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TitleCat's Paw FloralDesigned byGina PaschalHooked byBarb AckemannDimensions50" x 31"Materialswool on linenCuts5, 6, 7Start to Finish2022Your TeacherGene ShepherdShare

Cats Paw Floral

I got on the waiting list for a one-day workshop with Gene Shepherd, and then had short notice that an opening had come up. I didn’t have time to design my own geometric but I found this one at Honey Bee Hive. It seemed a great choice in that it had all the geometric elements he would be teaching:  circles, right angles, and pointed triangles.

In a phone conference before the workshop Gene encouraged me to figure out the background for the Cats’ Paws section before I started anything else.  I decided on the dark blue-black background and that allowed me to hook the circles as long as I didn’t end with a dark color.

I had already accumulated a pretty good stash of turquoise, teals and purples, but needed the swatches for the flowers which I got from Sandy Ducharme in Cabot, VT.   I did have to dye more of the light turquoises – and of course overdid it and still have a pretty good stash!  

Beth McDermet inspired me to use a changing beading in the border –  reflecting the colors in the nearby parts of the design.   It’s a tiny subtle touch that I enjoy whenever I look at this rug.

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Barb started a Rug Hooking Resources Directory.

About the artist:

I began hooking in 2014 after a trip to Nova Scotia.  Inspired by the rugs I saw in the house where we stayed, as well as at a small local show on an island, and finally at Encompassing Designs, I came home with a piece of linen and a hook.

My first chair pad used leftovers of wool and wool blends from my sewing scrap box, including the three inches I cut off my wool skirt in 1969 when the dress code allowed us to have our skirts above the knee!  I also used some wool yarn in that first piece, because it’s what I had.

I continue to enjoy scouting out thrift stores looking for wool to repurpose.

I joined the Green Mountain Guild in 2015 and showed early pieces in our show in 2016.  I brought my web and computer skills to the Board the following year and have been the Communications Chair and web-person for the last six years.  I hook with the Brattleboro Rug Social group and attend at least one rug school or class every year.  I’m also a member of ATHA and TIGHR.