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Image- Shenandoah Valley Eagle by Katie Hartner

Shenandoah Valley Eagle (24 x 63)

Hooked by Katie Hartner

The areas between the eagle and the hearts are so muted that they just melt into the rug. Incredible. The “hit n miss” in the background is a very wonderful play of the wools. Note how none of them “jump” at you. Just wonderful.

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Image- Shenandoah Valley Eagle by Crystal Brown

Shenandoah Valley Eagle (24 x 63)

Hooked by Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown of Washington, Pennsylvania, hooked this Shenandoah Valley Eagle. It was awarded Judge’s Choice in the Washington County (Pennsylvania) Fair 2010. Another wonderful rug! I truly am blown away my this three ladies. Please note Crystal’s soft Eagle and the great background around him. Love the stripe area around the eagle – very outstanding.

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Image- Shenandoah Valley Eagle by Kathy Sparks

Shenandoah Valley Eagle (24 x 63)

Hooked by Kathy Sparks

Hooked by Kathy Sparks of Unionville, Indiana. Probably one of my most favorite patriotic rugs. The flags, eagle and shield are just perfect for today. Great balance of color on a wonderful background.

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Image- Shenandoah Valley Eagle by Sharon Brown

Shenandoah Valley Eagle (24 x 63)

Hooked by Sharon Brown

Hooked by Sharon Brown of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania. I love this historical rug. Sharon’s background is dyed and is so subtle and simple that it allows the shields and eagle to be the highlight of the rug. Love the area behind the crossed flags too.

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Image- Shippee Floral by Betsy Gee

Shippee Floral (32 x 64)

Hooked by Betsy Gee

Betsy Gee of Chesterfield, Missouri, hooked this rug. I surely enjoyed “meeting” Betsy on the phone and through emails. She was inspired by Sharon’s wonderful rug at the left. Looking at all three of these rugs is just a lightening bolt of color, thoughts, personalities and fun. Study the differences and note how the red posies in Sharon and Betsy’s rugs and then the colorful posies in Weslee’s rug are all so perfect for the rug that they are in.

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Image- Shippee Floral by Sharon Contelmo

Shippee Floral (32 x 64)

Hooked by Sharon Contelmo

Hooked by Sharon Contelmo of Poughkeepsie, New York. An absolutely great rug hooked by a great lady. The colors in this rug are super. Or, if you will, lack of them. Sharon is a bit more of a primitive rug hooker than the original pattern – thus she simplified the basket and in the corners hooked tulips. I always say, “this is your rug, remember your name.”

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Image- Shippee Floral by Weslee Hursh

Shippee Floral (32 x 64)

Hooked by Weslee Hursh

Hooked by Weslee Hursh of Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Weslee’s rug follows the pattern more acurately and is just poetry in motion. The key to this rug is the light corners, and who would have thought that. They allow the brightness of the basket to “settle in” and become part of the rug.

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Image- Star Flowers by Thirza Youker

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Thirza Youker

Thirza Youker of Fort Wayne, Indiana, hooked this Star Flowers. Her old green background makes the rug super old looking. Thirza’s play of color in the flowers is wonderful and the border is very neat.

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Image- Star Flowers by Carolyn Callan

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Carolyn Callan

Carolyn Callan of Arlington, Texas, hooked this wonderful pattern of an antique rug with Jule Marie Smith at the Star of Texas Rug Camp. I just LOVE the way Jule and Carolyn played with color and texture to recreate this wonderful old pattern. The irregular use of color in the border leaves is probably one of my favorite parts of this rug and then I also love the background – actually I love the whole thing. Thanks to both of you.

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Image- Star Flowers by Crystal Brown

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown of Washington, Pennsylvania, hooked this rug. Crystal said that the green she used for the leaves around the outside edge “spoke to her.” This is one perfect rug – it surely is good to “hear” what the wools say to you.

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Image- Star Flowers by Dixie Coyle

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Dixie Coyle

A wonderful old pattern and our thanks to Barbara Benner of Red Clover Rugs for helping us recreate this pattern. Dixie Coyle of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, hooked the rug on the left at the Star of Texas Rug Camp. Her burlap-colored background is very reminiscent of the rugs that were indeed hooked with actual burlap in the background.

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Image- Star Flowers by Jill Welsh

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Jill Welsh

Jill Welsh of Novelty, Ohio, had a great time with Jule Marie Smith as they planned the colors in this Star Flowers – the background is deep and rich and the play of colors around the rug us super. Thanks, ladies!

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Image- Star Flowers by Keith Kemmer

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Keith Kemmer

I love the colors in the rug hooked by Keith Kemmer, Waterford, Michigan. Keith started this last here at a Woolley Fox Mini Workshop. Keith’s favorite things about this rug are: “Barb’s fantastic colors. This entire rug was a treat to hook, and because of that I actually finished it in less than a year. My other rugs took way too long to finish! Thanks, Barb, for showing me the primitive direction (my future focus in rug hooking).”

