Whimsical Designs for Rug Hooking

New Patterns

New Patterns
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Here are the newest patterns. I love designing and so often wish I could clone myself to have one of me just designing full time. The ideas come far faster than I can keep up with.

Crooning Trio
Here are a trio of joyful singing birds resting on a tree branch. This is just a rug to do! You can have so much fun with colors and embellishments if you chose. Pull the colors of the birds and their funky hats to your border and you've got a great color balanced rug. This would be a fun seasonal pillow or hang near your door where it will surely bring a smile to all who see it.

Pattern on Linen

Size: 18 in. x 14 in.
Midnight Wonder
It's the midnight hour in this landscape, the animals are stopped in their nocturnal routines to admire the brilliant, glowing Full Moon in all her glory. All these animals live near my home and there are hills and mountains in all directions. Not so hard to hook! The animals can done simply in an outline and fill. The trees are directional hooking as are the rolling mountains. You could do snow on the ground or just a touch as I did at the top peak.

Pattern on Linen

Size: 18 in. x 24 in.
The Beach
There aren't many places more soothing and relaxing than the beach. At the beaches I am always surprised at the number of people who are combing the beach for shells as Bruce and I do. We have a collection that continues to grow. My mom had a conch shell that she would blow from time to time. I cherish that shell and it is part of my collection. For wool colors a 8 Value Swatch of Shell would give values for the shells and Pink Sand would be nice for the sand. Forget Me Not mixed with Forget Me Not Light and Pale would be a nice soft sky or for a brighter sky ry Twinkling Skies. Pale Turquoise Passion would be be a soft aqua or Pale Routabout Turquoise a more blue water. Or mix both for more interest.

Pattern On Linen

Size: 18 in. x 12 in.
Kurma, She Turtle
Kurma is loosely designed as a Green Sea Turtle, swimming merrily with a few tropical fish. There are endless possibilities to hook her with bright cheerful fish. Pull the fish and seagrass colors out to the border for a great look. You could also outline all the squares in the order for another great look. For the water, I suggest using 3 - 5 values of the same color o similar with darker on the bottom to lighter at the top or a dip dye would be effective, too. Kurma, in Hindu Mythology came around in civilization at times of great crisis to restore equilibrium to the world. I refer to my turtle as a She, because I believe a female would do this.

Pattern on Linen

Size: 28 in. x 28 in.
Button Flower Medley
A 6 in. square was designed to showcase how hooking with velvet, silk yarn, silk ribbon and wool looked. Then I decided it would be great as a block of 4 for a mat or pillow. As I study it now I think it would be a great runner, too. I like the outside border and imagined it using the colors of your motif in a hit or miss style. It would also work with border done in black & white and create a very different look. So, lots of possibilities! You could do each block the same or mix up the same colors and use differently in each block with maybe the same color for the button for continuity.

Pattern on Linen

Size: 16 in. x 16 in.
Button Flower II
Button Flower is a great choice for the begining rug hooker or if you just want a simple fast project. For a project that won't require a lot of thinking; choose 2 colors for the flower, one for outline and one for fill, choose 1 color for center of flower and use that too for your border. Then choose 1 color for your background and that's it! It would be a fast project too to use a 7 value swatch for a little shading or if you're just experimenting with this technique. Or, you can go fun and funky with bright colors and add textures such as sari ribbon, silk yarn or velvet. Then turn it into a pillow for a small splash of color on your bed or chair. We have a 6 inch. version of this hooked in the shop showcasing velvet, my friend Ania's shimmer & metallic's, silk ribbon and silk yarn and it's beautiful.

Pattern on Linen

Size: 10 in. x 10 in.
Speckled Paisley Pear
First designed as a Wool Applique/Penny Rug and translated into a Rug Hooking design. I have a fondness for pears and I love this pattern! What fun you can have here and so many decisions to make. Modern, primitive, embellished or not, then the color choices! DO you want a green or golden pear. I dyed a very special spot dye for the wool applique pattern if you'd like a green pear or dijon mustard would be a lovely golden pear. I would use multiple colors on each leaf and carry the around. Try silk yarn for the veins or outline the leaf. Mix in some velvet, maybe on the pear speckles and even a bead at the point of the leaf would be fun. SO much fun in a not too big piece!

Pattern on Linen

Size: 18in. x 18 in.
This pattern was designed for my Color Planning Class at the Spring Has Sprung Workshop & Hook In. (see Classes for more info) for a more complex Color Harmony. This pattern has endless possibilities for fun in colors, textures and embellishments.It is a design that would work well for using up your worms. Whether you prefer Traditional Folk Art or Contemporary this pattern will do both well. What a beautiful pillow or purse this would be!

Confetti Border: To begin your confetti border, hook 1 row of your base border color all around. In the second row hook 3-6 loops of one of your colors form the center of your rug, then hook 3 -6 loops of your border color. Repeat for this second row mixing up your colors. It works best if you are consistent with the number of loops for your confetti colors and border color. For 3 rd row hook one row using border color only. For 4th row repeat the 2nd row of confetti colors. Your last row should be only your border color.

If you love pillows but don't know how to sew, my friend and amazing seamstress Pat does a beautiful job. As a seamstress myself, I can say with authority her work is beautiful. Contact her at:

Just Sew Pat Santner - patriciasantner@yahoo.com

A great sized project at 12 in. x 12 in.
Pear Blossoming
This pretty design is sized as a table runner or small floor runner. The pears offer a variety of colors to use from that bright green to a soft golden and lets remember the muted deep red pear color, too. Play with your greens to add variety, too.

Suggested wool colors:

Background: Country Red

Center Inset: Calico Cat Black

Large Center Leaves: Olive Elf

Pear Blossoms: White Flower

Pear Blossom Leaves: Shadowed Pasture or Olive Elf or Rose Green Leaves

Pears: Dijon Mustard

End Border Under Pears:Calico Cat Black Small Leaves for End Sprays: Rose green Leaves

Scallop Border Inset: Susie Red

Circles on Scallops: Gold Bullion Light

Pear Stems and Spray Stem: Nuts Bout Acorns

Leaf Veins: for all - Chartreuse Dreams

Side Border Squares: Mix Pale Ale & Dijon Mustard or use a mix of your colors for each square. End Border: Calico Cat Black or use a mix of your colors in a Hit or Miss Pattern on Linen

Size: 16 in. x 48 in.
Henrietta - Gone West
The original Henrietta drawn in 2003 has been the honoree of a Rug Show with 13 versions of her bringing chuckles and fun to many. I hooked her in 2004 and had a ball! Do you remember the feelings that hooking various rugs have brought you, I bet many of you do. In recent travels it came to me that she would look great in Cowboy Boots. I personally am on the search for a pair of special red cowboy boots and this may be where the idea came from .She can be quite fun to hook and you can add bling and texture to her delight . She would fabulous in a Black/White check or as I color planned. This is a dramatic look!:

Henrietta - Black Cherry Parfait

Head feathers: Mix Black Cherry Parfait, Red Chocolate, Cool Cat Black, Raisinettes and narrow short cuts of your flower & leaves colors for relieving the darkness. You might want to do this on her wings, too.

Henrietta's Cowboy Boots: Fire Engine Red or Apple of My Eye

Henrietta's Vest: Lite Rainbow Dirt

Flowers: Larkspur Delight, Medium Larkspur Delight and Blazing Sumac Leaves

Leaves: Mix Rose Green Leaves, Avocado Heaven and Olive Elf

Background: use Henrietta's parchment and the Lighter Henrietta's Parchment

Border: Red Chocolate

Pattern On Linen

Size 33in. x 20in.
Fabulous Flamingo
How can you not admire the grace, beauty and quirkiness of a flamingo. Their colors are mouth watering and vary from pale pinkish to dark coral. They are such a striking bird. What a fun rug this will be to hook with many choices in color ways and textures. They can handle some bling, too. Some color choices for the flamingo are Coral Dreams mixed with Caribbean Estate, Flamingo Dance with Blazing Sunset or Poppy Fields with Light Poppy Fields. I suggest three quarters yard , if using 2 colors use one half yard of the dominate color and one fat quarter of the accent color.

Hooked by Rita Geneviva who is a fairly new hooker!

Pattern on Linen

Size: 18 in. x 30 in.
Entwined Hearts
Hearts connected by love and your color palette create a pretty sentimental heirloom or you can go fun and funky with textures and bling and still, a beautiful heirloom. There is room to add dates and names if you choose. There are endless possibilities for this design. Sort your worms into light, medium and dark, then hook from back to front with dark behind. A nice size for a wall hanging or pillow.

pattern on linen

Size: 13 x 22