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June/July/August 2020

On the cover
PELICAN’S CATCH, hooked by Sandra Grant.

Summer is here! And even though for many it may not be a typical summer, this issue brings you the same high-quality photos and articles that you come to expect. We’ve got a nod to the 4th of July with a Betsy Ross inspired flag as well as the Great Seal of the United States. Hook a charming strawberry and mouse rug by Fluff and Peachy Bean; learn to make rugs using discarded shirts; admire the incredible work from artists such as Aine Humble, Sandra Grant, Susan Gaby-Trotz and others. You won’t want to miss this one!


  1. The Sculptural Bird Creations of Sandra Grant
    Flights of fancy
    by Anne-Marie Littenberg

  2. Sunset from A’Cioch
    Hooking movement and depth in  a monochomatic cloudscape
    by Áine Humble

  3. Revisiting the Group of Seven
    Hooking the details
    by Susan Gaby-Trotz

  4. Swirls of a Feather 
    Free-flow hooking
    by Robin Whitford

  5. Upcycle Those Shirts!
    Comfy cotton makes mighty soft rugs
    by Kathleen Eckhaus

A Rug Hooking Exclusive

  1. Mouse Heaven
    by Nancy Jewett/Fluff & Peach Bean


  1. Destinations: Art & Anniversaries
    Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village 2020
    by Kathy Wright

  2. Creativity
    The Joy of a Mentor
    by Deanne Fitzpatrick

  3. Blast from the Past    
    The Majestic Great Seal of the United States
    by Joan Moshimer

  4. Beyond Our Borders
    The Florentine Bird Tapestry
    by Neysa Russo

  5. Artful Color
    by Wanda Kerr

  6. Canadian Connection
    A hooking challenge
    by Lesley Larsen

  7. Readers’s Gallery
    Gloriously free, quiet, and alone
    by Leigh Glenn

  8. Dear Beginning Rug Hooker
    Tea mats
    by Jackie Alcock

  9. Ask the Experts
    Designing folk-art houses
    by Linda Pietz

  10. First Rug on the Last Page
    The Betsy Ross Flag
    by Megan Jenkins


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The Hatchette Girlsbr /Ive wanted to adapt this 1930s family photo of my mother her two sisters into a mat for a very long time. Knowing that I couldnt draw it, I asked my friend Kay LeFevre to help me. Kay has a system where she can put a photograph on a special heat transfer paper make it as large as needed. Thanks to Kay a heat press, I was able to get started. I used what I had in my stash, dyeing wool yarn as I went. The mat took 3 months of hooking, every day. Each face, jacket glove felt like a milestone. I enjoyed pulling every loop, feeling a sense of closeness to family, in my isolation. Sitting at my frame every day, kept me sane through the worst of the winter /The finished mat is 35x28. Hooked with #3 #4 cut wool, angora, velvet, wool roving, wool yarn.


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