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Church Supper

Updated June 19, 2019

Dimensions: 29" x 42"
Materials: #4- and #6-cut wool on burlap
Designed and hooked by Jeanne Benjamin, Brookfield, Massachusetts, 1993.
Featured in: Celebration V

Church Supper is the third in a series of folk-art rugs depicting New England scenes. Jeanne explains that each rug features "a snapshot of a time gone by, with strong borders relating to the theme of the rug." She created the series to honor "our female ancestors and their creativity."

Jeanne color planned the rug with summer shades in mind. She had already completed spring and fall rugs, and wanted to do another season. She spot dyed some of her wool and used swatches for the sky. Jeanne wanted to create a Van Gogh style, so she cut her swatches from top to bottom (dark value to light value) instead of in the traditional horizontal direction, then combined many shades of blue, beige, and white and hooked in loose S's to form swirls.
- Jeanne Benjamin, Celebration Hall of Fame 2018
(Note: This rug description was taken as an excerpt from the published Celebration entry.)

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