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TitleDuncanDesigned byPearl McGownHooked byBarb AckemannMaterialswool on monks clothCuts6, 7Start to Finish2020Share


My favorite thing about this rug is the colors:  red and purple, which made me think of the poem “When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple.”  And, it reminds me of the rugs I grew up with that  my grandmother had hooked.  They were straight-on squares of browns and grays – the colors she had from an uncle who worked for a men’s suit company.

I neither dyed nor purchased wool, but gathered reds and purples from my stash, worms and pieces.  Partway through hooking, I realized I could run our of certain colors and I had the idea to “deal” the remaining worms into the number of piles as I had remaining squares to hook.  I was sure this way to distribute the colors throughout the rug and maintain continuity.

Places that look like beading were, in fact, just pulling loops of a plaid.

More rugs by this artist

Barb started a Rug Hooking Resource 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.