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Water Lilies – Wide cut – Primitive


Pattern:  “Water Lilies” designed by Joan Moshimer’s.  Adaptation of the “Stair Treads & Risers” Pattern #10

Size: enlarged up to: 39” x 19”

Backing: linen


I hooked this rug in #6 cut. I dyed the wool for the petals and the water.

The water lilies petals are hooked with dip dye wool. For the front petals I choose a light yellow base wool and for the back petals I choose a golden yellow base wool.

The formula for the petals is as follows:

Dip Dye wool

2 pieces of light yellow wool 18”x14” ea.

2 pieces of golden yellow wool 18”x14” ea.

How to dye the pieces of wool:

Orange (center of the long length of the wool)


  • 1) PR 6

1 table spoon in a big pot w/BW, add 1 TBS plain salt. Once the color is in the wool, move it up and down for a couple of minutes, then add vinegar using the same movement until the dye is absorbed.

Magenta (1/3 bottom of the long length of the wool)


  • 2) PR 102A

5 table spoons in a big pot w/BW, add 1 TBS plain salt. When the color is ready, move it up and down for a couple of minutes, add 2 TBS more only for the tip of the wool, then add vinegar with the same movement until the dye is absorbed.

Preparation of the PR6 and PR 102A

PR 6 (Sundance) (orange)

½  Yellow 119

¼  Magenta #349

1/128  Black #672

Dissolve the dye in a glass container with 1 teaspoon of tap water.

Then add 1 ¼ cup of BW.

PR 102A

1/8  Red #349

1/16  Magenta #349

1/32  Yellow #135

Speck (pinch, or small amount: less than 1/128) Green #728

Dissolve the dye in a glass container with 1 teaspoon of tap water.

Then add 1 ¼ cup of BW.

For the leaves I choose a seven value swatch in green from Connie Charleson #29.

For the water I dyed a seven value swatch which I hooked horizontally. The dye formula is as follows:

Prisms #2

PR 23 Blue Bell

1/8 Turquoise #487

1/32 Magenta #349

In 1 ¼ CBW, over white wool w/salt & vinegar

The 2” additional border is hooked with 3 rows in brick red and 5 rows in camel, which brings the actual size of the rug at 22” x 43”.

I finished the edge with a herringbone stitch using yarn that matches the camel wool from the border.

Primitive pillow with proddy edge

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Camellias’ vase – Proddy and Fine Cut



Pattern: Rose Pyramid panel #189

From Harry M. Fraser Co.

Size 26”x 42”


I adapted this pattern choosing the camellia as a type of flower. For this project I combined proddy and fine shading techniques. I developed the camellias applying the Prodded (proddy) technique and the guide lines from Gene Shepherd’s book: “Prodded Hooking for Three-Dimensional Effect” but I shaped the camellia petals having a real camellia flower as a model. Camellia usually comes in red, pink and white colors but to make sure that each flower will show up in a distinctive way, I added some others in lemon green and orangey pink to the red flowers.

The leaves were incorporated as embellishments. I got them in a craft store and they are made of a material similar to silk.

The vase was hooked with the fine shading technique in cut # 3 with a black swatch from Connie Charleson #180. This swatch comes with two swatches of three values each: they are #180A and #180 B. Each one adds lighter and darker values to the main swatch.

For the surface where the vase stands I used a dip dye from Alaina Trout’s stock in an orangey red color, 14” wide by 30” long, hooked in a horizontal way, trying to keep the darkest value close to the vase.  The length of the dip dye wool worked in a horizontal way wasn’t enough long to cover the width of the design. Consequently I continued the horizontal line meeting the lightest section of the strip already hooked with the lightest section of the new strip until the bamboo canes border was reached. Hooking in this way I got a lighter section at each side of the vase.

The background was hooked in cut # 4 in a wavy way creating a marble look. The wool is a spotted dye formula which produces different shades of grays and silver greens over natural wool.

The design is framed with a border of bamboo canes which I designed myself. They were hooked using the fine shading and fingering technique in cut #3 with a bronze green Dorr swatch which is unfortunately discontinued.

I finished the edge with the herring bone stitch using a hand dye yarn (one skin of 100% pure wool) in a color which matches the darkest value of the Dorr swatch.

Finally, I decided to present this project as a wall hanging piece.


Background formula:

The formula belongs to Alaina Trout and she calls it “Green Fog” (

The formula is as follows:

Using PRO WashedFast Acid Dyes:

Over 3/4 to 1 yard of natural wool

In 2 cups of boiling water for each dye mix separately:  1 1/28 Leaf Green # 728, 1/128 Black #672 and 1/128 Brown #503. Apply the spot dye method over the wool separately. This formula is sufficient over 1 yard of natural wool. Then bake it in oven at 300 degrees for up to 45 minutes in a covered pan.

Ante Bellum – Wide Cut – Primitive

Pattern: Ante Bellum, # M274, size 17” x 36”, from Prairie Craft House. Designer: Carol Kassera

This is a primitive rug with three big magnolias, hooked with cut #6. The center magnolia is hooked with two swatches from Constance Charleson “Connies Cauldron” # 114. These swatches go from a very light green to a soft peach. The other two magnolias are hooked with two swatches of a similar color at the center magnolia, but these I dyed myself some time ago.

