As I wrote in an earlier post, thanks to a mini workshop I took from Wooly Walkers at the June 2016 Black Sheep Gathering, I have added rug punching to my fiber arts. After making smaller projects, I want to to design and punch a rug for our new house. My research into punch and hooked rugs patterns has revealed that American folk art – decorative and whimsical – seems most popular. I, however, have never been fond of American folk art so I wasn’t sure how I would proceed.
Recently Thor and I were browsing the aisles of a large bookstore, and my attention was caught by this 1,000 piece puzzle titled, “Hoffman House Rug Design.” In 1957 Franklin Lloyd Wright designed this rug for the home of one of his clients, Max Hoffman. (For some reason, the rug never made it to Hoffman’s House. It found a home in Wright’s own house, Taliesin, in Wisconsin.)
Admitting that my eye for rug patterns was drawn to designs influenced by the art and designs of Piet Mondrian and, especially, Franklin Lloyd Wright, I started looking at images on the web for ideas. Here are some nice ones:
Then Thor and I started drawing. Here are some drafts:
We’ve moved on to experimenting with colors. Here are a few drafts:
It’s taking a while, but we’re getting closer. As these pictures reveal, our designs are not even close to American folk art – which is lovely, but just not us.
Do you make rugs and, if so, what kinds of designs do you like to incorporate in your rugs?