Primitive Pastimes Rug Hooking Studio
Kim Dubay, Designer
130 Center Road Gray, Maine 04039
Phone: (207) 829-3725
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Welcome to my web site... A little background info about me. I started hooking in 1990 after buying a house for a Bed & Breakfast. There were wide pine floors everywhere, so rug hooking was a craft of necessity. Guests started asking for instruction and I decided I could make this a business. Once we sold the Bed and Breakfast, I kept my rug business and ran it full time for 15 years in our 1806 Federal-style home. Now, in 2013, we moved to Gray to a home with multi-levels. I have a two-room studio from which I make and sell hooked home décor items to shops and at shows. My Primitive Pastimes patterns are sold at various hook-ins around the state.

In this web site you will see many of my hooked rugs
My online catalog has several patterns shown. There is also a series of original designs I call my " Hooked Heirlooms" which are featured on one of the pages. I like to make various items out of my rug hooking, not just rugs, as you will see.
What I do here at Primitive Pastimes
There is always a rug in progress for you to see and try your hand. Private or semi-private lessons are available at a moment's notice. Hours are by appointment only so give a call if you will be in the area. Payment for purchases are: Cash, Personal Check, or Travelers Check. Gift certificates are also available.
Featured Hooked Rug
This rug is entitled "Sampler Rug" as I tried to design and hook many features found in old samplers. Most samplers are very simple in design so I thought this would make a charming primitive rug.
The "Sampler Rug" is 53" x 25 1/2" and is hooked in a #8 cut. I used both hand-dyed and as is wools to create an antique sampler look. The design is available through my pattern company, Primitive Pastimes.
I color planned the rug using my as is and already dyed wools, choosing muted and dull colors as seen in old samplers. The background is several different beiges, that I hooked to give a mottled look. The grass and trees are two or three different tweeds, mixed to give an unplanned look. Note, the lettering was done in the colors from the rug itself. As in old samplers, when a letter or word was started in one color thread, they would use it to the end, without any waste. I hooked mine in the same fashion. WROUGHT BY was used in the signing of samplers. The willow design was commonly seen , especially in mourning samplers.
The rug took roughly a month to complete. It was a pleasure to hook because of all the color changes. The background was worked with the houses and willow so it didn't become boring by itself. I was worried about hooking so many letters but found changing the colors frequently helped.
The favorite part of the rug for me was the coming together of the colors with the design. Once the colors were chosen then hooked, the design came alive. The most challenging part was hooking the willow. I hoped it would look like a weeping willow.
Overall, I am very pleased with the design and my color choices. I accomplished what I set out to do. That was to design and hook an antique-looking rug that was similar in style to my antique samplers.
Primitive Pastimes recommended sites can be found on the "Tour Studio" link
Sampler Rug Pattern 52"x25.5" $64.00