Hooked Rug

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Barb and I love hooked rugs. We have 4 rug-hooking booklets and have also published one by Marilyn Schmidt and Minerva Cabanas. When you love color and fiber you can't help but be drawn to the colors of overdyed wool hooked into a canvas.

The above rug was adapted from our quilt design Midnight Silhouette. You can purchase the canvas and wool for this rug at American Whatever! Sandy is the shop owner and hooked this one for Barb.
American Whatever!
131 S. Water ST.
Liberty, MO 64068

Or just adapt your own canvas from the Midnight Silhouette quilt pattern.

We try to add a hooked rug to most of our quilt books. Many of our quilt patterns could be adapted for a hooked rug.

Sheri from Calico Moon sent a response to the last blog posting. She asked me to take a look at her rug. Click on her shop name to see her rug adapted from the same pattern. What fun!

Kaaren sent the following:

"As long as I can remember, I've been in love with samplers. In my travels, I've come across a few that have been for sale but unfortunately they were much too rich for my budget. I came to the conclusion that the only way I was going to have a sampler was to make one myself.
Therein was the problem. I didn't have a clue how to cross stitch. Back in April when you released the Petites Lettres Rouges sampler, I fell in love with it and printed it off. When I saw all the completed samplers on your blog, my heart melted. I then started to frequent stitching blogs and my desire just grew.
With encouragement from the readers of my blog, I decided to take the plunge and attempt the Petites Lettres Rouges sampler. I started it on Friday night and completed it this afternoon. I am absolutely thrilled with it and I'm attaching a photo for you to see. My second ever attempt at x-stitching and I'm hooked! I've dedicated this sampler to my Mom who passed away in June of 2006 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer."

Tis Hallowe'en is almost done. The printer will deliver it to the warehouse on Monday. So, you know what I will be doing on Monday. I will be transformed into a shipping clerk. I'm great with cardboard boxes, plastic shrink wrap and strapping tape. I've been Blackbird's shipping clerk for 10 years now. Lately I've had more help and don't ship books out as often. Donna really works for my husband at Dash Computers, but lately she has been helping more by shipping out books for me when she has a bit of extra time. Her help really enables me to get more done in the studio. I will have to take my camera and let you see where we store all the books and patterns. And of course a picture of Donna would be great too. Although, it would be hard to beat the picture APQ took of her when we helped them with a photoshoot.

I couldn't resist adding a picture of the Halloween stockings. All served up ....just for you!

Until later dear friends.



  1. Gorgeous hooked rug! I love the cat silhouette against the moon. Karen's sampler is so pretty too! And those stockings. . .I CAN'T WAIT!

  2. Those stockings are just the cutest....I'm all ready to order the book as soon as it hits the shops!

  3. Oh wow! I love hooked rugs! I wish I had enough confidence to make one. Not that I need another hobby. :D Love the look of those Halloween stockings!! Can't wait!

  4. Kaaren...I'm glad you decided to take the plunge and join the cross stitching world :) Now, you'll be searching out all your LNS or surfing the web for all the charts and fabric and floss you can get your hands on!! Have fun :)

    I love the rug and the stockings are so cute!

  5. Dear Kaaren..
    Welcome to the addiction of cross stitch samplers. Your first attempt turned out just wonderful! You are in very good company. Blackbird Designs is nothing short of Mecca for samplers!!! Read books on the history of samplers and you will be changed forever. School girl samplers are my favorite.

    Love the hooked rug too and can't wait for all the new stuff coming soon. Thanks Barb & Alma for all you do!

  6. PS. Alma, Rebecca, in case you have trouble finding her, is from Scarlet Letter. :D Isn't she wonderful?

  7. ::THUNK::

    I can NOT wait for that Halloween booklet!! Woohoo!

    I just love that hooked rug--adorable! I want to learn how to hook rugs just so that I can say I'm a hooker. ROFLOL The sampler is just beautiful, too; what a lovely story behind it.

  8. Love the Halloween stockings. I can't wait to get the book as soon as I can. The hooked rug is AWESOME! I have the quilt pattern and can't wait to adapt it to a hooked rug. I love Halloween. Keep up the great work!

  9. I love hooked rugs too. Must do the Midnight Silhouette! Those Halloween stockings look larger than the current monthly ones. What a wonderful fall we all will have!!

