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TitleGrizzlyDesigned byPeg IrishPunched byPeg IrishDimensions5.5" x 4"Materialswool and cotton thread on cottonStart to Finish2018Share

Grizzly

In June of 2018, my husband Jim and I took a trip with Road Scholar to western Canada. There were many highlights, but the day we took a boat to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary on the west coast of British Columbia was spectacular. Our boat cruised up the inlet as we watched for the bears who were eating the fresh spring sedges. We were soon rewarded with many grizzlies at the water’s edge. We were asked to remain quiet as the boat drifted silently near the bears. The main sound was from the clicking of all our cameras. I decided to capture this moment with a mini punch interpretation of my favorite photo from the trip.  (See the photo in the slides below.)

In order to create my design, I printed the photo onto an inkjet printable cotton fabric sheet which became the foundation for the design. I selected a range of cotton and wool embroidery threads for punching the piece.

And, when I finished, I was very fortunate in finding a ready-made frame that was a great match. My Grizzly was featured at Riverwoods in the Spotlight Gallery recently.  That was just another reason why I am so pleased to live where the arts are greatly appreciated!

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About the artist

I grew up in California and enjoyed dabbling in a variety of crafts. I was unaware of rug hooking until I moved to Madbury, NH in 1979. My husband’s aunt visited us there and thought I needed hooked rugs in our old farmhouse. I took a one-day workshop with Joyce Crabtree and in 1980 I began taking rug hooking classes with an amazing teacher, Lois Dugal of Dover, NH.

Since I had no art training, I was thrilled to be able to produce such lovely things. The technique of rug hooking came easily for me. It was the first craft where I thought I could excel. I was attracted to the notion that it is simple to make changes – love that reverse hooking! I was also captivated by the textures and colors possible in rug hooking.

After working with a few patterns, I knew that I needed to create my own designs. Without a facility for drawing, I depend heavily on the use of my own photography, as well as on basic geometric designs.

I am fascinated by the various processes that comprise rug hooking: the kinds of tools, the array of fabrics, and methods for dyeing these fabrics. I have enjoyed experimenting with these new techniques and materials. I have also been keen on combining rug hooking with other techniques such as felting and embroidery for a mixed-media approach.

I am pleased to be a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild over the years. I have given talks, attended workshops and generally have appreciated being a part of such a talented community of rug hookers. I was delighted to be chosen as one of the featured artists for the 2014 Hooked in the Mountains exhibit.

In 2012 my husband and I moved to an apartment in a retirement complex, which required some major downsizing and a shift in how to use our space. One of the consequences was the need to limit my ability to dye materials. I have expanded my use of ready-made materials, especially yarns, which have so many different colors and textures. This is aided by the lovely yarn shop not far from my home!