Telephone Chairpad

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Telephone Chairpad, 12″x12.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

Here is a throwback to an earlier time, when telephones were first being introduced.  A telephone chair such as this would easily be found in a hotel lobby, or the halls of the well-to-do in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  More genteel than standing at a wall phone, these chairs provided a shelf or drawer to contain a phone book, or a pad and pencil.

I found this one in an antique store and hooked the chairpad to make it my own.

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Telephone Chairpad, 12″x12.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

I bound the edges of the mat, to provide extra durability, and to connect the mat to the chair, I sewed in a plastic mesh.  I attached ribbons to the mesh, rather than to the burlap backing, to avoid wear and tear.

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Telephone Chairpad, showing the plastic mesh and ribbons

By luck, I managed to find a toy phone from the period and a hotel sign, and the whole sheebang sits in the entryway to our house.  (Below the chair is a 1970 Priscilla Turner Rug.)  Read more at

This Telephone Chairpad is featured on the website this month.  It is available as a pattern, kit or finished piece.  Blog subscribers can get the Telephone Chairpad for 20% off.   (

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Do you have a rug you would like to see featured on Little House Rugs?   Contact me!  Every rug has a story, and we love to hear all about them. Perhaps you found a rug in an antique store, or inherited one?   Maybe it is a rug you have made?  Send me a picture and write a few words about it, and if your rug is featured, you will receive a free half-yard of linen, or our recycled cotton rug hooking bag, so what are you waiting for?

Last year, as a thank you to all our customers, we had a drawing to give away a hand-hooked Victorian Santa.  This year, customers who spend fifty dollars any time between now and November 25, 2016 will be entered to win the Good Dog rug, valued at $385.00!

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Good Dog, Refurbished by Judy Taylor 22.5″x36″

This is a rug I found on ebay.  It started out with a very different background, a bright green acryllic which was not very attractive, so I redesigned it to bring it up to date, saving the charming dog.  You can read the story of this rug, from start to finish, unhooking and rehooking at

Just as we did last year, any customer who spends $50 will be entered to win the Good Dog rug (if you spend $100 you will be entered twice, if you spend $150 you will be entered three times, etc.).

I will be teaching a beginning rug hooking class on February 20 in Portland, OR.  See the website for more information.

Next month’s blog topic, Three Easy Ways to Create Shading!

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Hibiscus Wallhanging, showing three different easy methods to achieve shading!






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