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TitleCats Paws at the Cabin (My Summer Project)Designed byRuth EllsworthHooked byRuth EllsworthDimensions38" x 30.5"MaterialsKnitted Cotton Tee shirt on LinenT-shirt stripscut ~3/4" wideShare

My Summer Project

The materials used for this rug were strips of tee shirts rolled to enable hooking. Many of the outport Newfoundland rugs and mats were and still are hooked using this fabric. Wool is very expensive and it can be hard for people to afford it and so they use what was cheaply and locally available. I designed this rug to take with me to my summer home and didn’t want to travel with my whole stash of wool. If another color was needed another shirt would be available and I wasn’t shy about asking friends if they had shirts to donate.

About the Artist:

I have been hooking for about five years. The first hooked items that inspired me where the primitive hooked mats that were offered for sale in Newfoundland craft shops. The greatest inspiration was a person in Birchy Cove, NL whose charming pieces were images of Newfoundland outports . She encouraged me to “just try it” and was right. I was hooked. Since that time I have been encouraged, taught and inspired by my local rug hooking group in the Mad River Valley