Hooray! I was able to finish my first Magdalena-style rug this morning!!! 🙂
This adaptation was a great experience and I had fun looking at Magdalena Briner Eby’s wonderful rugs and trying out some of her motifs. My rug is done in all wools, from a #4 cut to a #8.5 cut…but Magdalena used many different fabrics in her rugs, mostly from castoff clothing.
Here is my 24 x 24 inch Finished rug…”Lollypop Tree and Menagerie”, done in the style of Magdalena Briner Eby…
Since this is a 24 x 24 inch rug and Magdalena’s rugs were usually larger, mine does not have the “boldness” of the originals and is not as “primitive”…but I hope she would see the same scrappy spirit and love of animals that she brought to her rugs! 🙂
There were several things about doing my rug “Lollypop Tree and Menagerie” that I found particularly interesting. One of them was what I call the “ghost leaves”…leaves where just the veins show up and the interior of the leaf just fades into the background. they make a “soft statement” filling up space but not being too bold.
I also liked how Magdalena had her animals going “every which way”…and not arranged formally on her backing. Although in the Magdalena book about her life and works, there is a statement by the “Domestic Zoo” photo that they are not sure if Magdalena actually hooked this particular rug. But it seems to have her style and I used the rug as an inspiration and a source of motifs when doing my piece.
If you get a chance and are interested in Magdalena’s style of rug hooking, I hope you will try a reproduction or adaptation of her work yourself. I found it to be tremendous fun!!!
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 😉