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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2009 07:36:54 AM »

Stunning.  I am in awe.  I think I loved each and every one.  How lucky you are to know such a talented lady and also to have such a beautiful work of art in your home!

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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2009 07:38:24 AM »

Oh mi gosh!!! Wow...Simply stunning!

If had to pick faves...which is hard because they are all sooo fantastic, it would have to be the green leaf one, and most definitely the Jacobean one !

My great grandma used to rug hook. Though a lot of woman did back then, out of necessity more then an artistic bend. I haven't given it a go myself, it turns out that I am allergic to burlap!

I know for a fact there are a LOT of rug hookers in this province,(Newfoundland) and the local textile college have a semester dealing with it.

Joy's work is amazing!
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2009 07:42:40 AM »

Wow! Those are stunning and to think she worked for a year on them. I have trouble concentrating on one project for a week!

I think its so important to keep these skills out there its nice to see them being displayed so they can be apreciated.
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2009 07:54:06 AM »

Truly amazing!  Thank you so much for sharing all of this beauty with us. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2009 08:03:26 AM »

These are amazing!  I love the aztec one.

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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2009 08:04:49 AM »

 I could never let such beauty be walked on. but would love to know how durable they are. how have they been stored. are there any missing from her collection? which is her favorite.   wow I am just stunned.  they look like the painted ones that are sold in stores  but I bet they feel so much different.

Well, as for their durability, she had them right on the floor for many years throughout the inn that she ran, so some of them got pretty heavy foot traffic.  Otherwise even after she retired, she had them all through her house.  Although her homes have always been the type that you would never, ever wear your muddy boots into, it also wasn't the type of place that you had to remove your shoes at the door.  She had two kids that grew up tromping all over these rugs.  She just vacuumed them as you normally would.  I know that there is probably some very particular information regarding preservation techniques, which we may get around to following eventually. Wink  For instance I wouldn't let the grandkids eat around these rugs and I also only have them in areas where no pets are allowed.  I think under "normal" use, as opposed to wear and tear that is exceptionally hard on things (mud, dogs, etc.) they stand up quite well.  

But I do think that now that some of these rugs are getting on in years, they might be getting ready to retire - as Joy approaches her 96th birthday, (still full of vim and vigor! Smiley) I think we are coming to the realization that nothing really lasts forever.  Most of the larger ones are only just now going into temporary storage (rolled with the top of the rug inside, and wrapped in old sheets with cedar chips sprinkled in) - until we determine where they will live out their golden years... Smiley

Compared to ones you see in stores, these are very thick and substantial.  

Also did I say that she cut all of her wool fabric strips herself, with a really cool hand-cranked rotary strip cutter.  I have that tool in my possesion now and look forward to using it some time!

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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2009 08:09:35 AM »

these are marvelous !! The one with all the squares is amazing, especially for the 50's  Smiley

really truely awesome and outstanding!!!!


« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2009 08:17:53 AM »

Wow.. these are amazing!.. I cannot imagine having the patience to make these.. how tedious that would be!.. When I saw the picture with the people standing on the rugs.. I wanted to reach through the computer and kindly scootch them off the rugs!!..
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2009 08:23:21 AM »

Those rugs are amazing!  The time it took to make one...Your in-law has more patients than most!!

I am sure the technique she used was called 'locker hooking'.  My mom tried it and has a few friends who do it.  It's definitely NOT the same as rug hooking!

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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2009 08:23:55 AM »

Oh my! They are all gorgeous! It boggles my mind that they are handmade, they look so professional. I think the first one is my favorite too! I'm not sure I could actually use them as rugs! I would yell at anyone that stepped on them lol. What talent!!

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