The Magdalena Rug Hookers are busy designing and hooking angel rugs for an upcoming rug exhibit at the Landis House in Newport, PA. The exhibit will be hung in early August with a main theme of angels.
So far, I’ve seen angel cats, an angel with a cat, a mediaeval angel, a snow angel, a tombstone angel, and a garden angel. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the idea. An angel can be depicted in many diverse ways.
I had previously hooked a snow angel rug and now I’m working on an angel from a primitive tombstone. This one will be done with a separate trapunto face with embroidered features.
How do you get your design ideas? Like angels, there are many ways for a design idea to develop. A few years ago, I was struggling a bit with a rug design for my granddaughter when a rug hooking friend suggested I make the rug circular. That suggestion instantly created a fully formed design in my mind’s eye.
With my newest angel rug, it was a piece of wool that I received when I took a dye class with Nancy Z. Parcels at Sauder Village last August. This piece [see below] was part of a white wool garment that Nancy had deconstructed and spot-dyed with some khaki dye. To me it looks like moss and lichen-covered stone and therefore I’ll be using it for the angel’s face. Just this small piece of dyed wool created an entire design in my mind. I love when that happens!
There’s a lot of beauty out there and sometimes where you don’t expect it.