My creativity voice is at full volume in the quiet, still space of my studio with my sheltie lying at my feet and the rhythmic sound of the hook plunging through the linen and pulling the wool up through the space to the top to place color and texture on the surface where something tells me to put it.
Time eludes me. Pain in my butt, in my shoulders, in my fingers ignored til I lie awake in my bed and think, tomorrow I will stand up more often. Get a drink of water, walk around. Yes, I will remember to do that. Yeah, we’ll see, but I don’t hold my breath. Once again, I am in some kind of zone and I don’t get up because it feels so good. I don’t want to interrupt the flow. I keep going.
I haven’t always been the happy creative that I am today. The course of my life has changed from living a rather “normal” life of marriage, children and work to survive with no extended period of time to even find the creative outlet that would float my boat. In 2014, my daughter pointed out some rug hooking art that she admired and I was off. I read everything I could get my hands on about rug hooking, studied it and began to collect the hardware that I would need to execute for 3 years before I pulled my first loop. I didn’t need that much time but there were other projects-big ones-to complete before I could really devote myself to yet another.
In January of 2017, I pulled up my first tentative loop and I was hooked, as they say.
Even after all that reading and studying, I must have forgotten everything on this first rug (photo below). So much for color planning. It’s all brown! But I kept going. The best way to learn, for me, is by doing. Rug hooking brings together so many of the pieces and parts of what I have done over the years that I am able to incorporate into what I am doing today.
So all of the church posters I made advertising events, making Halloween costumes and 4-H horsemanship outfits, helping with school projects, writing real estate ad copy, designing marketing pieces for a title company and other Realtors did not go to waste. I use my computer skills, my eye for design and a tiny speck of color knowledge and drawing skills to create my rug hooking art.
Whether you are an admirer of the art or a slightly stifled voice, I urge you to explore your own creativity in whatever form it may take. If I can lend a hand along the way, reach out. I'm glad to help however I can.
Wool Riot Rug Hooking Studio
Sunbury, OH 43074
+1 614 570 1728