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Image- Star Flowers by Kelly Wilson

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Kelly Wilson

Hooked by Kelly Wilson of Aurora, Illinois. Her dark background sets off her rich wonderful colors and gives them an exciting glow.

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Image- Star Flowers by Laura Schnelker

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Laura Schnelker

Hooked by Laura Schnelker of Baltic, Ohio. Old and neat – and quiet. The reds are needed to spark up the greens – and keep a rich mellow feel to the rug.

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Image- Star Flowers by Laurie Miln

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Laurie Miln

Laurie Miln, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, hooked this rug. She had a lot of fun moving her colors around; note how the golds bring the rug to a “cheery” level. Just neat.

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Image- Star Flowers by Peggy Bloom

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Peggy Bloom

Truly elegant! The simplicity of the colors is wonderful. Hooked by Peggy Bloom, Missoula, Montana. Thanks, Peggy.

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Image- Star Flowers by Sandy Walker

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Sandy Walker

Sandy Walker, also from Colorado, hooked this rug. Dark or light background works well with this rug. Her teals are great. Sandy’s background looks old, old, old.

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Image- Star Flowers by Susan Quicksall

Star Flowers (25 x 48)

Hooked by Susan Quicksall

Susan Quicksall, Oglesby, Texas, hooked this rug. Her light background definitely adds a touch of elegance to this rug. Simply a gracious and beautiful rug.

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Image - Stubbs' Horse Trainer (21 x 46) by Nada Lind

Stubbs’ Horse Trainer (21 x 46)

Hooked by Nada Lind

Nada Lind of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, hooked this Stubbs Horse Trainer. The jacket on the horse trainer is just super and the mixture of the darks for the horse are rich and simple. LOVE THAT BORDER!

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Image - Stubbs' Horse Trainer (21 x 46) by Charlotte Allison

Stubbs’ Horse Trainer (21 x 46)

Hooked by Charlotte Allison

Hooked by Charlotte Allison of Long Branch, Texas. This pattern is a portion of a rug hooked about 1860 by Julia Eastman Stubbs of Maine.

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Image - Stubbs' Horse Trainer (21 x 46) by Crystal Brown

Stubbs’ Horse Trainer (21 x 46)

Hooked by Crystal Brown

Hooked by Crystal Brown of Washington, Pennsylvania. Crystal added her own bird to this delightful rug. She hooked this entire rug from “Barb Carroll wool leftovers”! The background is fun – remember this was all of the wool she had in these colors. Fun to use those leftovers and see what happens in the rug.

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Image - Stubbs' Horse Trainer (21 x 46) by Mary Floyd

Stubbs’ Horse Trainer (21 x 46)

Hooked by Mary Floyd

For this rug, I added the bird for Mary Floyd, Roswell, Georgia. (The bird is also part of the original rug.) Mary did a wonderful job with this rug. I love her colors and her border.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Barb Carroll

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Barb Carroll

This is the size of the original rug which was hooked by Julia Eastman Stubbs of Strong, Maine. The original rug is now in the Maine State Museum. The rug on the left was hooked by Barb. This rug is truly one of my favorite of the old rugs. I had a great time hooking it and “reliving the past.” One of the best of the best of the antique rugs.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Crystal Brown

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Crystal Brown

Hooked by Crystal Brown of Washington, Pennsylvania. The red coat on the trainer is super. The light dog with the spot is fun. All of Crystal’s rugs are fun!

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Keith Kemmer

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Keith Kemmer

Hooked by Keith Kemmer, Waterford, Michigan. The teal background on this rug is “killer.” I love the way Keith played with his colors in this rug.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Rebecca Calderwood

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Rebecca Calderwood

Hooked by Rebecca Calderwood of Holidaysburg, PA This is still one of my favorite of the old rugs. Makes no sense – and that is fun to hook. Love Rebecca’s background and the spots on the cow. The teal bird and bucket bring even more fun into the rug

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Sharon Brown

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Sharon Brown

Hooked by Sharon Brown of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania. Great color story. Most of Sharon’s background is from an old Army blanket.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Silvia Titsworth

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Silvia Titsworth

Hooked by my wonderful friend Silvia Titsworth of Comfort, Texas. Love everything about this rug. The red cow and pump play so well with all of the greens. Old and wonderful.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Weslee Hursh

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Weslee Hursh

Weslee Hursh of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, hooked this rug. Sorry the right end is cut off! I always say this is one of my favorite rugs and I love the way Weslee hooked this rug. Such joy and fun. Thanks.

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Image - Stubbs' Runner by Georgia Adams

Stubbs’ Runner (20 x 84)

Hooked by Georgia Adams

Hooked by Georgia Adams of Cowgill, Missouri. Probably my top favorites in the old rugs. Makes no sense and the whimsy is fun, fun, fun. Georgia’s “’pink pump” is super, unexpected and neat. The neutral background softens everything and adds to the “age” of the rug.

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