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Rug Hooking in the Scottish Highlands

Inspirations from the land

By: Brigitte Webb
Updated July 06, 2017
Photography by Seoris Mcgillivray

Flowers in Vase , 14" x 20", #4-, 5-, and 6-cut wool on linen. Designed and hooked by Brigitte Webb, Dingwall, Scotland, 2015.

I admire the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish architect, designer, water colorist, and artist. This rug is my tribute to him. Some work is governed by what is found in my stash, particularly as most of what I use is imported from America and Canada. This rug was determined by the size of a piece of backing material I had left over. I often draw directly on my backing, as any mistakes will be covered up with my hooking.

LESSON: Be open to helpful, constructive advice and don’t be afraid to change things if it feels right.

People ask what inspires me to hook and design a rug. The answer is as varied as life itself. Almost anything can and does inspire me—the color of the fields, trees, and mountains; a memory; seasons; wools gathered or gifted; and other artists’ and rug hookers’ work. Here in the Scottish Highlands, I am never short of inspiration.

Needless to say, I am influenced by the magnificent highlands of Scotland where I live. This rug is my tribute to the work of artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I find his work to be beautifully stylized, with a wonderfully deceptive simplicity, often featuring flowers and geometric elements. I wanted to create my own design that would be recognized as being influenced by him, but in no way copied. Most of my designs are drawn directly onto my backing material, but in this instance, I drew freehand onto red dot, then transferred onto linen. I confess I did make alterations as I hooked from the first draft pattern.



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