It took me until almost yesterday to figure out what DIY stood for. I think I got mixed up in some generational time warp.
Isn’t it fascinating how each new generation reinvents itself? We create a new code; new words and styles for age old habits. The handmade world is busting out right now with their new code. As this new feisty bunch is emerging I can’t help but look back at those who did the same thing a few decades (or perhaps centuries) ago.
In the 1800′s it was a group of poor women (probably feisty too) seeking to create floor coverings similar to “carpets” the wealthier set had. Rug hooking, considered a craft of poverty, was a way to use up old scraps of material.
Girl and Goose Hooked Rug, The Herr’s Collection – attributed to Sue Hummel, Elizabethtown made around 1925
As the weather turns cooler, I’m picturing you with your cup of hot tea and your pile of wool- is Rug Hooking your next DIY craft?
Visit The Wool Studio in Sinking Spring, PA for resources and supplies. Also check out Three Sheep Studio for 100% hand dyed wool fabric. Wouldn’t you love to attend the 6th Annual Brandywine Hook-In on October 30th and meet the “rug hookers?”
Blue Forget Me Nots Hooked Rug- Box by ThreeSheepStudio