Yesterday, I sent a package to Waldoboro, Maine. That really caught my attention. It’s not that I am surprised anyone would live there, it is just that the town is so closely identified with rug hooking history that I equate it as one of our fiber art “holy” places.
Because so many early Waldoboro rug hookers tended to “sculpt” or “hove” the design elements of their rugs, this 3-D technique eventually began to be referred to as Waldoboro Style. It is a simple, yet time-consuming process that I have outlined in both The Rug Hooker’s Bible and Prodded Hooking for a Three Dimensional Effect.
One fills in an element by starting on the outside, hooking that row with normal sized loops, skipping no holes. (This shot shows both an in-process and finished flower center.) Once hooked, scissors are inserted in the loop, at a right angle to the backing, so that the loop can be cut. The next row is hooked and cut in the same way, only this time; the loops are a stair step higher than the previous row. In this way, the entire shape is filled, with no holes being skipped. A “haircut” takes off the rough edges, leaving a 3-D representation of whatever is being hooked.
Addressing a post to a Waldoboro address made me go dig out an unfinished Waldoboro project.
This was started a few years ago when I went to spend a week hooking with Jacqueline Hanson. I had enjoyed watched her working on the prototype at the Santa Rosa ATHA Biennial and thought it would be a good kit of hers to order for that class. (Maybe I need to go back and take another class so I will get it finished!)
All I have really done so far on the project is work on the various sections intended for sculpting. I really like the way the finished version of this process looks … I just don’t like doing Waldoboro day after day. Perhaps doing one grape a day would be a reasonable approach to easing back into this project.