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By Sharon Brown on September 6, 2010

This is the story of a very special little coat that touched my heart in 1948, wove its way into a rose patterned rug in 1954, then came home to live with me in 2010. It's also a story about hooked rugs, an almost forgotten art.

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Apr 23, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Wonderful article Sharon. I don´t understand how i missed this article until now. How lucky you are to hare found the old hooked rugs from your childhood. And the story about your beautiful coat being used in the rugs is so touching. Lovey dubby

I have never hooked rugs the way you did, but I helped my parents start hooking Smyrna rugs which is done with a big crochetting hook. My mother also made some pictures and pillowcases with a small hook and very fine yarn. She and her older sister made many a beautiful thing during their lifetime.

When I was younger I made a big picture with Aladin Needle (Hook) and wool yarn on canvas showing an island being born when there was an undersea volcanic eruption south of Iceland around 1970.

Did you start a new rug this winter? I suppose the hardest work is cutting the wool. Have you tried cutting it with a patchwork cutter and ruler?
And again thank you so much Thumbs up Thumbs up and happy Easter.
Apr 23, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Hello Magga!

Happy Easter to you as well. And thank you for finding the article.

Sad to say, I have collected pieces of wool all winter, and now that I might have enough, partially cut, it's spring and I'm more into gardening. It's almost too warm to be working with wool. But I am hoping to get an early start in the fall. The cutting of the wool is the most difficult part, but I'm getting it done a little at a time.

I'd love to see pictures of your needle work. I'm sure it's beautiful.

I hope it's warming up there where you are, and that you are enjoying spring blooms. It's very nice here, except for these incessant wind and thunderstorms, which seem to hit us every night.

Thanks again for finding the article. And thanks again for your comments. Don't forget to show pictures of your needlework if you have it!

Happy Easter!
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Apr 25, 2011 5:04 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
We have a saying here: Unfinished projects do not run away from you. I too have a few unfinished things, some of them are going to wait until fall comes again but one or two I will try to work on while our Icelandic spring is keeping us waiting, But my fingers can´t wait for the touch of earth. I have about 100 petunia seedlings I transplanted last saturday night in pots in my window.

Here is a picture my mother made. When I was a child we had a big pillow with this beautiful picture flossed on it. When became old and the picture faded, my mother took small scissors and cut off the faded top of the pattern to renew it. Many years later she made a new picture in the same pattern and my father put it in a frame to protect it because we all loved it so much. When my father who is now 91 moved to an old peoples home in January this year I seemed to be the one who cared what was to become of many homemade things like this one, so most of it stays with me. This is not made with a hook as my bad memory told me wrongly but with a small tool with a needle on one end which is pushed through fabric. In this instance it is velvet lined with muslin. It is worked from the wrong side to form very small loops on the right side. The wool yarn she used is very fine.

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The picture below I made about 40 years ago with a tool called Aladin Needle, which works the same way my mothers, but is bigger and has a turning wheel, so it is more like a sort of a machine. You hold it and guide it with one hand and turn the wheel with the other. Both were stretched on a frame before starting. My picture is of a volcano island that started as an undersea eruption between 1960 -1970. The island is called Surtsey (Black Island) and is south of Iceland.

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Apr 25, 2011 5:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon

Your mother's 'yarn painting' is gorgeous. The colors are so beautiful. And so is yours of the volcano. Treasures, for sure.

I'm so glad you get the homemade treasures of your mother. There's something about them that connects us so closely with our ancestors and teaches us a little about our history. I'm always astonished when other family members don't want those things. They are precious to me.

And thanks for sharing them. I love bold colors!

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