The Topsfield Fair: Awards Talk Part 2

Last week, the blog displayed the rugs that Ania submitted to the Big E. If you missed it, you can see that post here! This week, the blog will showcase Ania’s award-winning rugs from this years Topsfield Fair. We hope you enjoy!

The Topsfield Fair is known to attract up to half a million visitors. It is America’s oldest agricultural fair, and in three years the fair will celebrate its 200th anniversary.

See below to discover which are the two rugs that Ania submitted to the fair, and to see what awards they won!

marie original
Ania’s Marie rug won second place in its division.

The first rug Ania submitted, which you can see above, was her Marie rug — and it won second place! Ania was very excited because this is a rug she found particularly challenging to complete. The challenge stemmed from the amount of detail she put into it, including a lot of intricate shading. You can see a closer shot of some of this detail below.

Here is a close-up of Ania's second place ribbon.
Here is a close-up of Ania’s second place ribbon, which also showcases some of the rug’s detailed shading.

The second rug Ania submitted is one that you’ve seen quite recently,  if you regularly follow the blog! Below are a couple of images of Ania’s Nice ‘N Easy rug, which won first place!

Here is Nice 'N Easy with its new ribbon in place!
Here is Nice ‘N Easy with its new ribbon in place!

Nice ‘N Easy was this month’s ‘Rug of the Month’! If you missed Ania’s interview on the story behind this rug’s creation, simply click here to view the post. You can read a lot of interesting details that went into the process of hooking this rug.

Here is a close-up of its first place ribbon!
Here is a close-up of its first place ribbon!

Let Ania know in the comments below what you think of her Marie rug and her Nice ‘N Easy rug!

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The Big E: Awards Talk Part 1

As was promised last week on Ania Creative Design’s facebook page, the time to showcase Ania’s newest award-winning rugs has come! This post will show the two rugs that Ania submitted to the Big E Fair.

The Big E is an Eastern States Exposition, and it celebrates all six New England states. It has attracted as many as 1.5 million visitors, and has the distinction of being the fifth largest fair in America.

Check out the pictures below to see which two rugs Ania submitted to the Big E, and what awards they won!

Ania's Paisley Hex rug won 2nd place in its division!
Ania’s Paisley Hex rug won second place in its division.

The first rug Ania submitted can be seen above: the Paisley Hex rug. Ania was excited about this rug because this was the first time she attempted a fringe on one of her creations. The judges at the Big E thought she did a good job because they awarded it second place in its division.

A close-up  of Ania's second place ribbon!
A close-up of Ania’s second place ribbon!

Ania’s second submitted rug won an impressive amount of ribbons at the fair. Look below to see how many.

Here is the big winner!
Here is the big winner!

Ania’s Tiffany Peacock rug, seen above, not only won first place in its category, but it also won Best of Division in Creative Arts! On top of those awards, this rug also won first place at the 2014 Topsfield Fair.

Here are the peacock rug's growing numbers of ribbons.
Here is a close-up of Tiffany Peacock’s growing numbers of ribbons.

For Ania, it is a huge honor to have been recognized for her work by such a big institution as the Big E. She was excited by the opportunity to show a few of her rugs to fair-goers, and now she is excited to share those same rugs with you, our reader!

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think!

Rug of the Month: October 2015

Our first ever rug of the month is a great one! This prize-winning rug is called ‘Nice ‘N Easy’, and was designed by Jane McGown Flynn. The rug’s dimensions are 20×34 in. Ania used #6 and #3 cut wool strips to hook this rug. ‘Nice ‘N Easy’ also recently won 1st place at Massachusetts’s Topsfield Fair!

Ania was interviewed on the process behind creating this rug, and you can check out her thoughts on it below:

Ania's completed rug, from the 'Nice 'N Easy' pattern.
Ania’s completed ‘Nice ‘N Easy’ rug.

What convinced you that you wanted to hook this pattern? 

I really love floral designs, and this is a particularly eye catching pattern. It’s very aesthetically pleasing, and I immediately knew the central flower would be red. Usually, it’s hard to hook something with a red color that allows the rug to have a ‘wow’ factor, but this pattern had it.

The other element of it is I had never done a hit or miss border prior to this pattern. To tackle the challenge I pulled in colors that were in the rug, but also wool that was from my stash. My stash included overdyed wool, wool from previous experiments in dyeing, and pieces that were too small to fit in elsewhere. The border was a great opportunity to play.

Detail of the rug's center and border.
Detail of the rug’s center and border.

How did you approach elements like color planning for this project?

I like bright colors, and I also wanted to play with different types of dyed wools. The wool used in this rug are spot dyes, dip dyes, and color swatches. A big goal of mine was to be able to pull both cool greens and warm greens into the leaves and stems. Ultimately, the color scheme was built around experimentation.

What was the most difficult aspect to complete?

The best part of this rug is that there was nothing difficult to complete; the entire rug was just very fun and easy—exactly as its name promises! Another thing I loved is the size: large enough to be an effective rug but small enough to complete quickly.

What are you most proud of in this rug?

The biggest risk I took in this rug is probably when I was completing the whip. Normally, a rug’s whip is a darker or neutral color. I wanted to use the whip as a further accent on the rug. If you look at the rug you can see that the tulips are yellow, and I wanted to give it a whipped border that reflected that yellow around the edge. The wool that I used was a very bright yellow, and I think it came out really nice that way.

Here is some detail of the back of the rug
Here is some detail of the back of the rug, including a close-up of the whipped edge

What makes this rug different from the others you’ve hooked? What made this project unique in your experience as a rug hooker.

This is one of the most whimsical rugs I’ve done. My objective and focus was pulling in brighter colors and to recycle different types of dyed wool that I had stored up.

Let us know below what you think of Ania’s ‘Nice ‘N Easy’ rug! How did you like getting to hear some of the story behind its creation?