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A Love of Wool

An artist interprets Americana primitives and antiques.

By: Chris Coslet
Photography by Jeannine Happe

Brooklyn Bridge, 48" x 30", #4- to #8-cut off-the-bolt and hand-dyed wool on linen. Designed and hooked by Jeannine Happe, Blairstown, New Jersey, 2010. Adaptation of a very early oil painting.

Walk into her living room and you immediately get the feel for the style that inspires artist Jeannine Happe of Two Old Crows. Her love of antiques and primitives transports you to an era gone long ago. From Jeannine’s artistic flare for staging homes with her daughter to her felted animals and the primitive rugs she designs and hooks, what was once old is new again. 

Jeannine’s first introduction to rug hooking was many years ago when she came upon a hooked rug while antiquing. She was fascinated by the detail, the colors, and the women who created these old rugs. And so it began. 

Christine Coslet and her husband live in northern New Jersey with their fur kids. She works in HR, and her husband recently closed his business while he awaits a kidney transplant. Chris began hooking in October 2012 when she was looking for a hobby for herself and her two sisters to do together. 

This article is from the March/April/May 2017 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


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