There were shows within shows at Rug Hooking Week. Ellen Banker curated one dealing with words and I’d like to share some of those with you, as well as some of the many rugs in the show that included words.
This is one of my favorite Ellen rugs, called Lost Cow. Can’t you just see that hanging in a bookstore or coffee shop?
Another Ellen favorite – A Rug Hooker’s Sampler. What a fun idea to make each letter a separate design. I also really like the asymmetry of it.
This rug, which Ellen brought to class, was particularly intriguing to me. You can see Baltimore hooked quietly into the background, but do you also see that Baltimore refers to the designs? The rug is made up of bits of Baltimore Album quilt patterns. I just love this idea and may have to steal it one day.
I am always a sucker for a sheep! Marian Hall designed and hooked this wonderful sheep rug, entitled Herdwick Tup. She also dyed to wools for it, and was our official wool supplier in class.
Ellen and Marian designed this magnificent rug together, Speaking Shakespeare. That is a lot of small script in narrow wools to hook, and it is done beautifully.
You may remember that I took a class some years ago with Donna Hrkman. She designs and hooks the most amazing rugs! They are often monochromatic and usually include words. I happened to run into her at the show and she said that she had finished this incredible rugs just days before she needed to deliver it.
Donna had so much to say about this rug, which is called Best Friends, that here are her words: (And isn’t the Dayton Public Library lucky?)
This concludes my reports from Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week! I hope you enjoyed seeing it through my eyes.