Flipping through this year’s Celebration Of Hand Hooked Rugs, I was flabbergasted at the number of Canadian rugs! My goodness, I had underestimated you Canadian hookers! Yet it was one of the coldest winters in human history, so I suppose it is no wonder that every wool loving crafter was hunkered down by the fire with their hooking frame, making a masterpiece.
Honestly though, hats off to you guys! You’ve impressed me. One third of Celebrations’ rugs features one of you folks from the north! One of my favorite rugs is among your ranks. I just love The Gathering by Rachelle LeBlanc of Alberta. For those of you who live nearby, this piece is on display at the Alberta Craft Council.
It is a 3 dimensional work, and it has a magical quality that captures a feeling of how nature looks through the eyes of a child. At least that is what I does for me.
This year’s issue is filled with exciting rugs of all different artistic visions. Interestingly, there were very few primitive rugs this year. Why is that? It could be that there is a growing trend toward more realism and art rugs. There were many creative examples of this genre.
Another thought is that many of us doing primitive rug hooking may feel like our work is too simple to be worthy of any contest. A perennial issue for sure. I don’t know. What do you think?
My thanks to this year’s judges who took so much care in choosing these from the hundreds of rugs that were submitted. I think it was a labor of love. Congratulations to you all for sharing your work with us. I want to express a special thanks to those who took the courage to enter their work, yet did not get the big honor of being chosen.
I say kudos to you! I know how it is to not get chosen as I have entered many different kinds of contests through the years. But just entering is a great thing. And taking a chance is so gutsy!
Keep creating stuff ~ Karen
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