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Primitive Roses stair riser rug hooking pattern

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Primitive Roses Stair Riser
Primitie Rose Stair Riser designed and hooked by Cindi Gay

Primitive Rose Stair Riser

Chicken Hook a Doodle Do Rug Hooking Pattern by Cindi Gay

Chicken Hook a Doodle Rug

This stair riser pattern has the same rose and bud motif that I used in a design I worked up for my class at Sauder Village this August with Barb Carroll, Chicken Hook a Doodle Do.

I wanted to start gathering my wools together. Do I go dull and primitive or my usual style with a little bit more color? I decided to try the dull path. Jack helped me pick out wool.

Jackson, the boxer mix, helping me choose colors.

Jackson is always right there. With or without the camera.

I didn’t use the lightest coral but I did use the next two. Something is off and I don’t have the gumption to fix it right now. The camera is adding a lot of dullness.

Primitive Rose attempt in dull colors

I left the rose alone and moved to the other side of the rug and tried my favorite, can’t live without, always work wools. These would be in my survival wool packet if I had to choose just a few. These wools, particularly in combination, make me happy.

Primitive rose attemp in my favorite colors
I wished I had paused long enough to take a photo with the dull rose at one end and the brighter one at the other. To be honest, I didn’t give the dull look a real chance. I should have waited until I had the bulk of the background hooked before I made a decision. Then and only then can you truly see what is happening.

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay

Background – 1/2 yard. I used 3 strips of a darker brown and 5 of a slightly lighter one. This stair riser has more background than the other stair risers.
Red for the flowers – 4 strips. You’ll have leftovers, but I like the variety.
Yellow – 2 strip, one dull and one brighter
Green – 5 strips of different green wools

The next post in this series will continue with the hooking, focusing on the background.

Rug hooking the background on Primitive Roses stair riser

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Primitive Roses Stair Riser

Rug hooking the background can be the least interesting part of rug hooking. So I’ve developed a way to be sure I finish the background and don’t lose interest. I figure that every strip I hook now is one less strip of background I’ll have to hook later. I hook background as soon as I can, often background is my second strip of wool.

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay

I hook squiggly shapes all over the surface. Think zigsaw puzzle pieces. Quilters will recognize this as stipple quilting. The main advantage is that the rows are going every which way and your eye does not settle into a pattern. The other feature of hooking a background this way is that if you begin to get nervous about how much wool you have, you can easily introduce a new one and mix it in.

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay

I tried the dull green colors for the foliage on the right. Notice how it looks better once I get more background hooked. I wonder how the rose in the dull colors would have worked? I really did not give it a chance. Part way through the hooking, I realized that there are several wools that I really rely on for my hooking. These would be the wools I would grab if I had to make an emergency exit. I decided to offer these as a bundle for sale so I wanted this stair riser to represent that idea but I didn’t pull the dull green out until almost the end.

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay

Now I have more background hooked. The lower part of the stair riser is filled in. I hook on a Puritan Frame and there is a comfort spot that I prefer to hook in. The piece of backing I used for this piece is smaller than I normally use so it is restricting how I put the piece on my frame. I’ll turn it over and hook the upper area.

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay

Now the hooking is complete. Notice that I did change the greens on the right. I experimented with adding a blue/green lighter wool. At first I almost pulled it out because it was so different. After it was all done, that part became very special. I added a small touch of it on the left also. Don’t rip out too soon. You will probably rip out some very special hooking if you do. Image this piece without that tiny glimmer. . .

Primitie Rose Stair Riser designed and hooked by Cindi Gay

Primitive Rose Stair Riser

closeup of rughooking of leaf

I had experimented early on with the letters also (see the lower loop of the #9) and worked in a beige with the golds. A tiny bit of it never got pulled out. I think it adds a bit of something unexpected.

closeup of rughooking

Next week I’ll show you how I do the finish for the stair risers. Remember the last stair riser I tried to finish? I used my default rug hooking finish, Fold Forward Finish, and it did not fit my stairs. No problem. It got hung on the wall instead. The rughooking finish I use for the stair risers does not show on the front at all, but covers the edge beautifully so the stair riser looks good even if viewed from the side.

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