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Story Rugs and their Storytellers

Rug Hooking in the Narrative Style

By: Paulette Hackman
Story Rugs and their Storytellers

Story rugs are exciting, personal expressions of joy—they are a visual style of storytelling, as old as cave art, that is gaining popularity among contemporary rug hookers. They tell of celebrations, travels, and adventures and illustrate personal journeys, strongly held beliefs, poignant special memories, and milestones of family heritage. Now there is a book celebrating these popular works of fiber art.
• Explore the work of six featured hooking artists.
• Marvel at the diversity of styles and subjects by hooking artists from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Japan.
• Learn techniques to help launch your own project of storytelling-by-hook.

Paulette Hackman is a writer, journalist, and former college instructor with a passion for fiber arts and rug hooking. Paulette writes from her home in Binghamton, New York, and her summer residence in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

$25.95 US and Canada


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Looks like a fantastic book! Would love to win a copy. )

I was extremely excited to receive your information about the book Story Rugs and Their Storytellers, Rug Hooking in the Narrative Style by Pauline Hackman. The motivation behind my interest in this book is due to the fact that I have been contemplating writing a Story book about my rug hooking projects since beginning to rug hook. Several years ago, when I first started rug hooking I decided to put my family history into rugs. It started first with designing and creating a picture for my oldest son Rob, for his 45th birthday. This rug is called BROTHERS TOGETHER and now hangs in his office. The story is about Rob, and, his younger brother, Sean when they were canoeing on the lake in front of our summer cottage. The story intertwines and represents their lives growing up and living on the lake and their relationship as brothers. The rug depicts Rob paddling the canoe while his brother Sean was fishing. Sadly and to our sorrow Sean died when he was 29. However, we have always maintained his spirit within our family structure. To ensure Seans memory in the rug picture, his shirt is created from one we kept after he died and is now woven into this picture. Creating the BROTHERS TOGETHER rug had a very emotional and tearful impact on me. As a result I decided to create a meaningful rug for our daughter, Marnies 45th birthday and then one for each of our seven grandchildren portraying their relationships with their Grandma and Grandpa. Each child is then presented with their rug when they graduate from grade 8. My plan is to now write a family book about the story behind each individual rug. Once completed my hope is to present each individual with the book as a memory keepsake. My concern now is how to start writing and compiling these stories. The book Story rugs and Their Storytellers Rug Hooking will certainly help me with my special project and ensure that the passing down of some of our family history through these rug hooking pictures. I believe the guidance and assistance from the book Story Rugs and Their Storytellers Rug Hooking will assist me with my own project.

I've always thought about doing a 'Family' story rug and now I'm inspired.

my daughter and I are working on our first rug hooking project. It is a story rug, depicting a chicken coop and chickens we care for in the off-season here on Prudence Island, RI.

I am new to rug hooking and this book would be such a valuable tool to learn from. My sister got me hooked on rug hooking and I have fallen in love with the art. Thank you so much for the chance to win

I am a new rug hooker and have fallen hard. Can't get enough of hooking lol. Would love to have this book.

Would love to get this. Sounds delightful to read.

So glad I was finally able to sign in! I would love this great book on my shelf!

I always enjoy a good story and would love to see the rugs. Dawn

Looks like a great book about the rugs that intrigue us all..... What story is the rug really telling!

This book is amazing. Such a great reference for any type of story to be told.

This is a beautiful book filled with incredible rugs!!

Looks like a beautiful book!

Story rugs are so amazing! Can't wait to check out this book.

They're my favorite!

Great book! I will definitely have to check this out if I don't win.

My hubby recently discovered rug hooking the old fashion way. What better way for him to truly become a rug hooker than to learn how to tell stories with his work!

I always enjoy a rug better when it has a story and am looking forward to reading Paulette's latest book. Would love, of course, to win it! Maureen McIlwain


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