In the textile and weaving factories of the early 19th century, there were flickers of creativity that sprouted crafting ideas– a way of using the waste from the mills. The workers of these factories were allowed to take some of the leftover textile materials home. They then would use them to pull the various fibers though a backing; creating what is now called “hooked fabric.” Details of exactly where the technique of hooking fabric truly originated are a little vague but there is also evidence in early Scotland and parts of France. In these countries, instead of cotton materials, rags were actually used and ‘pulled though’ in the same manner.
From the shores of New England to Newfoundland, there heaved a movement that at first, was only popular amongst peasants and lower class individuals; being a craft associated with poverty. Though eventually the hooking revolution took on a new understanding and transitioned into a craft that created unique, tough and long lasting pieces. Nowadays, we see two forms of hooking styles that typically utilize wool. Fine hooking, which uses a thinner strip of wool will produce more intricate details. Primitive hooking, using wider strips of wool, accomplishes shading and highlights that are seen in the more visible textures of the wool. Most of the hooking today is done with a solid backing, in order to keep it from pulling or losing its strength in years to come.
In honor of the fine art that is wool hooking, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has plenty to offer when it comes to wool hooked items. Need a rug to accent a space, give it some color or create a seasonal area in your home? A hooked rug, like our Pumpkin Hooked Rug, works perfect for welcoming guests into your home. We also carry many wool hook pillows, like our Harvest Crow & Pumpkin Pillow(as seen above), that is a great way to transition your decor towards the harvest season. Continuing with our fall themed hooked products, Sturbridge also has the Wool Hook Harvest Pumpkin Chair Pad to accompany the pillow for a cohesive setting. Wool hook can also brighten your home, like with our Sunflower Pillow. Its bright colors and wonderful detail will put a smile on your face each time you see it, and isn’t that what life is all about?
When you pick up anything wool hooked from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, you’ll see and feel the tradition of creating these beautiful crafts. Check out another great autumn pillow, our Butterfly Brand Pumpkin Pillow and other wool hook items at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop today!