i love all things old, antique, and particularly 1800s. in the spirit of my passion, yesterday i was able to try something i have been wanting to do for years. i attended a rug hooking class. it is only offered once or twice a year at this particular quilt shop, and i missed the last one. it look a little effort to get there - over an hour away, but very worth it. and it was even sweeter, because my sister joined me. she helped me work on my first project, which i appreciated, because i had gracie with me, and because she was better at it than i was. you may be cringing as you think back to the latch hook rugs of the 60's & 70's, but this is a centuries old art form, using strips of hand dyed wool, and it is truly beautiful. jill & i started on the pineapple leaves. eventually the entire rug will be filled with loops of wool. i love it, even more than i thought i would - very simple and relaxing. jill already has her first project planned - a very traditional-looking round rug, with rings of variating colors.
here are close ups of the 1840s quilt top that gloria & i found. look at those colors! i didn't do any enhancing of the photos. surprisingly, the earlier you go into the 1800s, the brighter & more beautiful the fabrics were. this top is such a treasure - look at the poison green, the prussian blues, the cheddar yellows, the chocolate browns, and the double pinks - unfaded and brilliant.
the block is a flying geese variation.