The first bunny in my collection was made by my son when he was in kindergarten (or possibly first grade?). It was a gift to me. I love it.
When I first started rug hooking, I was very drawn to patterns with rabbits. I have branched out some - but I know there are many more rabbit rugs in my future - in fact there is one on my frame right now! (I'll get that on here when it is finished...)
Here is my very first hooked rug - or should I say the rug that got me hooked! This is an Anita White pattern.
Shortly after the little bunny mat was completed I ordered this Warren Kimble pattern. When Anita showed it to me I thought it was huge! I know better now - but it still looked huge at the time. I love the square pennies and the hit or miss rows in the border. And of course, I love the bunny...
The rug below is from Dogwood Hooked Art. I improvised a bit... I gave the rabbit a carrot to hold (actually he pulled it up from the garden and is about to eat it). At the time I was working on this rug, my friend Anne was doing a series of rugs for her kitchen with sayings on them so I decided I wanted a saying on this rug. I replaced the flowery space in the bottom of the original design with my saying... Carpe Carota. Yes, the Latin word for carrot (or the closest thing they had to a carrot at that time) is carota. SEIZE THE CARROT.
My Mom (an antiques dealer) is a great source of bunnies for my collection. I'm pretty sure all three of these came from her. The large white one is wonderful - very old, made of wool.
Happy Bunny Week everyone!