Spring Gallery

The following additions have been reprinted from the Spring edition of the Loop Magazine.  If you have projects you wish to include, please see the Gallery Info to find out how to share your stories, inspirations and photos.

My Dad’s Rug, Mary Wareham

"Beavers", Hooked by Mary Wareham.

“My dad’s name is Buddy. He is 77 years old and has dementia with alzheimers creeping in there too, a terrible, terrible disease. He mostly talks of his “glory” days or makes up stories of imaginary “glory” days.

He use to come to my rug hooking studio on the way for a daily walk. To entertain him one day I unrolled my stash of patterns. He spotted the Beaver pattern and started a story about his younger days when he and his father use to trap beaver together—some of the story I knew to be true and the rest was fiction.

I hooked the “Beaver” for my dad as a Christmas gift. It now proudly hangs on his bedroom wall where he can see it all the time. Buddy is going to a nursing home for a visit next week in the respite care bed. His Beaver rug will be waiting for him to return.

Mary Wareham

Sadie and Maddie, written by Kathy LeBlanc

“Sadie and Maddie”, Hooked by Barbara Graham, 56” x 48”.

“The rug is called—Sadie and Madie, 56” by 48#, #6,8,10 cut, wool on linen hooked and designed by Barbara Graham, Clementvale, Nova Scotia. Barbara wanted this story to be a positive one. However, it doesn’t have a happy beginning.

Barbara and her husband, Julian, along with their golden retrievers, Sadie and Maddie, had been living in Nova Scotia for seven months (after having moved from Louisiana) when their farm house burned down.  Barbara lost her beloved Sadie in the fire and later lost Maddie to leukemia.  She lost all her art supplies in the fire. After living in a trailer for 10 months, they moved into their new home.  Winter came and she needed something to do.  Hooking liked fun and when her friend, Susan Puxley, took her to meet the Smith’s Cove group, she loved it.

Previously, on her 40th birthday, Julian commissioned a painting of the two of them Sadie and Maddie.  However, this painting was destroyed in the fire.  Barbara was looking in a drawer last Spring and found a photo of the painting.  The photo had been stored in a fire-proof safe.

Now that her husband has retired, they couldn’t’ afford to commission the painting again so Barbara, using the photo, took six months to hook this rug.  It means the world to her.  She said it would have taken longer without the encouragement and hands-on support of her mentors, Kathy LeBlanc and Diane Clapp, who provided help and advice whenever she asked.


Kathy LeBlanc