Some of the leaves are hooked in grey green with peach vanes and some others in lemon green. The background is a dark burgundy with some accents in a lighter version of the same formula. The edge is hooked with three different shades of green. The edge is finished with the herring bone stitch using a commercial yarn matching the lemon green color of the medium size magnolias.


Proddy Pillow – Prodded & Wide Cut Hooking

Pattern: Primitive Rose #440, from Harry M. Fraser Co., Size 15”x15”

I adapted this primitive pattern in a bouquet of three different flowers. I used the Prodded technique and the guide lines from Gene Shepherd’s book: “Prodded Hooking for Three-Dimensional Effect”.

The pale pink “tea rose” and the silver grey “dahlia” are basically identical from the ones showed in Gene Shepherd’s book, but my third flower is a combination of the petals of a “peony” and hooked as an “old-fashioned wild rose”.
I didn’t want to apply the rug hooking technique for the leaves, so I decided to work with two different shades of lemon green wool, cutting three sets of two pairs of leafs, each leaf approximately 2.5” long, following the same technique applied to cut the flower’s petals (in pairs).
The edge of the leaves have a zigzag effect because, instead of using a regular scissors, I used a “7.5” pinking shears scissors.
To give a firm shape to each leaf, I glued a piece of “cloth stem wire” gauge 22   on the back of the leaf, in the center, from top to bottom. Then I molded the wire of each leaf giving each one a different curly appearance.


Museum Bed Rug – Wide Cut – Primitive

“Museum Bed Rug” is a primitive pattern from Yankee Peddler, size 40”x50”.

Some motives were outlined.
The rug has five identical flowers. All five flowers were hooked almost identically. Each flower was outlined but each petal was hooked with a deep dye wool, yellow to maroon (1) applying the wool in different ways to separate one petal from the other one. For the center of each flower I combined three different kinds of textures. The center is outlined with one row of black wool then one row of yellow and black plaid wool, three rows of yellow and brown plaid wool and the center filled with dyed roving in cherry red color.


Horn of Plenty Heroic – Wide Cut – Primitive

This is a primitive pattern from Heirloom Rugs called, “Horn of plenty heroic”, model #716 O, and size 33”x64”, was designed by Louise Hunter Zeiser.  The flowers and the pine cones were hooked with primitive swatches in rust, orange and brown colors.  A primitive swatch usually has four values of the same color, one of which is a plaid. The outlining is done in plaid, and the rest are light, medium and dark values. These remaining values should be used independently to hook the upper, middle and lower sections in straight rows and columns, or circular patterns.  Examples where the straight technique is used are the pine cones. The circular technique is implemented for the rest of the flowers in the pattern.  The top of the pines cones were hooked with a deep dye, soft lemons to purple, however, the top of the other two sets of flowers were hooked with primitive green and brown swatches. These sets of flowers can be identified by the central leaves motif hooked in green and outlined with the dark solid value of the same primitive swatch used for the rest of the flower.


Marigold Heroic – Wide Cut – Primitive

This is a primitive pattern from Heirloom Rugs called, “Marigold Heroic”, model #716 D, size 28”x62½”, designed by Louise Hunter Zeiser.

All the motives were outlined.
The petals of the two marigold flowers were hooked with a dip dye in yellow-gold to rust-brown; the wool was originally yellow-gold consequently I only dyed one end with a rust-brown formula to get a deepness effect towards the center of the flower. The center of each marigold was hooked from the edge towards the center in the following order: two rows in yellow plaid, three rows in green plaid, three rows in solid green and the rest with roving, dyed in a gold formula.
The two corner flowers were hooked with a dip dye in rose to burgundy.
The pattern has three big sets of leaves. Each set has the same motive on the right and the left side of the rug but in opposite directions. The three sets of leaves were hooked with two swatches of six values each, in two different colors of green, one swatch in yellow green and the other one in bronze green. In some leaves I incorporated a dip dye red to pink to highlight the center of the leaf.


Sunbonnet Girl and Boy – Primitive

Joan Moshimer design (13″ x 17″)

Sunflower – Wide Cut

H.M. Fraser Co. design (16″)

This primitive design was hooked in 6 cut.
The petals were outlined in a dark brown plaid. They were hooked with W. Cushing and Co. Studio Swatch M, 22” long going from brown to yellow.
For the center I used three different values of brown plaids placing the light values around the border with the medium and darker values toward the center. It gave it a good textural interest.
The big leaves were done in a deep green with veins in a pink spot dye. The bell flowers were hooked in a dip dye going from pink to purple. The small leaves in turquoise added a nice contrast to the large green ones.
The background was as is Dorr Celery. The border frames it in a brown spot dye. The tendrils next to the border are done in the same dip dye used for the bells flowers.
The pillow was handmade by me. A gold and light green braid was added to the edges of the pillow and then, in similar colors, tassels giving a festive look to the piece.

Sunbonnet Girls – Wide Cut

Free design (34″  x 45″)