Rug Hooking Styles
Primitive, Geometric, and Pictorial sounds like a rating system for childhood drawings, but they highlight a variety of styles of rug hook designs. With one basic technique to pull cloth through a netted sheet, you would be amazed at the variety of shapes and patterns that have emerged. Let’s review a sampling of the styles that exist and consider which would be best for you as you sit down for a relaxing afternoon of hooking.
A common design you will find is a geometric display with a series of lines, squares, replicated shapes, or a pattern that illustrates orderliness. A stoic farmer of the 1800’s is known for their tenacity and mundane daily effort, orderly through replication. A series of triangles, much like a patch work pillow or quilted bed sheet, would be a common pattern to consider for a rug hooking design. Much of the layout would be dependent on what quantity of color the scraps are available.
Original drawings can be outlined on netting cloth, but unless you are a skilled artist, the images once completed don’t tend to be proportional to the original object or individual (if a portrait). An additional issue can be creating depth to the image by not having an appreciation for color palettes and/or toning through shadowing techniques. I also find that working from a printed image or pattern, rather than memory, helps to simplify the process and reduces frustration and image distortion. Inspiration by observation seems to be a nice slogan to follow.
If you are new to rug hooking, I would suggest starting with a primitive design to become familiar with the tools and the process. After some practice, I would suggest joining a social group that meets monthly and expand your skills by learning from others. In a short period of time, you may find the process routine and will look to express yourself with pictorial and original works. Each step creates new challenges and local events are a great way to socialize and relax.
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