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Squirrel – wide cut rug-hooking stuffed animal (10″H x 8.5″ W)



Pattern: “Sucha” designed by Jane McGown Flyn
Pattern #1398 M
Size: 24”x36”
Backing: warp cloth

“Sucha” is a pattern designed by Jane McGown Flynn. The design belongs to the family of the Mola which is a craft developed in Central American countries, specifically in Panama.
History of Molas: The “Mola” is part of the traditional costume of a Kuna (Panamanian woman). Two Mola panels are used as the front and back panels of a blouse. Molas are hand made using a reverse appliqué technique with two to seven layers of different-colored cloth (usually cotton). The Kuna first used geometrical patterns which were used for body painting before. In the past 50 years they also started to depict realistic and abstract designs of flowers, sea animals and birds.
“Sucha” design: Jane McGown Flyn captured the real spirit of Mola in her own butterfly design. I tried to preserve the color scheme of the traditional “Molas” and used warp cloth backing which allowed me to work in #4 cut.
My research of Molas inspired me to work with the same vibrant colors which Kunas (Panamanian women) used to developed their own craft.
My focus was to use solids reds, oranges, greens, blues and golds. I added some transitional wool material to show up the shape of the butterfly. For the background I pick a light but vibrant green to enhance the main design which is the butterfly in its full image.
The 2” additional border, hooked in the family of the brown and gold colors, frames the design and makes the actual size of the rug 26”x38”.
It was a real challenge to display all the colors in a way that will show up in their own intensity.
For the finishing around the edge I used the herringbone stitch with yarn matching the brown color from the border.




Pattern: Rhino
Size 30” x 22”
Design from Tomorrow’s Heirlooms
Wide Cut, Primitive
Wool on burlap

I first saw this pattern Atha Newsletter Issue N° 180 (December 2009/January 2010). The color scheme really caught my eye. It gave me the desire to develop the project myself keeping the same line of colors.
On January 2012 at one of the Atha Gator Group meetings in Sebastian Florida, I saw my friend Alaina Trout hooking the same pattern. Once again I had a strong urge to hook the Rhino pattern. I immediately searched for the designer’s contact information and ordered the pattern in burlap.
Keeping the same color scheme, I worked some of the small details in five cut and the rest in six cut. This is the kind of project that allows you to use leftover wool from previous projects but also gives you the opportunity to improve your dying skills, trying to find formulas for more dramatic colors.
The background color is always one of the most important and personal decisions. People sometimes look for a medium to light color value which makes the central motive blend smoothly with the rest of the project. In this case I wanted to give very sharp definition to the central motive rhino. The deep dark violet background I chose stood up well to the silhouette of the rhino.
The border is a combination of a couple of rows in a medium lilac followed by some gold rows.
The edge is finished with a herringbone stitch using yarn that matches the same gold of the very last few rows.
I wanted to present it as a hanging piece so I added a piece of gold tapestry cord on top to hang from. To make it lay flat on the wall I hand sewed on the back, top and bottom section, a cotton tape 2 ½” wide and then inserted flat wood trim 1½” wide.


The enchanted – Wide Cut – Primitive

The enchanted, P777 (16×30), Jane Mc Gown Flynn design.

This was adapted from a pattern by Jane Mc Gown Flynn. Originally the cat was sitting at the sill of a window watching a bird on a branch, but I changed it to use the “proddy” and “sculpture” techniques. The cat is now sitting in a “proddy” garden.
I removed the window and the branches are now attached to the trunk of a tree.
The leaves and bird are made with the “sculpture” technique in 3 cut.
I had to incorporate a lake and small mountains since the horizon space was so large. The rest was done in primitive 6 cut. It is finished as a hanging piece


Cat who ate the canary, Wide Cut, Primitive

“Cat who ate the canary”, Designed by Pris Buttler, (33” x 14”)

Primitive pattern, hooked with cut #6, with Studio Swatch “N” for the cat and other transitional swatches for the three birds and their feathers.  Plain natural color wool was used for the background as well as gold and blue wool for the border.
The edge was finished with a blue commercial yarn applying the herringbone stitch.  The color of the edge matches the blue in the border.


Winken, Blinken & Nod, Fine Shading

Winken, Blinken & Nod, MP225 (14×24), Joan Moshimer pattern

I  hooked this pattern with cut #3 for the owls, branch and leaves, and cut #4 for the background.
I applied fine shading and sculpture and fingering techniques.


Stain Glass Fish – Wide Cut

Jane McGown Flynn design,  P836 (16″x 16″)

Primitive pattern hooked in 6 cut. The full design is outlined.
The central motive, the fish, is hooked with different colors of dip dye for the tail and fins.
The face is hooked with a solid yellow and the head with a dip dye wool brown to gold.
The water in the circle is hooked, with two different colors of turquoise.
The motive behind the circle represents the sea water with the sea weeds. The sea weeds are hooked with a dip dye wool which goes yellow-green to beige and the water in a solid silver green wool.