hook any of the patterns presented, but each time I look through the book I have new ideas for rugs and patterns , so I suggest this is a good book for inspiration.