These super charming pillows came from estate pieces that had been hooked. The craft of hooking originated in England and traveled to America over 200 years ago. Thick floor covering was needed for those Eastern seaboard villages. Materials used originally were just scraps of fabric cut evenly, looped, and pulled through burlap or linen. Those early rugs would have been very colorful.
Then, like many crafts, artisans began to refine their designs and materials. Always considered a country craft, hooked wool rugs and pillows were in more humble homes while embroidery and needlepoint graced finer mansions.
Hooking has had a strong resurgence in the textile weaving world and there have been many museum exhibitions throughout America celebrating the art. There's even an Association of Hooking Artisans.
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