“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson~
Today, I’m hoping to plant a seed with the hooking artists who
read my little blog.
What would happen if you started treating your rugs like art?
Yes, I know, some rugs are meant and made to go on the floors to add
comfort to our lives, but some are meant to go on the walls to add comfort to
If you look closely at the picture below, you can see the turkey rug on the wall,
but you can also catch a glimpse of another rug on the floor, to the left of the chair.
A while back, when I was working out a solution of hanging the
odd shaped garden rugs, HERE, I had the chance to really hash
things out with Dan at Pelican Gallery (framing and archival savant)
about different ways to hang rugs. He brought up the idea of stitching
the rugs to a gallery wrapped canvas as well as SO MANY other ideas.
This is the result of that conversation.
He measured my rug and then made a custom wrapped canvas for it and we
decided that the rug would really POP, if the canvas was painted black.
He did all of the construction and painting for me and then sent me home with a
blank, black canvas.
Honestly, it stood in my rug hooking room for a month or so before
I had the guts to dive in and stitch the rug to the canvas.
I tried to take pictures of the stitching, but the stitching is hard to see because I used
fishing line to do the stitching.
The best way to describe it, is it is sort of sewn on like a hand-tied quilt.
By attaching it in this manner, there is no one part of the rug that gets
stressed from the tension of the tying.
What I like best about this technique, is that you can have just one nail or hook on the wall
to hang a rather large rug.
I hope this plants a seed with a few of you who are out
there looking for a better way to hang your artful rugs.
We work so hard and put so much time and effort into making our rugs,
I think it’s high time we start hanging them with as much care.