Finally! I finished my St. Nick rug. Two years in the making.. a christmas gift. I hope my sister will love it. She won’t if I don’t get to the shipping center today! LOL
Archive for the ‘hooked rugs’ Category
A world created by loops and ends. Color, an artistic challenge of technique awaits the journey into the avenue of art: traditional rug hooking. A colonial craft that is practiced today as an art form. I’m happy to say, this very simple technique opens the door to one of the great pleasures in life– creating something wonderful from the work of your hands.
Technique plays a rather minor part in this art form. There is a certain amount of pride and satisfaction from working nice even smooth loops, but perfection of stitch is not the primary goal. The actual motion, the repetition of the hook and fabric through the burlap, has a certain therapeutic effect. It is rather hypnotic and soothes the soul, so even this aspect of the craft there is a benefit and pleasure.
The excitement and challenge of the art as I see it is in the development of the color plan, and the world suddenly becomes a magical place.. because you must now see instead of just look. For example, imagine a rose, first you must decide on its color, for the rose does not have to be blood red or an American beauty color. Your red could be talisman, changing from a delicate sun kissed John F Kennedy yellow rose, to the softest blush of pale coral, or it could be also royal purple or the brightest blue sky. Colors of the rainbow and beyond are yours in a dye pot.. and the choice is limited only by the boundary of your imagination. Happy hooking!