Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hooked Horse Rug

Its done! Complete! Finished! My very first hooked rug... after 2 years of stops and starts, my burlap coffee sack backed horse has been made to the best of my ability. The outline of the horse was inspired by Pat Cross's book Purely Primitives; the overall design and color scheme was of my own concoction.

To be honest, I finished the hooking portion before Christmas, but since it was a gift, I didn't want to reveal it on my blog, so I have been mum for a few months now. The binding was finished up a few days ago, and a piece of lathe was cut to size by Matt so that it could be hung on the wall...

That was nearly a disastrous decision, for once on my kitchen wall, that darn rug just didn't want to come back down. But I managed, with all of my might to wrestle it down, wrap it up, and give it away (sniff) to my Sister in Law for her birthday...

And that smile made it all worth while. It is so nice to know someone (a rarity out West) who truly appreciates the old arts. She told me I'm good on giving her gifts for at least 5 years now... as if THAT will happen.

Happy Birthday, Jen!

13 comments:

KimV said...

Beth! that is gorgeous... and it did look good on your wall...!
we just have too many interests in common... you did a wonderful job!

Nancy said...

A stunning finish for a very lucky sister-in-law!

Melissa said...

The rug is very beautiful and your SIL is very lucky to be receive it (she knows it too!).

Jeanne said...

absolutely beautiful gift ! she is very lucky !! when do you start your next one ???

Catherine said...

Your rug turned out beautiful! How lucky your SIL is! She certainly looks happy! Looks like you will have to do another rug to hang on your wall!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Gorgeous rug and your SIL looks pleased to be the owner!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I was so happy to see your rug in the post, Beth! It is darling - absolutely wonderful!!! I can just imagine how thrilled Jen was to receive it! I sure would be!!!

Dora said...

A most beautiful finish, Beth.
Your sister in law will surely treasure it.

Kim said...

It's beautiful. I can hardly believe that it is your first rug. I wouldn't dare show what my first rug looked like! LOL
Do you have a 2nd rug planned?
Kim

Amy said...

Beth you never cease to amaze me! Your sis n law obviously feels sooo loved! I didnt realize the scale of the piece until she was holding it. A lot of work! Just think your 2nd one will probably take half the time & you yourself can become the proud owner of one of these beauties!

Teri said...

What a great first rug! I'm sure it was difficult to give that one away, but I see a second rug in your future!

Karan said...

It looks perfect on your wall... but I reckon the smile was worth way more. :0)
I so envy you the beautiful area you live in. :0)

Robin said...

wow!!! That is gorgeous and I'm not sure I could have given that away, LOL!!