Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I used to be a hooker (of rugs)


I used to do old-fashioned rug hooking, using strips cut from discarded wool clothes and hooking them into burlap. It was my winter hobby, and I loved it. I stopped a number of years ago when things got difficult at home, and I left a couple of projects unfinished. I got one of them out recently, a table runner I designed ten years ago. The seven cats we had at the time are pictured: Puma, Eve, Nocci, Grimmy, Houdini, Buddy, and Princeton. Today only Princeton is left.

I found evidence that moths have visited it, but I don't see any obvious damage. I hope they haven't weakened it badly. I'm thinking I should finish it. I know my daughter Jill would want me to. She enjoyed hooking, too, as well as the cats (and all animals!) and really liked this design. We thought it was fitting that the cats should be on a table runner because we were always chasing them off the table.




5 comments:

Helen said...

Wow, those names! I think we should set up a retirement retreat together, and fill it with cats and crazy old cat ladies.

Susan said...

An intriguing idea. If we run out of things to do we could make cat beds out of your leftover flannelette.

Indigo Bunting said...

Love this rug...

Susan said...

Thanks, IB. I've started working on it again, and I'm really enjoying it. Very relaxing . . .

JHK said...

I love the design! Will you teach me to do that? I want to be a hooker too!