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What's New at Pine Island Primitives

Several New Designs and Kits

There are several new designs that are not hooked yet. I will get them on the website as soon as they are finished. You can see them at a hook-in, at a class or at the shop. They include a new stocking with a Snowman, a small floral and also new smaller versions of the centers of “Posy Sheep” and “Posy Pony” (17” x 23”), and also a very primitive simple design of hearts with stars and birds around the hearts called “Aunt Patty’s Hearts”. This is the next one I will hook after I finish Bird Dog!

Pine Island Primitived Linen Designs
Checker Birds 33”x 50” or 19”x 30” (see “Animals” section)

Pine Island Primitived Linen Designs
Nuts About You 14”x 32” (see “Animals” section)

Pine Island Primitives Designs
Lulu Reindeer 11” x 20” (see “Animals” or “Kits” section)

Pine Island Primitives Kits
Lulu Chair pad 14” diameter (see “Geometrics” or “Kits” section)

Pine Island Primitives
Sheep in a Snowstorm 12”x 17” (see “Animals” or “Kits” section)
This is a small project that I will be teaching at the ATHA Biennial in Denver, Colorado August 2019. The class is designed to teach students how to work with close-value neutrals. Kit includes photo, instructions, design hand-drawn on linen, uncut wool needed to complete project and velvet for ear, face and legs.

Pine Island Primitives by Sally Kallin
Bird Dog (partially hooked) 36” x 48”
Couldn’t wait to show you this new design so here it is partially hooked. This is a rug of my buddy “Tucker”. He will point a pheasant all day! Still working on this one. Will get a finished photo on the website as soon as it is hooked. Some of the new wools were used in this rug: Tucker Two-Tone, haystack, Lamb chop, London Stone and Loverboy (see wool section).

You can order “Bird Dog” before it is on the website by contacting me.


LuLu Rug Hooking Class
Thursday February 7th, 2019 10am–Noon

Learn this fast and fun rug hooking technique called Lulu Hooking. Strips are cut wide, hooked high and loops are clipped. These have an impressionistic look and are very comfy to sit on or walk on. 

We will discuss how wools vary when cut into different widths, and what type of designs work well for Lulu rugs. Students will learn different finishing techniques appropriate for Lulu rug and other hooked rugs.

Class Fee: $25 plus cost of kit (must purchase one of the kits below to attend class)
Choose from:

Lulu Reindeer Kit
11” x 20” ($110)

Lulu Chair Pad Kit
14” diameter ($98)
Pine Island Primitives
Texas Lulu Kit
12” x 24” ($169)

Kits include pattern hand drawn on linen, uncut wool needed to complete project and binding tape. 

To register for class, contact: Sally Kallin, e-mail:, 507-356-2908

Two Big Changes on the website
Change number one: After much consideration, and many years of providing the choice of two backings, I have decided to simplify and discontinue monk’s cloth as a backing option. You are welcome to call or email to custom order designs on monk’s cloth.

Change number two: Unfortunately, copying rug designs has become a problem. This hurts you as well as me.  The rugs are not put on the website until they are hooked, so you don’t get to see the newest designs. By not putting line drawings on the website it makes it more difficult for people to trace the designs. This is why it is stated in the “Conditions of Use” below that you will not photograph or post photos online of the unhooked canvas.

To help with this problem of copying, I have decided to add a “Conditions of Use” agreement that needs to be checked to finish your order. This is not something that I want to do because most of you are very honest and want to do the right thing. It is intended to clarify that you are paying to use the design one time. It is a copyright infringement to trace, copy or redraw the canvas, photo or any portion of either.

The agreement also states, that if you sell the finished rug, you will permanently attach a tag that includes
© Sally Kallin. This is to protect my copyright and to be clear to the person purchasing the rug that it is not your original design. 

Below is the agreement that you will find in the ordering process. Even if you order wool only, the agreement needs to be checked because it states that you understand that all sales are final.

I appreciate your cooperation in this.  We all need to get the word out that it is not right to copy or trace designs.

Conditions of Use:  Check box to complete order
I understand that this hand-drawn rug design (canvas) is for one time use only. I agree not to trace or duplicate it (or any portion of it) in any form or allow anyone else to do so. I agree not to photograph the unhooked canvas or post it on any electronic media until the rug is hooked.  If the finished rug is sold, I will permanently attach a tag to the rug that says © Sally Kallin.

I understand that I am purchasing a rug canvas, not a finished rug.

I understand that all sales are final.

If your order is for wool only and does not include a rug canvas, please disregard the copyright information and agree to the Conditions of Use to state that you understand that all sales are final.

Pine Island PrimitivesThe Cow Whisperer© 2013 Sally Kallin
Designed and hooked by Sally Kallin
(Not currently available as a pattern)

Growing up during the great depression, my husband’s grandpa (Frank Kallin) was a very creative and resourceful man. After retiring from farming, he decided to start a new business. He went to the local livestock auctions and bought sickly little calves and nursed them back to health.  When they grew up, he would then rent them to dairy farmers in Wisconsin that could not afford to purchase a heard of expensive dairy cows.  At one point he had 600 cows that were being rented. As well as a creative businessman, he was a very colorful story teller and this rug is based on a couple of his stories.

He had a farmer that rented several cows from him. One day that farmer said “This cow is dry! She won’t give milk!” Indignant, Grandpa marched over to the farm and whispered something into the cow’s ear. The next day she was giving milk! We asked him what he said to the cow, but he would never tell us. (He wouldn’t tell the farmer either).

If you look to the right side of the rug you can see two rats with their tails linked. One is lowering the other into the nest to steal eggs. This is another Grandpa Kallin story. We are not sure if the stories are true, but that doesn’t matter. They are special to our family and a great way to remember life on the farm in Wisconsin.

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