Enter to Win this “John Henry” Rooster Rug Hooking!

IMG_1207My friend Melinda McCoy generously donated this rug hooking for me to raffle for the last bit of the Ballymaloe fundraiser! I asked her to describe the craft, and here is what she said:

“I was at a fiber festival when I saw my first hooked rug. I loved the colors and textures and the endless possibilities of design. I found a group of rug hookers in my area, that’s where I learned a lot about the techniques.

IMG_1186Starting in the 1850s, rug hooking was considered a craft of the poor. They used the burlap from feedsacks as the backing for the rugs and scraps of clothes and fabric, which had no other possible use, were cut into strips and pulled up through the backing with a bent nail. The first rugs were actually for tables and beds, then to protect the floors in front of the hearth. The burlap backing breaks down over time so that is the reason we have very few antique rugs from that time period. Now we use linen or monk’s cloth for the backs of our designs. I use linen for my backing, a hook similar to a crochet hook inserted into a wooden handle and a frame that holds the backing firm while hooking. The fabric is 100% wool. Some of the wools are hand dyed while others are “as is” color and textures. The wool is cut into strips and pulled up from the back into loops.

IMG_1190I love American folk art so when I started rug hooking I was drawn to the primitive style of hooking with the wide cuts of wool. Most of the motifs that I hook are farm animals. I spent my summers on my grandparent’s farm in Nebraska so I think much of my work is a reflection of my time there. I love simple days and time working with my hands.

IMG_1189I have a few different ideas brewing for my next hooking projects. I want to hook a large floral print, a collection of my favorite words and one of my daughter doing a yoga pose.

IMG_1191This rooster’s name is John Henry. He is hooked with a linen backing and all wool strips. I have hand dyed some of the background color, the beak and feet. The rest of the wool is “as is” wool fabric, most of which come from mills in Scotland and England. I love the whimsy and simplicity of this design. I hope you do too!”

IMG_1194Between now and THIS coming Thursday, October 17 at 8pm, for every $10 you donate through my GoFundMe website, you will get one entry into the raffle! All those who donated previously for the raffle of the Alpaca throw are automatically entered. John Henry is 19.5 x 24.5 inches and will be a wonderful conversation starter on display in your home. I will announce the winner via video. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!


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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

5 Responses to Enter to Win this “John Henry” Rooster Rug Hooking!

  1. Julia says:

    I just have to say that Henry is FABULOUS!!!!

  2. pegsangel says:

    I”m hooked on your hooking!

  3. Colleen says:

    I am “hooked” on Henry!!! Love this rug!!

  4. Jackie says: