Challenging Yourself

lady unicorn photo for webI love rug hooking. It isn’t at all unusual for me to knock out a small, simple rug in a month, and I never get tired of it. But sometimes, you really want to  challenge yourself, to take on a project that will force you to summon up all your skill and creativity. I’m finally ready to tackle the Lady and the Unicorn.

You will no doubt remember these iconic images, from a series of Flemish tapestries created around the year 1500, and now on display in the Musee national du Moyen Age (forgive my spelling!) in Paris. My daughter and I had the great good fortune to view them in person, an experience I will never forget.

They are on display in the museum in a small room in relatively low light, to preserve their vibrant colors. It’s a little like walking into a chapel. The six wool and silk, hand-woven tapestries fill the walls of this circular room, from floor to ceiling. By some lucky chance, we were fortunate to view them all by ourselves.

They were woven in a style called mille-fleurs (thousand flowers), and five of the tapestries depict the five senses, sight, taste, hearing, smell and touch. I decided to focus my project on the sight tapestry, where the unicorn is sitting in the lady’s lap, while she holds up a mirror, showing the unicorn’s reflection.

lady unicorn 1 for web

Lady and the Unicorn, 35″x44″, drawn out on linen. My first crack at it!

Rug hooking for me is all about trial and error. I have to hook something before I know if it’s going to work. I decided to start with the unicorn, because believe it or not, it’s the easiest part of the whole design! I’ll keep experimenting with the shading until I get something close to the photo, then I’ll move on to the lovely lady. Stay tuned!

Heidi Wulfraat Love on the Run for web

Love on the Run, 27″x53″ Designed and hooked by Heidi Wulfraat

This month’s featured rug at Little House Rugs is Love on the Run, designed and hooked by Heidi Wulfraat. You will be amazed to learn that this was her first attempt at hooking with yarn, and she used her own handspun yarn to boot! Her story is so inspiring, please check it out at

This month I’ll be at the Oregon Flock and Fiber in Canby, OR ( I’ll be teaching a beginner class on rug hooking, as well as having my booth. If you’re in the area, come and say hi!

Paradise Fibers is having a sale on Cascade Yarns this weekend. Look for Cascade Eco, bulky and any other offerings that are worsted weight-bulky for your rug hooking! Use the code CASCADING30 to get the discount.

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Irish Terrier rug, re-hooked with new background

Don’t forget that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2016, you will be entered to win the Good Dog Rug (a $385 value!). To read the story on this interesting project, go to

Happy hooking everyone!

Judy Taylor


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