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TitlePicnic at the Lily PondDesigned byGrace ColletteHooked byGrace ColletteDimensions22" x 28"Materialswool on linen, sequins, beadsHonorsCelebration 33 (2023)Share

Picnic at the Lily Pond

After working all day, my dad would enjoy the exercise of rowing the whole family down the river to a state park in Maine for a picnic. There was a beautiful little pond covered with water lilies there, and it is one of my favorite childhood memories. As with most kids, I had no idea what an extraordinary feat this was, and only now can I show how I appreciate him through this design.

This piece uses #3- to 8-cut wool, 4,864 beads, trapunto, crochet, velvet, proddy, novelty yarns, and Waldoboro on linen.

I have appliquéd and used trapunto on the canvas artwork fish of AbrisArt from the Ukraine, after sewing on 4,864 glass precious seed beads. For an edge finish, I helmed it with  Palestrina stitch, hand-dyed Valdani embroidery floss, after embroidering a Hardanger border, backed with a metallic ribbon.

The peaceful feeling is achieved through the color harmony, and the graceful lines of the design.

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Grace teaches rug hooking.

About the artist

I was fortunate to be able to take my first rug hooking lessons in 1971 from Ruth Hall , who was born in the 1800’s.  With her inspiring start, I have seen and appreciated the beauty of this earth which I have tried to capture in my fiber arts.

As a juried artist in the League of NH Craftsmen, I have taught workshops and given presentations in many states, as well as on the board of The White Mountain Woolen Magic Guild of NH, and the President of the Seacoast Ruggers of Maine for many years.

My work has been on the covers of Rug Hooking Magazine, and the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists Magazine, and I have many published articles in both.

Among my many honors and awards, I have received Viewers Choice and Featured Artist at the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild “Hooked in the Mountains “ shows; Best of Show and Featured Artist at Deerfield Fairs , the Fiber Arts Museum of Maine, Sauder Village , and many rug shows.  Most happily, I have been in the Celebrations Rug Hooking Hall of Fame for the most awards received over the past 30 years for technique, color planning, and interpretation of design for my own original rug designs.