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Stars and Stripes Hand Hooked Pillow

Stars and Stripes Hand Hooked Pillow

The Stars and Stripes Hand Hooked Pillow is a true piece of Americana for your home or office. It’s primitive folk art style is perfectly suited for a wide range of decors.

I hooked this piece with a combination of wool and recycled cashmere on a linen foundation.

Measures about 16″ x 10″.

Made to Order.  Please email for questions or details.

Stars and Stripes Primitive Hooked Pillow Set

Stars and Stripes Primitive Hooked Pillow Set

Celebrate the good ole’ red, white, and blue with this set of hand hooked Stars and Stripes pillows. Perfect for the cottage, porch, and patriotic decor.  I hand hook each in such a way to represent movement and an aged patina.

Hooked with wool and recycled cashmere.

Backed with antique European homespun.

Stripes measures about 14″ square.

Stars are about 9″ square.

This set is made to order.  Please allow time for the making prior to shipping and slight variations from the photos.

Wonky Stripe Primitive Table Riser

Wonky Stripe Primitive Table Riser

As you know, I adore hooking wonky stripes.  Straight lines are over-rated.  And once I had this little rug, I decided to make a little stool for it to top.

The rug is hooked with wool and cashmere, bordered by a touch of jute where the mat meets the wood.

The bench bit is made of hand-planed pine and finished with wax.

The sizing is petite and well suited for use as a table riser, prim decor, or an actual footstool if you purse an activity that requires a bit of a propping up.  24″ l x 8.5″ w x 4.75″ t

The featured squash is the first Sweet Mama from my garden this year, and is not included.  I have other plans for that sweetie.

The Story of Unite

The Story of Unite

The Story of Unite, An American Hooked Rug has a querulous beginning.   There are a wide range of thoughts and emotions lurking in the background of this rug.  Unite was conceived and hooked while I was listening to and taking in the impeachment hearings and Senate trial.  There is no doubt that it was a national event of wildly varied import and impact.  This rug is how I captured this moment in history for me.

This rug has been an especially fulfilling project for me.  I am not a gifted illustrator, but my doodles occasionally surprise even me.  I’d been studying a variety of other rugs, both old and new, for angels, swimmers, flags.  My wonky striped versions of the American flag, have always been a favorite motif to include, but I’m not quite sure how the mermaid element came in.  When I was choosing my wools for her, I kept thinking of The Statue of Liberty.  She must have been an unwitting influencer.

I dug deeper into the making of this rug than I usually do.  Unimpressed with the color variety in my stash of wools and cashmere and committed to using as many recycled materials as possible, my long resisted dye pot was pressed into service.  I learned so much and was so happy with the results of my efforts, that a little corner of our home is now being transformed into a dedicated dye studio.

As you know, Twenty Twenty (2020) is an election year, and my doodle session resulted in more than one successful rendering of a rug to be.  While we march from one political fiasco to the next, I’ll continue to brandish my hook in search of patriotic harmony through my language of choice, fiber.  The Story of Unite shall continue.

Unite, An American Hooked Rug

Unite, An American Hooked Rug:

Hooked with new, vintage, and recycled wools and cashmere.

Measures about 36″ x 22″

Signed and dated in embroidery on the back.



Whimsical Hooked Buoy Pillow

Whimsical Hooked Buoy Pillow

This hand hooked buoy pillow is an adaptation of what started as my whimsical needle punch pattern.  Sometimes bigger is better, and I love how the wools and recycled cashmeres came together in this generously sized pillow.

Approximately 17″ x 17″.

Backed with red and blue striped antique homespun linen.  Due to the nature of antique fabrics expect some charming imperfections.  In this case, there is a bit of bleed from the red stripes.

Filled with a luxury high quality stuffing.

The Story of A Bench

We had an adventurous winter and early spring searching out intriguing things to make other things out of.  At one stop, we came across a cache of antique bed frames that we couldn’t resist.  The multitude of ideas we have for these will keep us busy for months.  This Four Poster Bench is first out of the blocks, and we’re just getting started…

The Four Poster Bench and Stars and Stripes Pillow Set are both available at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, MA.

To Topstitch or Not to Topstitch?

That is the question I threw out to the FB gang the other night.  Sometimes I think topstitching adds a nice professional finish, but other times I think it just makes the thing look cheap.  The project that had thrown me into such philosophical woes was my Petite Reversible Market Tote.  Would it be more polished with the right color stitching neatly wending its way about the edges or would the whole thing just get fussy?  In the end, I decided on a compromise.  Neat rows of stitching on the top handle reinforcement areas and let the rest of the bag stand on its own.  I’ve just listed it here and here, if you’d like to take a peek.

Petite Reversible Market Tote
Reversible Petite Market Tote