    Kathy in MA

  10. Hi Alma!....I love the rug....have just started dragging out my wools and canvases...so many wonderful things to do with fibre, wool and our precious time!....

    I have one question for you....did you post the directions for the ruffle border for the quilt Barb worked on a few months back?

    I have just started to begin making my blocks but would like the final piece so that I know if I got enough fabric for the borders while its still fresh.

    Enjoy the day...


  11. I love that rug and it would be fun to quilt too. I will look for the book next time I am in the store.


  12. Great display of those Halloween stockings. I really love the colors in the rug.

  13. We could all become Happy Hookers! YAY for fibers!

  14. Lovely rug indeed, i could try to do that one day!
    Absolutely wonderfull your tiny stockings. Well done as always.
    I wish to be there with you trying to be needfull in something.

  15. I have already called and put an order in for this oh so fun and creative pattern chart.
    You ladies really know how to keep us in stitches.
    Thank-you for the beautiful site and such wonderful and lovely patterns.
    I am taking a quilt class so I can be a full Blackbird Designs Lover,

  16. Loved the sneak peek of the stockings. Can't wait to see them!!

  17. Absolutely love the rug Alma and oh I am so looking forward to getting my very own copy of the Hallowe'en stockings book.
    I have done some rag rug hooking but with recycled tee shirts etc.
    Thanks so much for all your hard work (although you must enjoy seeing all these comments and your creations come to life you are very talented ladies)
    Barb in the UK

  18. Hi
    I have realised some of your stockings because I want to realise a guirland for Christmas.
    I want to send you the photos but I do not find an e-mail address !!The first ones will appear on Monday on my blog.
    Continue to create such beautiful things, it is a pleasure to stitch them !


  19. Is there any way you can give me the email address for Sherri at Calico Moon? Would love to get in touch with her, and can't find the information on the website.

  20. I just love this rug what a hoot.
    I adore the halloween stockings, they are adorable.
    Thank-you for all your great patterns.
    I have one question. How do I find the Eiffel Tower pattern I am married to a frenchman.

  21. Loving the Halloween stockings, have a copy reserved already! I'm anxious to see the August and September Stocking booklets too! ;)

    Love Midnight Silhouette, but then everything y'all design is wonderful.

  22. I've been admiring all your work etc on your website but how can I get hold of Loose Feathers designs? Doesnt seem to be anywhere on the website with contact details. I would love to stitch Loose Feathers 24, Their Song.

  23. Love the rug and the stockings! Guess who's made an appearance on the pattern picture? The Wicked Guy! He's great!

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  25. Those Halloween stockings are great!

  26. I give up! Can't find where to buy your items wholesale for my shop! Please let me know! bev@44thstreetfabric.com


    Cheery wave!

  27. Hope all is well with you and your family!! Enjoy reading your blog and noticed you haven't posted lately. Really enjoy your designs. Keep them coming.

  28. I picked up my Halloween book and linen today from Dyeing to Stitch. They are all so wonderful. I can't wait to start stitching. Thank you so very much for beautiful work.

  29. I have your midnight silhouette quilt pattern and look at it often waiting to start it. I love the hooked rug you adapted from the pattern. Gorgeous.

  30. Just picked up my book and the threads and fabrics for the stockings today at my LNS. I was the first to get my 'stuff'!

    I love all the designs. For sure. Can't wait to start one...will do so in a few minutes...oh, my...what to choose?????

    WONDERFUL book and although not small purchase, will be worth the stitching fun! So, who has to buy groceries and eat anyway! haha! I can't eat and stitch at the same time...will get my linen dirty!

    Thanks for the great designs.

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  32. It would be nice if someone could look at the crochet edging on the halloween bed and write the instructions for the edge, plus publish a copy of the scallop of the sheet edge.

  33. Hi Margaret,
    I found Rebecca! I love how yours is turning out. I might try and stitch her after Christmas.


    I haven't done the ruffle border yet. Look for it soon!


    You might have to call her.
    216 W Saint Louis St
    Lebanon, IL 62254-1560
    (618) 537-6240

    I can't even find her e-mail address right now. Sorry!


    Look for the Eiffel Tower pattern in the May 19th entry.


    I'm very sorry but Their Song has been sold out and we no longer have any.


    You can find some of the old crochet patterns for the sheet edging and bedskirt on e-bay. I have played with my crochet hook but just can't work with the fine threads and hooks to get that look yet.

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