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The Art of Living
Drawing rug patterns is still a big learning curve for me. What I envision vs. what the finished drawing looks like are two completely different things. I'm learning and improving, but I have a ways to go.
My love of folk art especially Americana folk art is close to my heart. Yet, my drawings come out looking quite contemporary. Maybe that's because my soul and subconscious are modern and change with the times. I've never been the type of person who can be blamed for being set in their ways. I am the polar opposite; rather progressive and bending like the reed in the wind.
Since I am a first generation American, my roots are still in Hungary where both of my parents are from. They were refugees in 1956 fleeing a revolution. Their experience and my genetic makeup have partly made me who I am today, and the art I create. Because of how these elements affect my art, I rely on and use antique rugs as my muse. The patterns you see in my shoppe are based on actual antique rugs made by an unknown artisan from decades or centuries ago.
Rarely, do I have enough time to hook a rug for myself. At this moment in time, I am provided with the luxury of staying home, which affords me plenty of time to find a pattern and hook it.
The Americana Whale & Clipper Ship is a large pattern meant to be placed in front of a door and cover that space adequately. I hook a little bit each day, and I hope to finish this beautiful folk art rug by the end of March.
What's on your frame, or what style do you like hooking?
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The snow and I have a casual agreement; it will fall from the heavens and bring with it silence that only the stars understand. This serenity, gentle dancing of fluttering white fluff, is my perfect muse. It stirs a quiet and creative emotion within me like no other act of nature.
It is under dark grey skies that I hook my rug with a peace that can only come when there is silence among the civilized world. I am truly at home during these moments, and every care falls away untethered, so I can be one with my mortal soul.
xoxo Peace to all xoxo
This mighty horse
Flies across the moonlit meadow
Dancing amongst the fireflies
Her head bowed
Powerful legs careening
Toward an open sky
Where only the wild run free
A very beautiful example of Americana Folk Art. This Flying Horse rug was hooked between 1880 and 1890. The original rug measures 37.5 x 36.5 inches and is hooked in sublime colors. You can achieve a similar look when dyeing your wool. The pattern is now available in my shoppe for $65.00 Use coupon code "February" when checking out. Offer expires March 1, 2018.
Little Ghost cat,
Your footsteps pit-pat
In the hallway of my mind
The kiss of air, whisper-soft purr;
I hear the echos of your purr;
See your pouncing shadow everywhere....
And smile through my tears.
Hooked with 100% wool from Halcyon's Classics Rug Yarn, this rug is a tribute to simple folk art from more than a century ago. I hooked it in the primitive style to evoke charm of simpler times. See my shoppe for more details. The black cat mat measures 34 x 34 inches and is available for $625.00 USD.
At checkout, use coupon code "February" and receive 28% off your order during the entire month of February. Offer ends March 1, 2018, so place your order this month. The first two orders in February receive a FREE primitive punch-needle pattern drawn on fine high-quality Weaver's Cloth.
The relatively naive design and hooking style of this rug is a nod to a famous philosopher, writer, and now influential botanist, Henry David Thoreau. Recently, Thoreau’s works and scientific journals about wildflowers are used today to better understand climate change. Previously, he is was not respected by his critics for his botanic and naturalist contributions.
Available in our shoppe, as a pattern for you to make your own to use as a mat or a pillow. The prim blossoms are delightful to hook during the cold winter as we await the arrival of warmer weather and spring flowers.
Tea is comfort when the weather turns biting cold. It soothes and warms a soul and invites quiet respite. Whether we drink it's liquid comfort while we read an engaging novel, or as a warm accompaniment when we create beautiful rugs, tea is much like a good friend who invites us in from the cold to sit awhile and spend time together.
We sip slowly and are warmed on the inside by its delicate flavors and spices. Tea forces us to slow down and regain our thoughts about the joy captured of this moment. Sometimes, we accompany our tea with small sweets or savory sandwiches, and other times, it is just us and the tea that afford us the stillness that make up a beautiful life.
Today, the winter is biting cold, and I concern myself only with the colors of wool I have before me and my warm tea that inspires me and reminds me of the importance of rest and creating lovely things with my hands.
Photography credit: Victoria Magazine
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.