Here is a beautiful rug created and hooked by Lynda Hadlock, of Manchester, NH. Lynda’s Grandfather Scaletti had come to America from Italy, and he was a skilled stone carver, who went to work in the Redstone, NH granite quarry.
Linda writes, “My Grandfather was a stone cutter and I wanted to create a family legacy rug. We had a granite cornice stone that he helped carve – it was broken and could not be used, but I still have it in my garden:”
“Pam Bartlett (owner and hooking teacher at The Woolen Pear, in Loudon, NH) was instrumental in helping me turn my idea into reality. We used the arch as a window, and envisioned my grandfather looking out to his future and seeing Redstone NH and the quarry. Here is the photo I took of the scene in Redstone:”
“It was a challenge to get the wool to look like granite, I wanted to get a tromp l’oeil look.”
Lynda wrote that perspective was also important. Look at how she used angled lines of hooking on the bottom and side edges of the arch to add depth to it:
Wow, that is really effective. Even her grandfather’s name really looks like it is carved in stone, because of the way Lynda used her shading:
The quarries in Redstone are a wonderful part of NH history. Redstone (now part of Conway, NH) produced two different rare colors of granite: red and green. Granite from Redstone was used in most of the early Maine Central and Boston & Maine railroad stations, and to make paving stones for cities all over the country. Redstone granite was used in many buildings in Portland, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. and as far away as Denver, CO and Havana, Cuba. Here is a photo of the stone yard and shed, in 1909:
The Hatch Memorial Shell, in Boston, is of Redstone green granite. Grant’s Tomb in New York, the National Archives building in Washington, and the George Washington Memorial Masonic Temple in Alexandria, V.A. were built mostly of Redstone pink granite. Supplying granite for the Masonic Temple was the largest job ever undertaken, including twenty-four polished columns, each 22 feet long and each weighing 18 tons. Historical documents about the quarries talk about the skilled Italian stonecutters who came to work to do fine detailing and carving, and settled in the area with their families. The Nature Conservancy and the State of New Hampshire now own the entire property.
What a wonderful piece of family history to memorialize in a rug! Lynda, I know parts of this design were a real challenge, and it is clear you brought all your skills to this rug. It’s a beautiful achievement, and a great legacy rug for your family! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Lynda’s rug is her own, copyrighted and protected, and used here with her kind permission. Please don’t copy, pin, facebook or paste it…unless you ask her.