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Breaking Rules on the Road to Creativity

Are rug hooking rules made to be broken?

By: Deanne Fitzpatrick

Tiny Landscape, 6" x 6" wool and silk on linen, framed. Designed and hooked by Deanne Fitzpatrick, Amherst, Nova Scotia. One of a series of 49 small hooked rugs depicting the landscape of Nova Scotia. 

When I first started rug hooking, everywhere I turned I was met with rules. Your loops should be this height. Your strips should be this width. There was always some set of rules you should follow.

There was also a bit of a mystery as to who was making these rules. I heard them everywhere, but there was no real source for the abundant and mysterious mandates. I was told to only use wool. I was told not to mix different weights of wool in the same rug. I was told that all my strips should be the same width.

These can be important rules, and I knew that. I just was having trouble following them. They did not seem to apply to me . . . well, all except for that rule about just using wool. Now that one I liked.


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Deanne, I discovered you on YouTube and love your work. You are so upbeat and enjoy your "Coffee with Deanne." The large landscapes are amazing, so i'm sure the small ones are too.


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