Antique rugs

LITTLE BIRD CHAIR SEAT

SPRINGTIME BIRDIE
I saw this antique little spring bird mat somewhere online  . .I have seen other versions of almost this same pattern . . .
Nice use of recycled fabrics . . .
I really like this primitive simple one very much-especially the background!I am wild about backgrounds in rugs  . .I often hear it said they are so boring to hook!NOT SO if you apply all the colour you can  value wise!!!in those beautiful shapes!
Nice outlines also . . . .

RUG of the DAY!

A Beautiful ANTIQUE DOG RUG
Love this  RUG !Hooked with limited colour palette of old clothing ,I imagine . . . .
These days .with all the dyed wool around ,we have  so much to choose from that  we over complicate  it  colour wise . . . . .great border example here also!

ANTIQUE REPLICA RUG

This ANTIQUE mat  original is in a small museum here in MOntreal . .
This one  is titled ''CAT & MICE''  but . . .looks more like a cat  & rats!
Nice rendition of  the  old rug  . . . .
This time of year  the old farm house is getting invaded by- mice!
Off to the ROUND BARN At SHELBURNE rug show tomorrow . . .
Why were barns built in the ROUND?
Because
. .. it was believed that . . .DEVILS  LIVE in CORNERS . . . .
maybe thats why this mat has those  extremely round corners?

BLOOMIN' ROSES RUG

ANTIQUE ROSES
My Baffin ROSE is about to bloom and it makes me think of these simple roses in an antique rug, with edge falling off , that I did not repair for someone!


Shows how VALUE is important in the fade out  grey roses as they disappear !
I like the simple scrolls also . . . ''Hit or Miss'' Style.

HOOKED CROWS

BACKGROUNDS STUDY

Another of Magdalenas  beautiful designs hooked up by Evelyn Lawrence . . 
I am fascinated with the backgrounds and how the contrasts are created with slightly different values using, I assume in the original rug , whatever clothing was at hand.
Who would have thought to add the bit of red on the birds wings? . . .then let it dance a little throughout the entire rug? I love looking and looking at this rug . . . .
Off to the McCord museum to Grandparents Day with the little ones to let them learn how to look at life and things  around them  . 
Then home for cocoa . . . .on this cold ,but SUNNY winter day .  . . . . . . 

ANTIQUE DOG and KITTEN RUG

ANTIQUE BACKGROUNDS-
e.g.hook with what you have on hand!
This delightful little  mat shows how simple a rug can be and how CHARMING!
Animals look almost cut out templates traced onto the backing and then a couple of trees placed  on either side . . .hooked with what was available . . .and therefore looks almost MONOCHROMATIC in colour feeling . . .
also this rug works from all sides design wise . . . . the straight lines in background add well to the composition . . .I am sure it was by accident!
the little kitten seems to be looking at us  either way  . . . .

BLUENOSE RUG PATTERNS



A SHORT HISTORY of the BLUENOSE GARRETT PATTERNS

Throughout the first half of the 1900s, hooked mats on floors across Canada carried the name "Bluenose," a well-known Nova Scotian name.

 Some even carried an image of the famous fishing schooner of the same name. About 1926, the Garrett family business in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, adopted the word as its trade name for hooked mat patterns. Its printed burlap patterns, distributed by mail order, transported the name and the company's designs into homes far away. Although Garrett's was neither the first nor the only producer of hooking patterns in Nova Scotia, the company was certainly the largest, and by far the longest in operation.



Garrett Designs and Distribution

Garrett's ad in The United Farmer`s 
Guide, 1921, p. 23.
  
Enlarge image.Garrett's ad in The United Farmer's Guide (Gardenville, Quebec), November 15,1921, p. 23. "The free design sheet is yours for the asking, with 67 pretty rug designs."
  
In more than 80 years, the firm printed burlap patterns with hundreds of designs, many drawn by John Garrett, and then by his son Frank, who had trained as a commercial artist. These designs can be traced through the pattern sheets and catalogues, which were often issued yearly. An advertisement in theFamily Herald & Weekly Star on February 28, 1900, boasted "over sixty designs for mat hookers" in six sizes. In 1925, there were "more than a hundred designs." Some were inspired by older mats and some were adapted from patterns bought in Boston; a few have been identified as versions of Edward Frost's designs, which are well known in New England. However, most of the designs were created by Frank Garrett and his father.
Soon after 1900, Eaton's  (a Canadian department store ) began to market Garrett patterns across Canada. The Hudson's Bay Company, Simpson's, and others followed. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Eaton's was Garrett's best customer for the mat patterns. In the winter of 1926-27, Eaton's sold over 900 dozen (10 800) of two designs alone.

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This is just a little sample of the information on the internet regarding these rug patterns. Almost every home in Nova Scotia has at least one old hooked Garrett BLUENOSE pattern in it.
These Patterns  were bought by Linda Macdonald of Pictou NS and are still available from Rags to Rugs

I got my own love of hooked rugs and hooking from my great grandmothers home where I spent the summers as a child . . .she was a prolific rug hooker and  I remember her rugs well from a height of about 30 inches off the ground!
Salesmen would travel around the country side selling the Bluenose patterns . . .No Dorr wool in those days!!! Rugs were used to keep ones feet warm  . . .and hooked with whatever there was on hand to cut up.

When I had my own home I started to collect old rugs from NS in the summers . . I have many . . .most have holes  . . .I dont even repair them as I love the old used feeling. . . .and besides, any that didn't have holes were stolen and resold here in Quebec!
After a while I couldn't find rugs that I liked  to buy . . . or that were affordable . . . . so I started to hook my own . . . .
Now I have to" take a rug for the weekend '  to the farm house as I am afraid to leave them there !

ANTIQUE REPLICA RUG

BEAUTIFUL  COLOUR CHOICES
My friend Mike from Arlington , Virginia has just finished hooking  her version of another friends mothers old rug.Mike has an amazing colour sense . . .I dyed most of her wool with a mix of as is textures added in . . . . .
Yes ,I did DYE her BACKGROUND!!
Some of you may have met Mike in the ''DRAWING for RUG HOOKERS' class I taught at Shelburne Vermont Green Mountains rug school . . . 
BRAVO MIKE!!!.It is a beautiful rug and looks wonderful on the floor in her old Nova Scotia house here in the cove.



RED PONY ANTIQUE RUG



Grandmother day today,and it  makes me think of this little red pony rug I have seen in books . .. . . and the days I spent with my own 3 year olds and buggy rides through the country roads on summer days . . . .now I  still have the red  buggy in the barn . . . ..  BUT no naughty little ponys to catch . .. .
.Macaroni and Noodles  . . .
I REALLY DO MISS YOU!

MY ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC Hooked Rug TREASURE



GEOMETRIC Hooked Rug TREASURE

For years I have had this simple geometric hanging in my old farm house .My grandmother  started it . . .on a frame my grandfather built her.He  was an architect and designed this geometric pattern for her . . .he also carved by hand a hook for her to use and I have it to this day in my little collection I carry around but never use . . .. .
I seem to  always go for the IRISH hook made by Neville . . . .(called Hartman in the USA) but this bent hook is always with me . . . .I never did finish the rug . . . .but instead  got carried away with rug hooking and haven’t stopped since!
One of my students, Maria, did hook this pattern though . . . and her rug is now for sale in her antique shop in Beloeil,Québec.Great job Maria!