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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.

The central flower is hooked with a golden brown primitive swatch with a golden yellow center.
The rose buds were hooked with a pink five value swatch and their small leaves were hooked with a yellow-green five value swatch.  The stems, however, were deep dyed in yellow-green.
The large leaves pointing to the bottom left and upper right corner of the rug were hooked with three different deep dyes of grey-green and yellow-green.  The darkest grey-green tones were applied on the lower section, and the medium grey-green and lighter yellow-green tones were applied to the central and upper section.  The veins in this case were hooked with a dark solid grey-green plain wool.
The other set of big leaves placed around the pine cones were hooked with a five value “Juniper Green” swatch; the veins were hooked with plaid wool of the same color as the swatch.  The leaves around the buds were hooked with deep dies, green to yellow with a pink central vein, and the sets of two leaves surrounding the central flower were hooked with two different primitive swatches, rust and olive green, using the plaid wool for the stem and for some outlining for the small leaves.
The central horns (cornucopias) were hooked with a five value swatch in grey.


To apply one of the most important characteristics for primitive rugs and to bring up the colors of the different motifs, I decided to hook the background with antique black color dye wool.
As I hooked the background towards the edge of the rug, I realized that I didn’t have enough of the antique black wool; consequently I created an additional design on each corner of the rug hooked in shades of rust. In that way I could save some of the wool to complete the rest of the background.
Also, this rug has a border of 1½” wide hooked with a golden brown spot dye, separated from the antique black background with a row of medium lemon green dye wool. The same medium lemon green was used to hook the initials and the date.

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