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Blast from the Past: How to Hook the Barn

A Pastoral Scene for Primitive or Traditional Hooking

By: Jane Olson
Blast from the Past How to Hook the Barn

Years ago, primitive rug patterns often featured objects around the home, including the house itself. The materials that were available were cut by hand and used as-is to create colorful pictorials. We have come a long way with our commercial patterns, specially dyed wool, and cloth-stripping machines, but the motifs are still fun to hook.

I always think of primitives as rural designs, and this pattern certainly falls into that category. The pattern can be hooked traditionally with a #4 cut, but the directions that follow are for hooking the pattern with a #5 or 6 cut of wool.


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