Random acts of design and technique, 2008-2021
Mount Desert Island, Maine, 2008
This 3D, topographical map of Mount Desert Island, Maine was created by sculpting the wool loops in varying heights and density. Colors distinguish freshwater ponds from ocean waters. Variegation in color also helped to define the mountains. Note the highest summits signified by the ‘pink granite’ that is characteristic of these peaks.
Antique rug, repaired 2018
Little was known about rug when I set out to repair it. I tested a few strips of the fibers to learn more about how to proceed. This "burn test" told me the fibers were a mix of cotton batting, polyester, and wool. I trimmed the unsalvageable edge, removed a few loops to expose enough backing to fold under and secure the new edge. This meant losing a half-inch at one end of the rug. The holes in the center were reinforced with new linen backing that was sewn in place and hooked with materials saved from the end and a few strips I had on hand.