Everyday life on our family farm inspires most of my work. When I pause to admire a bright moon rising behind a tall pine or a yucca plant in full white bloom standing by the dusty drive these images stay with me. I find them waiting for expression when I sit down to work at a new rug.
The materials and processes involved in the primitive rug hooking I do are not complicated. Rug hooking is an old craft that is firmly based in thrift and in social life. I usually hook in workshop at the farm or in our studio out at River District Arts in Rappahannock. I use an antique oval frame, a steel rug hook that was made by my neighbor, a linen burlap foundation and wool fabric which I cut into strips to work my designs. When a rug is finished and removed from the frame I hook a border around it using a smaller lap frame, I trim and hem the burlap, press the rug and embroider a tag to attach to the back.
In the years ahead I look forward to seeing our farm develop as a destination for those who are interested rugs and in learning the art and craft of rug hooking.