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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Dear Beginning Rug Hooker

By: Karen Larsen

The Early Bird Gets the Worm, 16" x 20", #8-cut wool on primitive linen.  Designed and hooked by Karen Larsen, Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania, 2011.

After a long, cold winter, it’s a thrill to see the first robin of the season hopping in the grass, looking for worms. At this time of year, you may be itching to start on a small and colorful springtime project. This appealing design is a mother robin feeding a fat worm to her babies.

Simple, colorful, and eye-catching was my goal. The close-up point of view creates an intimate connection between the viewer and the birds. It’s a fairly small project—16 by 20 inches—so a simple design and blocks of color work well. Too many small design elements would make the rug look busy and be difficult to hook in #8-cut wool.

This article is from the March/April/May 2012 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page

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