• Carolyn Welch

Demo Days Primitive Rug Hooking Memories

Our first Demo Days Primitive Rug Hooking Event was not only filled with fun, but also a great educational experience as we stepped back into the days of old to create beautiful rugs just like they did back then.


Thanks to Ann, we always learn so much. This rug was part of the "Show and Tell" portion of the demonstration event at the historic Collins House.

Antique Hook Rug of Covered Bridge ~ Ann Badaschh
Antique primitive hook rug of covered bridge

She acquired this beauty on an antiquing trip to Maine. You can almost hear the clippity-clop of a horse drawn carriage echoing from the covered bridge. It may be a primitive piece, but notice the details like the fence barrier used to help keep the horses in control and focused on staying on the road, very important to any carriage driver!

Antique primitive hook rug of children and home - Ann Badasch
Antique primitive hook rug of children and home

Here's another beautiful antique Ann acquired from her east coast adventure. It looks like two children walking home, maybe from school.


Denise prepares for primitive rug hooking
Denise prepares for primitive rug hooking.

You can see her concentration as she prepares to create a masterpiece. Denise is new to the art of primitive rug making. She's been honing her skills with Lavadna.


Tools and scraps for primitive rug hooking.
Tools and scraps for primitive rug hooking.

Her color choices and the stars around the border are very patriotic. I wonder what D.D. and Elizabeth would have thought of that cell phone amongst those rug hooking tools!


Ann and Denise are discussing rug design.

Ann and Denise are discussing rug design. Ann is looking at the rug on the table that she recently completed - Very intricate design. Notice the swirls pattern in the background.


This is a close-up of Ann's rug. See the intricacies and details in the wheel, basket and apron. Also the different texture in the puffs of cotton in the basket add to the magic of this piece.


Look closely at this piece. Ann explained that this rug is not an antique. New techniques were used to create an old world look.


Marlene enjoys the natural lighting for her project.
Marlene enjoys the natural lighting for her project.

The natural light in the dining room was perfect for Marlene as she worked on her rug. Isn't this a wonderful setting by the fireplace and next to the spinning wheel. Takes you back in time.


Sherry, Sabrina, and Marlene
Sherry, Sabrina, and Marlene

Sherry, Sabrina, and Marlene are busy working away on their creations. Can you tell by looking which holiday is one of Sherry's favorites? The jack-o-lantern is a hint.


Here's a close-up of her haunting creation!


Marlene is focused on her work
Marlene is focused on her work , , ,

Marlene is focused on her work of art. It's looking beautiful!


Sabrina has drawn an intricate pattern
Sabrina has drawn an intricate pattern

Sabrina has drawn an intricate pattern for her rug. It looks like we have the makings of a reindeer and Christmas tree with a star.


Angela works on her design.
Angela works on her design.

Say "Hi!" to Angela. Wow, look at all the detail in her remarkable rug.


Angela's rug is considered a story rug; and it's the story of her life. Included in her story is the mighty Mississippi River. Angela’s home in Valmeyer, Illinois was destroyed by the great flood - all about her story. Her rug will also feature chickens, raised at her family home when she was growing up. We are so excited to see the tale her creation will tell.


Lavadna with her bewitching rug as Diana enjoys the event.
Lavadna with her bewitching rug as Diana enjoys the event.

With the bewitching season heading our way, Lavadna shared her witch. Diana loved the idea of coming to this event. No rug? No worries. She brought her cross stitch. Everyone is welcome.


Couldn't make the last primitive rug hooking event? You'll have another opportunity on Sunday, October 2nd, at the D.D. Collins House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The house will also be open for touring. Hope to see you then!




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