Maki the dog is a member of our family. I began the rug some time ago and completed it in 2012. It has been gifted it to my children. The rug measures 28 in. x 24.5 in. and is an original design, hooked on burlap with dyed wool in #3, #5 and #6 cuts. The mat is framed.
Ginger by Carolyn Ells
I began this mat in 2007 in a class taught by Trish Becker at the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild workshop in Shelburne Museum, Vermont, USA. The original design was more a caricature than a realistic scene of my cat in our garden – I kept the eye but revised all the other lines – so now I consider it my own design. I realized I disliked hooking with # 9.5 cut wool, especially with the fingering technique (even though I liked the effect of it) and I soon put the project aside.
In 2011, I set a goal to finish the rug. After a great many redesigns and once I had finished hooking the cat, I switched to a #6 cut for the background which gave more emphasis to the cat. My cat …