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TitleWater LilyDesigned bySuzanne FlyntHooked bySuzanne FlyntDimensions26" x 22"Materialswool and silk on linenCuts6, 7Start to Finish2022Share

Water Lily

The water lilies floating on the surface of the small ornamental pond in our backyard garden always catch my eye. After doing a watercolor of one especially beguiling waterlily, I experimented with wools and silks to work out a palette for hooking the flower.  It took a few times to get it and the reflections in the water right, but I’m an expert in pulling out my hooking and doing it over in a different hue or value. That’s just what happens when you don’t have a plan.

After creating two hooked rugs with quilted piecework wool borders, I wanted to do the same with this piece. I now wish I had experimented more with surface designs on the green border—possibly embroidery or applique. Someday I might return to this piece to add more embellishments. Or not . . .

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About the Artist

My beloved grandmother, Constance Gilbert Clark (1903-1976), hooked and braided all the rugs in her home. Finding one of her unfinished rugs and her tools after she died, I gathered them with the idea of finishing her rug.  

Fast forward 41 years to when I retired after 35 years as Curator of Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA.  I decided to attempt once again to finish Gramma’s rug. Forty-two years later, after joining the congenial Brattleboro Rug Social Hookers, I finally finished it in 2018.

I’ve been hooked ever since. Not needing to cover the floors for warmth  like my grandmother did, my current interest is exploring various materials (wool, silk, cotton, and paint) and fiber arts (combining hooking and quilting) to create hooked art to hang on the wall. 

I like hand-dyeing my wool, creating series, hooking randomly, and when possible, recycling old fabrics.