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TitleThe Bridge at CushendunDesigned byBarb Ackemann based on her own photographHooked byBarb AckemannDimensions23.25" x 31.25"Materialswool on linenCuts3, 4, 5, 6Start to Finish2019-2021HonorsCelebration 32 (2022), GMRHG 2022 Show Juror's AwardShare

The Bridge at Cushendun

My Kilpatrick ancestors came from County Antrim.  I got to see that part of Northern Ireland in 2004 and took the photo that inspired this hooking.  I started this in a class on hooking Water and Sky, but didn’t get very far.  When I got back to it and actually got into the water it was addictive and quick. 

This was selected for Celebration 32 (2022).

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Barb started a Rug Hooking Resource Directory.

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.