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Old Books, 17"x32", designed and hooked with T-shirt strips by Judy Taylor
As you may or may not know, in addition to writing books on rug hooking, I have also been known to dabble in fiction. I have taken many a class at Seattle's Hugo House, named for Richard Hugo, poet, memoirist and novelist. When I learned they were holding a fundraiser, I asked if they would like to have a rug to auction off, and this is what I came up with.
I've been having a lot of fun with T-shirts these days. I keep thinking that I've satisfied my curiosity, then another project comes along, and I wonder, what would that be like if I hooked it with T-shirts?
So I headed out to my favorite thrift stores (any excuse will do!) and looked for any shirts with muted colors, especially textured designs. In the left-hand side, you can see three matching grey books. Those were hooked with a T-shirt with tiny grey and white stripes, for a salt & pepper effect. Other books were hooked with shirts that were mottled or tie-dyed, giving me more effects to play with. I threw in some metallic colored ribbon for some of the fancy details you find in old books.
So have I satisfied my curiosity about T-shirts yet? Not really. They are surprisingly versatile, and lend themselves to many of the styles I like to hook,. They're fun, inexpensive and versatile, so I'll keep them in mind for whatever project comes up in the future. I've got an article coming up in the September/October issue of Rug Hooking Magazine on hooking with T-shirts, so stay tuned!