Alas, I seem to have sold or given away some pieces without keeping pictures, but here is a partial gallery. This is a work in progress, so please check back.
2016 RUG, "LINES, TRIANGLES, DOTS" DESIGN, TRADITIONAL PUNCHING AND HOOKING BY ME; YARNS DYED BY ME. PUNCHED WITH AN OXFORD #9 NEEDLE AND THE OXFORD MINI; SOME TRADITIONAL HOOKING WITH #7 WOOL STRIPS. (2' X 3') I USED THIS FOR MY CERTIFICATION RUG WHEN I BECAME CERTIFIED AS AN OXFORD RUG HOOKING SCHOOL TEACHER. © TO ME, 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
2016. "Moon Runner," also called "Moon and Clouds." This is an old McAdoo Rugs Pattern (these patterns are now sold by the Oxford Rug Company in Cornwall, Vermont). Color planned, dyed, and hand punched by me. Each skein had to be individually dyed for this rug, which is 36" x 72"). There are approximately 40 four-oz skeins in the rug, and I punched it using an Oxford needle.
2014. Tarot Card XXI, The World. Created for a traveling exhibition of tarot card rugs which will tour nationally and internationally for a few years, called "23 Artists Hook the Major Arcana." This rug is traditionally punch-hooked using an Oxford Punch Needle and rug yarn hand-dyed by me. I embroidered the Universal Waite Tiny Tarot cards (after laminating them first, and punching holes through which I could stitch). The cards are placed where they traditionally go on the Tree of Life. "Universal Waite Tiny Tarot Cards," ©1977 U.S. Games, Inc., used by permission. PHOTO CREDIT: Anne-Marie Littenberg, 2015.
2014. A Scrappy Rug, made for my bathroom using leftover hand-dyed yarns from previous rugs. I used a #10 Oxford Punchneedle on this. It's been washed in the washer numerous times and looks the same as the day I finished it. For some reason it took me at least three years to get this rug done (outrageous given that it was punch hooked, which is speedy).
2013. Red Horse Rug. This was an Underhill Farm pattern (no longer in business, I think) I had around for years. When my best friend gave me a fabulous wooden carved and beaded horse from the Southwest, I realized the pattern and the carved horse (which is not red) were the same shape, so I hooked this rug for her. She currently has both the carving and the rug. But we'll pass the carving back and forth. I traditionally hooked this in both an 8 and a 6 cut, color planned it and dyed the wool also (the yellowish wool is as-is).
2009. This rug was a collaboration with members of my rug hooking group. I designed it to comfort a member who had experienced a horrific family tragedy. Each member of the group traced and hooked her own hand (my hand is in the upper center panel) as a way of adding her love to the rug. Emmy Robertson (one of our members) hooked the lettering. I hooked the corners and all the background in the interior and around each hand.
2005. Turkish Tradition, a pattern by Jane McGown Flynn. I did the dyeing for this rug and hooked it in a #5 cut. The late and truly wonderful Betty Laine of Canada coached me through making this rug--the pattern was not straight on the grain and she kept me sane while I figured out how to deal with that. Thank you Betty and I hope you are working on your next rug in hooker's heaven.
Circa 2004-2005. This rug uses a lyric (used by permission) from the Garnet Rogers song "Summer Lightning." The line inspired the rest of the rug, designed and traditionally hooked by me in a 6 and 8 cut; I also dyed the wool. After the rug was finished, I sent it to Canada in the care of a very reliable Canadian friend, who delivered it to the Rogers' farm. I never heard a word back from them, and only hope it arrived.
2004 "SEVEN STARS" RUG, Designed, color planned and dyed by me. I hooked this in a 6-cut. The design was based on a dream that I had. You can see a small punchneedle embroidery "prototype" in a frame lying on this rug. I often try a quick punchneedle embroidery (PNE) in miniature first, to test out colors and to see how to handle the motifs, before I hook a rug. A closer view of the PNE is below.
2001. Jessie's Arbor, a Philena Moxley Pattern from the 1800's, given new life by her great-granddaughter, Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs. I did the color-planning, dyeing, and traditional hooking on this rug using a 6-cut. I totally fell in love with this pattern and its rich history, and never tire of this rug. Check out Philena's fascinating story at http://greenmountainhookedrugs.com/pages/philena-moxley
Two undated pieces (perhaps mid-1990s), both pillows, and both McGown patterns. Both are done in a 3-cut, during an early phase when I thought I was attempting to learn traditional hooking (including small cuts and shading).
Undated. This is my very first hooked rug. Probably finished in the early 1990's. Although I wove rugs in 1969 and 1970 on a 45" jack loom, and even partially hooked a rug in 1971, this little monster is my very first completed traditionally hooked rug, adapted from a pattern sold at the old Braid-Aid store in Southeastern Massachusetts (long gone now). I have no idea who the designer was, nor do I remember the title of the pattern, but I modified it by adding the quote. I made this in a #6 cut, using only off-the-bolt wools. The quote reads: "IT IS PLEASANT TO HAVE BEEN TO A PLACE THE WAY A RIVER WENT." (Thoreau) I refer to this as my "Hideous Fish" rug. It is not a favorite.