Yesterday I made a 5-minute stop at one of my favorite rug hooking shops, just to gather inspiration. Even though I cannot hook at the moment (the broken wrist), I just wanted to connect with color, wool, and creativity. I needed to ogle some rugs. As it turns out, I was so glad I stopped by. I found this beauty on their floor:
I'm guessing it's about 3-4 feet long and 2-3 feet wide. The colors! Oh, the colors. Just wonderful. So vibrant.
About 2/3 of the rug is done, but as you can see there are two major central areas on each side that are still unhooked. The backing looked to be in great shape. When the shop acquired the rug, no wool came with it (no unhooked matching wool). They've had it for some time now. Here is a close-up of one of the to-be-finished areas, which includes the unusual finishing on one side; the original artist just folded over the backing and hooked through 2 layers to finish it.
I couldn't help wondering what happened to the original rug hooker--why did this get set aside when it was so nearly done? I'm tempted to try to finish it myself!
BUT...Cheryl the Rug Rescuer, are you reading this? This has your name all over it! Are you interested in maybe finishing this rug? If so, let me know and I'll put you in touch with the current owners.
Someone needs to finish this; it's on their floor and it's absolutely gorgeous. I don't know how much they would charge for it.
9/3/2017 06:41:24 pm
Look like a "Cheryl rug" for sure! And interesting that there was no extra wool with that unfinished rug.
9/3/2017 09:56:45 pm
Oh Devin!!! I was thinking of you all afternoon - never did get to call! Yes, it's a beauty. My first thought when I saw it was OH I COULD FINISH IT!! Ha Ha!!
9/3/2017 11:04:54 pm
i know, huh? i thought of you instantly. i've emailed you privately about this. xo
9/7/2017 01:05:02 am
I hope the rug found its new owner. It would be such a pity to leave this beauty stuck in the twilight zone. I used to hook quite a few rugs. One, a round one, even influenced the color scheme of my first apartment. I literally took a thread of each color and went furniture shopping. No wonder Aladdin had a magic carpet (well, a lamp, too) and not a magic handkerchief.
9/7/2017 08:47:49 am
What! Seriously? What are the chances we have that in common? Not too many people hook rugs. How wonderful.
9/8/2017 02:07:11 am
Seriously! Will contact you and send you images, but only have from this particular one, including furniture. Will explain. Give me some time....
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society