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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.

The background is hooked with cut # 6 using a spotted formula which produces different shades of grays and silver greens over natural wool.
Finally, I decided to present this project as a pillow which was handmade by me. To highlight the central motive, I added some cord and fringes around the edge of the pillow.

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.

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