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TitleLydia’s PaisleyDesigned byBelinda Whipple WorthHooked byBelinda Whipple WorthInspirationMy granddaughter, LydiaDimensions34" x 28"Materialshand dyed wool and repurposed clothing on linenCuts6, 8Start to Finish2021Share

Lydia’s Paisley

Two summers ago, when my granddaughter Lydia was thirteen, she said to me, “Grand Mummy, you know what you should do? You should hook me a rug to put beside my bed.” I agreed. She asked for a paisley design. Together we found a color palette she liked, mostly shades of blues with a little gold and an eggplant background.

Lydia gave thumbs up as the rug progressed. “I love it! It will be perfect beside my bed.” I finished the rug, except for one paisley, which I left for her to hook. She wrinkled her nose. “Really?”  She put it off. Collapsing on the couch with her phone, “It will be boring.” And put it off.  “I’m tired. How long will it take?” “Maybe an hour or so,” I replied. She took in how long it must have taken me to hook and bind her rug (It’s about 34” X 28”). “Really! . . . Thank you!”

So, with nothing else for it, she came prepared to be bored but to do her part. I brought out my worms of blue, gray and gold. “I’m not good with colors.” She started by following around the outline with a contrasting shade of blue. Her loops were perfectly even in height. None pulled out when its new neighbor was pulled. After two rounds she said she wanted to add some detail. She chose to make three small circles with contrasting centers, using light, medium and dark. And had no trouble making the circles lie flat. The inner background of the paisley was left to do. She had already used light, medium and dark tones. I was just taking a breath in preparation for giving her a little lesson on the grayscale to help her solve the problem of choosing a background that would not make any of the circles disappear. “I’ll use gold,” she said. Being bright, it was probably the only color in our scheme that would have worked! I had used it in the scrolls but not much in the paisleys.

She steamed her paisley and took it home with her, very pleased with her work. She’s a natural Hooker!

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The Artist

I’ve been a maker and creator all my life, inspired by nature and art.  Now retired from my professional work as a psychotherapist, I’m luxuriating in the expanded time I can devote to making art. Rug hooking is a time-intensive medium. Beginning with the creating of the original image, wool fabric is dyed in a range of colors and shades, cut into narrow strips and then pulled loop by loop through a woven foundation. I love every stage of the process!