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Nature’s View Rug Hooking Footstool Pattern

Annie's Flower Power rug hooked footstool by Cindi Gay

Annie’s Flower Power rug hooked footstool by Cindi Gay

This pattern idea came to me when I was finishing a footstool. That footstool, Annie’s Flower Power, shown here, has a hit and miss border that completely and beautifully disguises the corner seam. What other patterns would do that? Something with a vertical element. Hmmm…. Then I thought of trees.

Rug Hooked Footstool pattern with trees in the corners

Nature’s View Rug Hooking Pattern
by Cindi Gay

After you sew up the side seams of a footstool, you hook to fill the empty area. The tree trunks on this pattern are only partially hooked when the pattern is flat. The main part of the trunk emerges only after the pattern is sewn together.

Because it may be hard to visualize this pattern, I wanted to show it to you in 3D. I searched for a way to digitally bend my image. I’m sure there is a way, but in the spirit of Simplify (see the stair riser pattern), I decided to print it out, fold it, tape it and then take a photograph.

Bobby, thank you for the simple solution.

The colors I used are strong but help to separate the areas visually. I image the ground hooked in textures that are only subtly different, the sky hooked using my special sky wool. . . More ideas below.[clear]

Here is a really rough approximation of what this pattern would look like hooked:

Nature's View rug hooking pattern folded into 3d form

This is approximately how the pattern would come together.

Use these ideas to make the pattern your own:

  • Use my sky wool for the sky area or ignore the lines and hook the four areas solid.
  • Treat each corner as a season, spring, summer, fall and winter. I diagrammed out some colors you could use. Please don’t try to match these in any way, I just grabbed whatever color came close to what I was thinking. These are NOT the exact colors I would choose in wool.
  • On each side hook fields of different flowers growing. Roses in the summer, bulbs in the spring, mums for fall and bare stalks for winter?
  • Different geographic areas on each side, mountains, ocean, etc.
  • Add houses to each side. I actually have a draft for this idea so keep an eye out for it. That pattern will be more primitive and not as stylized.
  • Add people to the sides of the ground on each side.
    • What your family does in each season.
    • Different decades of your life
    • Different generations. Make it a genealogy footstool!
    • People playing different sports.
    • A side for each person in your family, or each child if you conveniently have four children.
    • Use the season idea or drop it completely when you are adding other elements. Choose your favorite season. Make all the trees in fall colors, etc.
  • Repeat the colors used in the trees and ground to create a small quilt block on the top. This helps to break up the sky area and bring color to the top.
  • Ignore the quilt block idea and hook the top as all sky. Keep the quilt block idea to give direction to your hooking, but keep it subtle in different shades of blue.
  • Ignore the sky idea completely and make the entire sky area a quilt block, all the way down to the ground. Add all those colors you love.

How would you make it your own? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Rosenweeds Footstool Pattern

Rosenweeds rug hooked footstool pattern

Rosenweeds rug hooking footstool pattern designed by Cindi Gay

I could not resist using the name Rosenweeds, after all what do you call those leaf-like shapes with the lollipop flowers or berries?

Here’s some ideas on how to hook the motifs:

The circles could be flowers, hook them in a variety of colors. Use multiple colors in one flower. Hook all the flowers the same. Hook them all different. Prod the outside edge and hook the center for a 3D flower. Hook very high loops around the outside edge for a different 3D look. Use white and keep them small for a delicate look.

The “leaves” around the border can be all one green for a very simple look. Use a dozen different greens and hook each leaf a different green. Use a dozen greens and use all of them in each leaf for a look with variety but unity. Hook them light at the tip and dark at the base, do the reverse. You could even shade them light to dark going left to right or right to left. Outline with one wool and fill with another. Don’t use green at all! Just consider them shapes and use any color you like.

I prefer my scrolls hooked with an outline and fill that are similar, usually different colors so that an iridescence is created. If I can find the right ones, I like to use textures rather than dyed wools. It keeps the scrolls softer. Use a combination like turquoise and green, orange and yellow or more reserved, two browns or a light and dark blue, etc.

Hook the rose in the center using wools that have differences in value. I struggled a bit with this in my room-sized rug. You can read how I resolved it. My favorite combination is to use a textured gold for the outlines, a deep rich and dull red for the shadow areas, just below each petal and then fill with one or two red textures.

There is the usual border that follows the bottom of the footstool. I think it is easier to put it together if you have a border like this. In between the bottom border and the scroll, you can hook hit and miss to beautifully disguise the construction seams or hook it solid with one wool.


Rug Hooked Footstool Feet – where to get them

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Footstool Construction

Feet for rug hooked footstool

Square Pocketful rug hooked footstool designed by Kate Porter, hooked by Cindi Gay

Square Pocketful rug hooked footstool designed by Kate Porter, hooked by Cindi Gay


Once you begin hooking on your pattern, order the feet for the footstool so you will have them when your hooking is complete. You can find many sources on the internet. A few are listed below. These feet are 4″ in diameter and 6″ tall which will give you a final footstool height of approximately 16″. They come unfinished and attach by simply screwing them into pre-drilled holes.

I stained mine with Minwax Polyshades. It is a stain and Polyurethane in 1 step. I used several coats. The color I used is Bombay Mahogany Gloss #480, a rich dark color that does not detract from the hooking. I could not find an 8 oz. can this time, which is enough for several stools. The smallest I could find was quart.

You can add a plastic or felt pad on the bottom to protect your floor.

Places to order footstool feet for rug hooked footstool:

Adams Wood Products in Tennessee

I ordered A0558 CONTEMPORARY BUN FEET with Dowel Screw, 6″ height in paint grade from Adams Wood Products. This is the exact same foot that I’ve used on my previous footstools.

Van Dykes Restorers
Woodturners Incorporated

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