Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I am one of many people who tends to have numerous projects going at the same time. I see inspirations and often decide that I will be able to create their likeness with my own hands. Silly me!!! That is how I came upon the craft (art?) of rug hooking. My friend Mo and I had taken off to Vermont for a weekend to visit the Shelburne Museum several years ago. The museum was closed...but there was a sign that said "Hooked Rug Exhibit". Hmmm...I wondered what a hooked rug was? "Lets check it out!"
The amazing rugs and mats that I saw made me want to try hooking a rug, and the friendly vendors made it convenient to purchase my first materials. I purchased this pattern that day from Cherylyn Brubaker, and began a new journey. I spent a long time studying hooked rugs and learning their history before picking up the hook, and purchased several other patterns and learned to dye wool. I am lucky to live in an area of the country where wool is abundant. I began this in January and just last night finished the binding on it. I used Lopi yarn for the binding as I had it left over from making a sweater and it matched perfectly with the border. I have made very few mats but am pleased that I can see some improvement compared to my first mat. I hope to keep improving with every effort.
Posted by Miz T. at 10:30 AM