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Hook Your Own House

Family memories, family heirlooms

By: Sharon A. Smith
Hook Your Own House

My Cotton Farm, 30" x 24", #8-cut wool on linen. Designed by Sharon A. Smith and hooked by Carolyn Rapstine, Ferdericksburg, Texas, 2013.

Hand making a rug often carries deep meaning for a rug hooker, and that meaning is often especially personal when the subject is a house. Your home is often close to your heart—the soul of your family. It represents your interior life and can reveal a lot about you. It is the inside of you on the outside, because your spirit, your view of the world, and your self are consciously or unconsciously represented by your home.

A house may be the first image a child draws—that’s how much security it represents. And later in life, it epitomizes and rekindles family memories.

This heartwarming place—whether from your childhood or your present day home—offers a perfect opportunity to create an heirloom by hooking it into a rug.

This article is from the January/February 2016 issue. For more information on our issue, check out our issue page.

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