Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hutchinson Rugs ~

I've seen pictures of these rugs in the past, but did not know they were known as Hutchinson rugs until a week or two ago when Saundra filled me in.  Their rugs were the featured exhibit at rug week at Sauder Village.  The following was taken from the Sauder Village website.

James & Mercedes Hutchinson 
"Notable collectors have been adding these humorous, quirky, and distinctive rugs to their collections for years. Antique dealers have said there are a couple hundred rugs attributed to this couple. So, who are the Hutchinson’s and how many rugs are there?
The collection, created from the 1920’s to 1950’s, are well known for their whimsical and humorous inscriptions, such as “I Love My Good Man with a Tender Devotion, But I Can Not Go His Kin!” or “Must I Always Cook For My Husband's Kin, Out From My Kitchen What Do I See, Relatives Walking 2 & 3, So They Can Eat More Heartily.” There are many motifs that are common to these rugs like -- family, couples, cupids, firemen, sailors, famous people, pets and animals; with themes such as love, everyday challenges, humorous situations or memorable events. These rugs are one of America’s largest collections of hooked rugs -- and a treasure!
The story is intriguing – filled with little known tales and debunked old rumors. The number of rugs is far greater than ever known. After many years of research, the story of the rugs and the Hutchinson family has been documented in the book Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson, which will debut with this exhibit at Rug Hooking Week 2016."
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Enjoy the show :)

Contemporary Hutchinson style rugs.

I have LOTS more to share with you.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


kelley said...

I have always loved these rugs and want to make one...thanks for the great pics...did you bring much home ?

Three Sheep Studio said...

What an amazing collection of rugs they left behind ! Interesting story.

weaverpat said...

Love those rugs!

denise said...

those are too funny!

NMK said...

Oh my .... These are funny !

The Eveningstitcher said...

I loved the rugs!!! They were so far ahead of their time! One of them sure must have disliked their in-laws!!! So funny!!

Farm Girl said...

I have been waiting for this. Thank you for the history of those rugs. I didn't understand until I read your post. I am so glad you went!!

Saundra said...

Oh Lauen you outdid yourself. Thank you so much for posting all those individual photos. I plan to steal a copy from your post and save them on a flash drive.

Kelley, I also want to hook one. Have been trying to decide if I want to design one (but what??) or try to replicate one of the older ones.

village folk art said...

All very interesting, even though I never hooked a rug. My Grandmother Carrie made beautiful rugs and I always admired her work.

Peace to America,


TheCrankyCrow said...

Ha Ha!! I LOVE these! I had never heard of them before your thanks so much for the education! I thought I was a bit harsh at times with my inlaws...but yikes, I never called them a blight, curse or rodent!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

acorn hollow said...

such great rugs! Love them

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!!! Amazing rugs Lauren, really neat.Blessings Francine.

Jo said...

I too was blown away with the Hutchinson rugs at Sauder. It's very difficult to pick a favorite or choose one to hook on your own. My head is still spinning from looking at all the wonderful rugs in the exhibit!!

WoolenSails said...

Those are wonderful rugs, always love the ones with sayings and some of these are funny, cannot imagine what they were thinking when they insulted her DIL, lol.


Larkrise garden girl said...

Sauder sounds like heaven.
That was an interesting blog about Hutchinson rugs.
Thanks lauren.

Deana David said...

My favorite rug designers! Th as his for a great blog!