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TitleMaple Crest BarnDesignbased on a painting by Peter HuntoonHooked byBarb AckemannDimensions29.25" x 22.25"Materialswool on linenCuts3, 4, 5, 6Start to Finish2021HonorsCelebration 33 (2023)Share

Maple Crest Barn

I first saw Peter Huntoon’s painting, Maple Crest Barn, used as a background for an ad for the Smith’s Maple Syrup products.  The ad was only 3×4 inches but I knew immediately “I want to hook that!”  I reached out to the artist for permission and then sized my hooking to allow the use of a #4 cut strip to outline the little window in the barn.

When it was finished and framed, I took it on a road trip – to the farm, and to the artist’s studio.  It was only then that I learned there was a video of Peter starting his painting (link) and that his finished art was only about 8×10″!

I learned to organize swatch-sized pieces of all the wools I might possibly want from my stash into bundles:  reds, dark reds, orangey reds, etc. and have these small bundles available by my hooking stand.  I only cut strips when I needed them, but had hundreds of different wools to use in this piece.

When my collection of “off-whites” didn’t fit the bill, I’d do canning-jar dyeing to create small swatches of the tints I needed.  I did a few wild spot dyes of autumn colors for the trees, but mainly hooked this from wools I already had.

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.