Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (June 28, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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If a cultural anthropologists visited Dixie, the result might be "Hooked Rugs of the Deep South." In this hardback 8 Â½ by 11 inch reference, the reader travels five states, viewing 844 images with the "my-rug-hooking-stories" that document the colorful preserved memories of rug hookers from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi , Tennessee and Georgia . These Southern still lifes in wool offer commentary on family events (pages 29 and 123) , cherished pets (page 203) , university mascots (page 63), landmark homes (page 65), along with popular patterns such a pineapples, flowers and bunnies in gardens and a few master painters such as Van Gogh (page 150) and Gustav Klimt (page 234). The book is organized by states, with each section alphabetized by the first name of the rug artists. Page numbers are offered in this review because the book does not have an index.The rug hooker testimonials explain the power of the craft, how hooking rugs carries one through cancer, postpartum depression, deaths and empty nesting loneliness as well as the plain pleasure of the craft.This is no how-to, though some stories offer advice such as "never use a frame" (page 45) and gather your own Pokeberries for natural dyeing (page 208).Southern rug hookers know that any surface can benefit from colorful patterns, so this book features ceiling tapestries, floor rugs, wall hangings, book bags and totes, foot stools and portraits of grandkids.Most of the projects were created in the 21st century, but a few rugs and stories showcase the 1930s, `40, `60s and `80s.The book identifies some camps such as the Oxford Rug Camp (page 94) and local clubs such as the Magnolia Wool Dust Society in Canton, Mississippi, that meets in a former jail (page 78).
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