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TitleDuncanDesigned byPearl McGownHooked byKathleen HarwoodMaterialswool on linenCut8Start to Finish2020Share

Duncan Two

I began Duncan Two in March 2020 and knew it would be a COVID memorial rug.  My challenge was to make it somber but not sad;  I often cried during those months, but hooking, as always, was wonderful therapy. 

I had lots of green and red wools (the great classic combination) and threw in the bright purple outlines at the last minute — just because.  The dark circles honor deaths of the 100,000 (500,000 when I finished the rug — one million by the time the article appeared in RHM).

The gold and pale-yellow suns and moons represent hope for the future.  My favorite part:  what I love about every Duncan, the wonderful movement in the dynamic composition.

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About the Artist

Kathleen Harwood has enjoyed a long career in the arts.  She has been hooking since 2002 and has had a number of rugs in Celebrations. In 2023, she co-taught (with Devin Ryder) a workshop on the Duncan geometric rug at Sauder Village—a great experience.  She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and lovely dog Fenway.