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TitleDuncanDesigned byPearl McGownHooked bySuzanne FlyntDimensions37" x 25"Materialswool on linenCuts6, 7Start to Finish2020Share

Duncan

This colorful rug was hooked as a wedding gift for my daughter, Clark, and her husband, Will, who wed in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2020. I pushed the envelope in my choice of colors for this rug and hooked it in a bright palette with shades of orange, blue, and green for the blocks and the circles. 

While I typically design my own patterns, I participated in the Duncan challenge in order to participate with others in Brattleboro Rug Social and Quabbin Chapter of ATHA. The rug was reproduced in Kathleen Harwood and Devin Ryder’s “Two Hookers and a Guy Named Duncan,” Rug Hooking Magazine, Sept/Oct 2022,and exhibited in “Duncan – An Exploration” at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio, 2023.

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About the Artist

My beloved grandmother, Constance Gilbert Clark (1903-1976), hooked and braided all the rugs in her home. Finding one of her unfinished rugs and her tools after she died, I gathered them with the idea of finishing her rug.  

Fast forward 41 years to when I retired after 35 years as Curator of Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA.  I decided to attempt once again to finish Gramma’s rug. Forty-two years later, after joining the congenial Brattleboro Rug Social Hookers, I finally finished it in 2018.

I’ve been hooked ever since. Not needing to cover the floors for warmth  like my grandmother did, my current interest is exploring various materials (wool, silk, cotton, and paint) and fiber arts (combining hooking and quilting) to create hooked art to hang on the wall. 

I like hand-dyeing my wool, creating series, hooking randomly, and when possible, recycling old fabrics.