Lighting For Night

Lighting For Night

Patchwork Patterns

If you’re looking for an accessory for a bedroom in which you’ve covered the bed with a patchwork or applique quilt, you can find rugs to go with this theme. Rugs combining a pattern of squares with alternating patterns of flowers were a step beyond the simple geometric rugs. These rugs bear a striking resemblance to applique quilts in which floral blocks alternate with pieced blocks. Alternating squares of florals and geometries gave the rug maker an opportunity to be creative with the placement and arrangement of patterns, use up leftover scraps, and make the rug any size.

Pets Immortalized

An endless procession of household pets has been immortalized by devoted owners, in hooked portraits. Early rug makers honored their favorite cats, dogs, cows, pigs, hens, and horses. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, horses were central to daily life, both as transportation and farm labor, and for recreational purposes. As a result they are the subject of countless early rugs. Birds were also common subjects. The American eagle figured prominently in patriotic rugs.

Learn to Do It Yourself

Many people are fascinated with the craft of rug hooking: taking classes, reading how-to posts, and trying it on their own. It’s an easy craft to learn and the materials are few. Historically, rug hooking has always responded to the prevailing economic and cultural climate. It has provided a means of income in lean times, a pleasant diversion during a depression, a leisure-time activity for periods of prosperity, and now a medium for contemporary craftworkers.

For those who would like to try making a rug, there are many posts available offering detailed step-by-step instructions.

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