Well, it’s been a while, but our Tuesday rug group was cancelled, so I am officially snowed in, and happy to not have to go anywhere! Let’s look at a few hooked rugs that are in the auction sales these days!
Above, you see a nice old rug, going on sale this Saturday (Nov. 24, 12 pm) at Copake Auctions in Copake, NY. This old-fashioned snow scene is Lot 62, Description: C. 1900’s winter farm scene hooked rug. 28″ x 40″.
Here is a charming rug that made me smile:
Thanksgiving is on my mind, and when I saw it, I thought “Great folk art turkey!” but the label from Kensington Estate Auctions, in Clintondale, NY, says Lot 150: American Folk Art Pictorial Hooked Rug PEACOCK. There’s no other info on who, where or when, so maybe they just decided it was a peacock! At any rate, it’ll be auctioned on Dec. 3 (7pm) and the estimated price is $200-$400.
Here is another rug from the same Nov. 24th Copake sale, Description: Hooked rug, Currier and Ives Scene. 23″ x 37″., this one is Lot 205, and the estimated price is $50-$100:
A friend of mine is hooking a different Currier and Ives snow scene, and to me, it looks really, really hard! Not only because of all the shadings of the snow, but making snow on bare branches look right, and trying to get the blue tint to everything that was so characteristic of many of these classic snow pictorials.
OK, here is one more from the same Copake sale:
This is Lot 60, and the estimated price is $75-$100. Description: C. 1900 floral hooked rug. 30 1/2″ x 50″. While it looks a little primitive compared to the very fine shading in many flower and scroll rugs we see today, someone put a lot of work into this, and the colors, to me, just say “Thanksgiving”.
So what have I been up to? Well for those who did not get to the Hooked In The Mountains exhibit so beautifully organized and hung by the Green Mountain Rughooking Guild, here is my Jenny Tornado rug. You can’t truly welcome a new kitty to the family until you have a rug of them:
And just this week, I finished this rug for a wedding present, for my niece Leah and her new husband Mark:
It is, of course, the traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern. After studying a lot of photos of this pattern, I cut out my own circular template from a piece of cardboard, using a dinner plate and salad plate, and just went from there. As soon as I post this blog entry, I will go steam it!
From my house, with all of us inside as the snow is steadily falling, to you and your families, whether traveling or at home, a very happy Thanksgiving to you!