Tracy Holmes: Class of 2018

Name: Tracy Holmes

Location: Nine Mile Creek, Prince Edward’s Island, Canada

Tell us a bit about yourself. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
My hobbies include rug hooking, painting in acrylics, knitting, and boating.

How did you get introduced to rug hooking?
I worked as a LPN at a nursing home, where the local rug hookers met, and loved the rugs.

What was your first project?
A hit-and-miss border with a rooster in the center. It was in 2001.

Is there one rug that stands out as being particularly memorable?
I hooked a rug of my three children: Alexander, Bradley, and Jenna. It was probably one of the first realism rugs I hooked. It really started my hunger for creating.

Is there a particular style of rugs that you're most interested in hooking?
Love the detail of realism. But in all honesty I love every type of rug.

What's your favorite part about hooking a rug?
From the start of creating a design, dyeing the wool, and hooking it, then seeing the outcome. I have to say the people that you meet with one common interest is amazing.

What's a piece of advice you'd give to a new rug hooker?
I kept my hooking out and hooked 15 minutes a day. It usually turned into more.

What do you love most about Celebration?
The creativity of all the people that I would never get to see otherwise.

Second Time Around, Celebration XVI

Second Time Around, Celebration XVI

"It is designed from three different photos. I dyed all the wool. My first real attempt at PEI cliffs and trees. I painted the wool for..." Read more.

Blythe Shoals, Celebration XVII

Blythe Shoals, Celebration XVII

"I dyed all the wool. The reddish color of the flowers and fabric tablecloth were by biggest challenge. I ran out of the wool and had to re dye more. I keep very good notes on each rug including the dye formulas, dates..." Read more.

Launch Day, Celebration XVIII

Launch Day, Celebration XVIII

"The boat Second Time Around is a 1966 Chris Craft. Each year we restored and picked a launch day. I designed this rug from 8 different pictures that I took. The challenge was to get the right perspective and..." Read more.

Morris Forest, Celebration XIX

Morris Forest, Celebration XIX

"Morris Forest is a Pearl McGown design. What caught my eye about this William Morris design was how friendly and cute the animals look. I hand dyed all the wool using Magic Capet Dyes. This rug is hooked with..." Read more.

Hitch, Celebration XX

Hitch, Celebration XX

"Our family adores Schnauzer puppies, so it only seemed fit to have a rug. I remember the morning I was taking his photo. The lighting was perfect. He was salt and pepper in color. I used many different wools to achieve..." Read more.


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