Rug of the Month: July 2017

For July’s Rug of the Month, Ania was in the mood for some summer seashells. Summer is a time of year when a lot of people hang out by the ocean and at the beach, and seashells are a beautiful symbol of that pastime. Therefore, in celebration of summer, this month’s rug is from a pattern by Michele Micarelli, named “Seashore.”

Take a look below to read Ania’s thoughts on this rug (and see some pictures of her real life inspiration for creating it!):

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Here is Ania’s complete “Seashore” rug.

Why did you decide to take on this project?

I decided to do a seashell project because I love seashells. It’s as simple as that! When I was 8 years old, I decided I wanted to be an oceanographer, and work for Jacques Cousteau (of course, later on I realized I couldn’t make a living doing that and so I set my sights on Chemistry instead).

I would catch polywogs as a little kid with a net my father made from a broken hanger and a pair of pantyhose! I would bring them home under the conviction that I could raise frogs. My love of the sea is how my family has ended up with a long, long line of pet fish.

That love of the sea naturally extended to a love of seashells. I collected (and still collect) seashells. I started as a little kid. Every time we went to the beach or on vacation, I would pick out some cool, new specimen. Seashells from my personal collection are some of the inspiration for this rug.

 

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Here is a detail shot of the center shells in the rug.

How did you choose which seashells from your collection to include?

I chose shells that matched those that were in the pattern, shape wise. I used my shells as inspiration for what colors to use. Every single shell in the pattern is based off of a shell that I actually own in my collection. This includes even shells that might seem a little bit embellished at first glance. For example, the purple scallop shell (which can be seen in the picture above), is based on my purple scallop shell.

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In this shot, you can see some details in the coral and kelp.

What was the toughest part about this project?

Deciding whether or not I wanted to leave the longer ends of the kelp in tact on the rug. I didn’t know if deciding not to trim them would be frowned upon or not. I ultimately decided to keep them long – I liked the way it looked and I wanted it to be reminiscent of real kelp you’d find on the beach.

 

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This is a selection of some of Ania’s shell collection – see if you can spot a couple of the shells featured in her rug.

What’s your favorite part of this rug?

That each of the shells in the rug is based on a real shell. I like that each shell has a real counterpart to the shells that I own. I like the coral that I hooked into it – even though it’s much more colorful than any coral I own, because all of the coral I own is dead.

It was fun to hook!

Anything else of note about this rug?

I used a lot of varied fibers in this rug, a lot of decorative yarns. I used these fibers mostly in the water in the background behind the shells. I did this to help create movement and texture in the rug.

I was also experimenting a lot at this point in my journey as a rug hooker – I was trying different things to see how they looked and came out, and it was a  lot of fun!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

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2 thoughts on “Rug of the Month: July 2017

  1. A wonderful personal rug with lovely description of how it was created and why. Always great to read your blogs and see your lovely art. Magnificent

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