I was thrilled to receive an email from Rosemary's daughter, Amanda and was so pleased she was able to write a small blurb about the making of the rug. I asked for her mother's address to send the coupon I give out for the person who first hooks and provides a picture for me to use, here in a blog on the website and attach to the pattern. And then to my surprise, on Saturday they both walked through the door so I could place the coupon right into her hand! The pattern she wished to purchase wasn't on the rack so they slipped out for a coffee while I made it up. As I was drawing it on the backing I thought of her sad story that reminded me of the time when my own mother died and I cross stitched my own healing over a three month period. I think I shed a tear for every cross. Crafts keep your hands busy while your heart and mind deal with the loss of a loved one.
Rosemary was visiting with her daughter for the Easter holiday. I was so happy to be able to personally express my joy for the beautiful way she brought the design to life. I drew up the pattern and just gave it to her, in memory of both of our losses. I was so touched to know that my little pattern helped to lighten the weight of Rosemary's grief. Some people and their stories just grab you by the heart.....
This email was sent by Rosemary Malone's daughter Amanda along with the digital photo of the finished rug.
This pattern was purchased by me for my mother as a gift while my sister was battling cancer. Unfortunately, my sister did not survive, but the rug was finished by my mom as she healed during the difficult time after she passed away. My mom felt it was very soothing to be able to pick up her project and hook to have a little escape time on her own.
She used 4 and 6 cut wool strips, 80% of the hooking is recycled wool which was purchased from second hand stores and a small portion was dyed by fellow hookers in her Coburg, Ontario hooking group. Some roving and fleece was used as well. The rug took approximately 30 hours to complete.
She enjoyed trying to give each sheep its own distinct personality with every strip of wool she used. Since she lives in an area surrounded by many sheep farms, she naturally fell in love with this particular design. She used colours to match her bedroom and it now hangs in a prominent where she can see it everyday.
She said it was enjoyable to hook a rug that was so dear to her heart......