This is one of Susan Leslie's most popular patterns and one can easily see why. The whimsy and folk art feel to this piece is just what the doctor ordered. If you can't look at this rug and smile, you need a prescription!
So many times I hear rug hookers tell me that this was the most fun piece they've ever worked on, sometimes landing itself as a favorite in their portfolio. This rug also inspires a palette of happy colours to match the jovial name. Pam delighted us with a show and tell at last night's hook-in and got plenty of oohs and aahs from the crowd.
I rediscovered the pattern at our "Art Under Foot" gallery show that our group, The Main Street Hookers, hosted last March. I loved Sue Cunningham's version of it and just had to have the pattern.
I hooked minimally last year due to renovating and my daughter, Heather's wedding but got it back out and put a push on in January to finish it.
The rug is mostly a #6 cut with new and recycled wools.
The fishermen's jackets are hooked in Travis Gold (or variation of it) dyed by myself.
The sky is a combination of purchased abrashed wool from Encompassing Design called Overcast Blue Sky, and wool bits left over from other projects.
The water is a mixture of recycled and left over wools from other projects as well.
"It's a happy rug that makes you smile."