Adena Clark hooked this piece for her daughter Monica who lives out west in Alberta. I really like the fact that she branched out from the typical nautical blues of Susan’s rendition to use a more colourful palette.
Traditional hit and miss is always a show stopper for me. I love the use of multiple colours, little hits of this and that as if spray painted with a well shaken can. Like a chameleon, I believe hit and miss rugs connect nicely with any room’s décor. For added interest she switched up the direction of the hit and miss squares, keeping a pattern of horizontal and then vertical. A whale tail, a mermaid on a rock, various sea birds, a ships’ wheel, lighthouse, compass rose and starfish combine for an interesting array of nautical images that would make anyone long for the Maritimes. Every time you look at this piece you discover something new.
She personalized the rug by taking out the sand dollar that was in the top right hand corner and substituted it with a field of lupines, her daughter’s favorite. This rug was actually picked out by her daughter as a vestige of home.
Adena used #6 cut with some yarn, old shirts, jackets and new wools. I'll bet she got to use up a lot of odds and ends. She relayed really enjoying making this rug for her youngest daughter. She only started this piece the middle of February so it hooked up quickly. I only just sent her a Black Tie Bundle last week and she said it was perfect for the seagull square.
This rug was initially designed by Susan for the Firehouse Hookers as a fundraiser. Her group all contributed to the hooking. This was a yearly activity to give back and support the fire hall where they hooked every Sunday afternoon. On a couple of occasions Mary and I drove to Black Point to hook with the group. Susan was also in charge of the Annual Rug & Quilt show held at the fire hall that I attened with my shop to sell rug hooking supplies. It was always a fun filled day surrounded by so many talented fiber artists.
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