Friday, February 26, 2010

Family matters... rugs for families

Karen E, one of the Quoddy Loopers, was asked by her daughter Leigh to make her a rug in the style of a stained glass window in their home - diamond panes, in bright colours. She certainly succeeded! This is a happy rug, with an almost hit-or-miss placement of colours (you may notice that the opposing triangles do match each other, for the most part, framing the mat nicely). It's almost hypnotic, gazing at the colours and watching different groups of diamonds forming themselves into patterns within the whole. So this is a 'scrappy' rug that is beautifully harmonious; about 3ft by 2ft. Karen hand cuts almost exclusively, the old-fashioned way, and whipped the edges with black woollen yarn.

I was asked by our elder son to hook a mat with a pig theme, for a  friend who is unwell and collects things piggy. With the assurance that the recipient has a good sense of humour, this rug came to be. Pigs can too fly! ...with a little help from their friends.

The mat is mostly #6 cut, with odd details in #5. Some of the 'fields' are hand torn and cut wools, about 1/2 to 5/8" wide.