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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.

The four flowers located in each corner were also outlined. For the petals I used the same formula I used for the yellow flower located in the center of the rug, but the result was different for the following reason:  for the center flower I dyed over gold wool (1), and for the four pink flowers I dyed over beige wool (2), getting a dark rose/beige color. Each pink/beige flower is surrounded by leaves; I outlined each one with a solid dark green and filled in with a green and black plaid. The flowers have oval centers; the ovals were hooked with two rows of cherry red roving and two rows of pink roving working towards the center. Because the roving is thicker than the wool, these centers like the centers of the five gold flowers stand up from the rest of rug.

There are two pairs of motives close to the central flower; I will call them (A) and (B). One pair (A) was hooked with a deep dye, yellow to rust (3) and the other pair was hooked with a primitive swatch (a primitive swatch usually has three to four pieces of wool, in this case had 4 pieces, three for the light, medium and dark values in a violet color and the fourth piece was for outlining in a dark red and black plaid).

The pair hooked with the dip dye wool in yellow to rust was outlined with dark rust wool; the motive itself has a design on the top hooked with a deep dye silver grey to light grey, the top was also outlined with a solid medium grey. This full motive is complemented in the bottom with two leaves hooked with a silver green color swatch of five values; they were also outlined with one row of green and black plaid. These motives look like they are emerging from a planter or pot. Each pot was outlined with one row a dark brown plaid, the same color wool was applied in the pot making vertical and horizontal lines. The squares created as a result of the crossing of these vertical and horizontal lines were filled with gold and brown plaid. On each size of the pot there are two small designs resembling dry leaves or stones, they were outlined with a row of solid brown and filled in with Studio Swatch Letter “O” from W. Cushing.

The other pair of motives (B) located at both sizes of the central gold flower, is being composed by a pair of small flowers complemented by one large flower. The little ones were hooked with the violet primitive swatch, the large one was hooked with only the light violet value from the primitive swatch, and the leaves surrounding this flower were outlined with a plaid in green and black and filled in with a medium solid green. This flower also has and oval center which was outlined with one row of green and black plaid and filled towards the center with three rows of green roving and two to three rows of gold roving in. Also this center stands up from the regular hooking.

The full rug design is complemented with eight small flowers and four pairs of leaves. The small eight flowers were hooked with a three value swatch in silver grey and the center filled in with a dark red and black plaid.

For each pair of leaves, one leaf was hooked with the five value swatch in silver green and the other leaf was outlined with solid burgundy wool, and filled in with spot dye wool in cherry red color.

The design has a couple of stems hooked with a green deep dye.

The background is the result of the combination of three different yellows or gold pieces of wool (4) and (5). The formula (4) is the same for two of the pieces but the amount of yellow the varies.

The border of the rug hooking towards the edge is a combination of one row of brown rust wool, three rows of a spot dyed wool in a dark pink and three rows of the same brown rust applied before. The edge is finished with the herringbone stitch using a hand dye skin of 100% wool dyed with W. Cushing brown rust (1/4 Brown Rust in 1 CBW)

Formulas:

(1) (1.a) Deep dye yellow to maroon (for four gold flowers)
One piece of gold wool 19” long x 30” wide, using WF acid dyes.
Combine:  1/16 + 1/8 brown 503
1/8 bright red 351, in 1 CBW

Place the full formula in a medium size pot filled with warm water and three spoons of salt. Beginning to deep one end of the wool trying to get the darkest value for that end and deeping towards the middle section of the wool trying to get a medium value, and the other end only needs a little touch of the same formula. Have another pot with warm water and vinegar and submerge the dyed piece in that pot to fix the colors.

(1.b) Deep dye yellow to maroon (center gold flower)
One piece of gold wool 19” long x 30” wide, using WF acid dyes.
Combine:  1/8 brown 503
1/8 bright red 351, in 1 CBW

Place the full formula in a medium size pot filled with warm water and three spoons of salt. Beginning to deep one end of the wool trying to get the darkest value in that end and deeping towards the middle section of the wool trying to get a medium value, the other end only needs a little touch of the same formula. Have another pot with warm water and vinegar and submerge the dye piece in that pot to fix the colors.

Keep the colored water formula because it has enough dye to dye over the beige wool for the corner flowers.

(2) Deep dye dark pink to beige pink
One piece: ½ of ½ a y of beige wool, using WF acid dyes.
Applied the same method used for 1.a and 1.b using the water with the dye we kept from 1.b.

(3) Deep dye yellow to rust
One piece of yellow wool 25” long x 14” wide, using Cushing dyes.
First color:   1/64 + 1/64 Rust in 1 CBW
Second color:  1/64 Mummy Brown in 1 CBW
Third color:   1/64 Apricot in 1 CBW
Fourth color:  1/64 Mahogany in CBW

Work with three small pots filled with warm water and salt

Place each color in each pot, dye one end with “first color”, dye the middle section with “second color” and finally dye the other end with “third color”.

In one pot with clean and warm water add the “fourth color”, and deep the full piece with a cup of vinegar.

 

(4) and (5) Background: Cushing dyes

(4)  ¼ Brown rust
¼ Nugget gold
1/64 Mint Green, combine these three dyes in 1 CBW

(4.a) Work with the full formula for a half of 1/3 y. of natural wool
(4.b) work with the full formula for 1/3 y. natural wool

In a pot with warm water, with salt

(5)    ½ Brown rust
½ Nugget gold
1/32 Mint Green, combine these three colors in 1 CBW
Use the full formula for half of ½ y. of natural wool, in a medium size pot with warm water and salt.

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