New Work by Wild West Rug Hookers

Patty Tyrrell, our contact with the Wild West Rug Hookers, sent us pictures of some of the work members of their group have done recently. Take a look:

Lion and Lamb, hooked by Sylvia Gauthier,  Cody.

Lion and Lamb, hooked by Sylvia Gauthier, Cody.

The group meets monthly at the Cody-Park County Library, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. They welcome visitors, those new to rug hooking as well as experienced hands.

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Lincoln bag, hooked by Patti Tyrrell. Custom trimmed with leather handles and edging.

They now have a blog you can follow: http://wildwestrughookers.blogspot.com

Patti sent us the back story behind the “Lincoln bag.” She wrote: “The pattern was designed by Carol Kassera (rug hooker) after learning about its existence from a Lincoln impersonator in the 1980s. The Lincoln impersonator had a black and white photo of an old carpetbag from an auction sale bill. It was reported to be President Lincoln’s actual carpetbag. A newspaper account claimed President Lincoln carried carpet bags and would give his carpet bags to people in need.

I doubt he would have purple colors though, so I call mine ‘Mrs. Lincoln’s bag’.”

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Teacup wool runner, hooked by Patti Tyrrell.

We look forward to a rug hooking demonstration at the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival, Aug. 6-7!