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Istanbul

Dimensions: 60" round
Materials: #3- and 4-cut wool on linen
Designed by Pearl K. McGown and hooked by Peggy Hannum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2003.
Featured in: Celebration XIV

"Istanbul is mounted on ½" fiber board and hangs spotlighted in our dining room.  It is my all-time favorite, an all-color palette on a dramatic black background, masterfully color planned by Nancy Blood. It has won many awards, among them Best in Show at the juried Pennsylvania Craftmen’s Gallery Show and 2nd place Readers’ Choice in Celebration. This was a joy to hook as no motif is repeated. However, the birds’ feathers lacked definition and became a blob. Either or both of my teachers, Meredith LeBeau or Nancy Blood, had taught us to take one thread from a very dark shade and buttonhole on the edge of each feather. The thread can be pulled up in loops and clipped off. The illusion of edge subtly does the trick!"
- Peggy Hannum, Celebration Hall of Fame 2018

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