Linda rarely works from a pattern. She starts with a large backing, finds the middle, throws down a bit of colour and creates a design as she goes. For us anal, in the box types, we can hardly grasp the concept, so we bow and hold her in the highest regard. In the upcoming months I'll feature some of the jaw dropping rugs she's created, so you to can marvel at her keen eye for design and colour execution. Oh, and I should mention she's fast. Dedicated to the craft, she hooks a few hours each day and knocks off her pieces in record breaking time. She says she loves hooking from side to side in straight rows as our ancestors did, so she usually gravitates toward geometric style designs.
In the meantime 'Beck' is her current project, which I believe has sold before it's even off her frame. There will be another border, emulating barn boards with a rope motif that meets in a knot at the bottom and loops at the corners. I'll post a picture of the completed rug.
Generally, Linda Ruth creates as she goes, where she stops no one knows! Her secret? Start with a big piece of backing so you don't limit yourself and when I say big, I mean room size big. We love to joke about her Christmas Coaster rug from a few years back. She planned to make a few coasters as gifts, you know, little mats to put your drinks on. Well, she hooked a few and then decided to connect them and the next thing, she's at the hook-in doing a show and tell of a big ole hall runner! She's definitely full of surprises, leaving us wondering what she'll do next!
'Beck' seems a perfect name for this maritime seagull. He came to life through various recycled plaids, textures and light wools. Linda Ruth is an avid dyer and works in a cosy, well appointed studio in her century old home. She uses pretty much all recycled wool and her stash seems unlimited, preparing her for any undertaking.
Linda Ruth's home is filled with all her incredible rugs so she is now exploring commissions and setting up a section of her spacious antique shop to display and sell her handwork. She has been selling antique rugs for decades and now her incredible pieces will join their distant cousins, catching the eye of that lucky buyer that will appreciate her interpretation of this traditional artform.