I DID IT! Even with all that’s going on, I managed to finish my latest rug. This one is larger than the last, at 30 X 40 inches, but the big difference is the wool. This was fashioned from cut wool strips instead of wool yarn. Much of the colors were dyed on new, or over-dyed on recycled, wool. My Amy Oxford Punch Needles remained comfortable and easy to work with. My muse was the many 4th of July picnics at my parents’ cottage on the Chesapeake Bay. How sad that I didn’t learn to love those blue crabs until I got older. But the rest of that food; the corn-on-the-cob, beer, and that famous cake my mom made, with blueberries and strawberries pressed into fluffy white frosting for the American flag design – oh I can taste it still!
I am thoroughly addicted to this art form and love the idea that my rug will live on long after I’m gone. Handmade, folk art, Americana rugs are highly collectible and exceedingly durable. Though this creamy color looks good to me now, I know that time and use will darken the image, giving it a patina that only a good, strong, well-worn wool rug will acquire.
My next project is sketched out and ready for transfer. I’ll give you a hint. It’s entitled
“A Murder of Crows.” It may take me a little longer since we’re in the packing stage of our move. I’ll post something at the half-way mark. If anyone is interested in trying this craft, I’d love hear from you.