Susan Grant: Class of 2018

Name: Susan Grant

Location: Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

Tell us a bit about yourself. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I have dabbled in different arts/crafts such as quilting, embroidery, sewing, and watercolours but found a real passion in rug hooking. I belong to a walking group and a book group and also have two little dogs Herbie and Louie which keep me busy.

How did you get introduced to rug hooking?
I was introduced to it by a fellow teacher and friend Cathy Oomen and thought I would like to try it when I retired.

What was your first project?
Other than my beginning trivet, my first rug was a small mat designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick.

Is there one rug that stands out as being particularly memorable?
I think I learned the most about shading and unifying a rug with colour when I hooked the rug Buckingham. I just loved hooking all those flowers and leaves.

Is there a particular style of rugs that you're most interested in hooking?
I find I am very drawn to geometric designs although I would like to try more pictorials in the future.

What's your favorite part about hooking a rug?
My favourite part about rug hooking is that it is so totally absorbing.

What's a piece of advice you'd give to a new rug hooker?
Try new ideas and techniques and find a group of encouraging people to hook with.

What do you love most about Celebration?
I love to see the variety of beautiful rugs and the various ideas you can pick up from reading the articles and viewing the rugs.

Shah Abbas, Celebration XXI

Shah Abbas, Celebration XXI

"Shah Abbas was the first rug for which I dyed all the wool myself: dip dyes, spot dyes, swatches and abrashing. I had come across formulae by a Nova Scotia teacher of rug hooking named Barbie Baker-Dykens who..." Read more.

Buckingham, Celebration XXIV

Buckingham, Celebration XXIV

"I became immersed in hooking Buckingham during the winter of 2013 while waiting for a hip replacement operation. Dyeing the wool and hooking the flowers was totally absorbing. The rug had been started..." Read more.

Japanese Mosaic, Celebration 26

Japanese Mosaic, Celebration 26

"Japanese Mosaic combined the two types of hooking I seem to always come back to: flowers and geometrics. It came about after finding Kitty Pippen’s quilt of the same name in a quilting magazine called..." Read more.

Cheltenham, Celebration 27

Cheltenham, Celebration 27

"Cheltenham was hooked for my sister Shirley, and it is the largest rug I have done. The geometric nature of the design appealed to me, and it complemented the many pieces of quilting my sister has in her..." Read more.

Outside the Box, Celebration 28

Outside the Box, Celebration 28

"Here I am hooking another quilt adaptation. While in a quilting store with whom else but my sister Shirley, this pattern jumped out at me and said it would make..." Read more.

Mirrored Pinwheel, Celebration 29

Mirrored Pinwheel, Celebration 29

"My daughter Ann and I decided I would hook a rug for her living room. She specified she would like a geometric design, and after looking at a few ideas she and her husband liked this design that was an illustration of mirrored pinwheel symmetry in..." Read more.


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