Featured Rug of the Month             March 2020

My “Stained Glass Abstract” has a story and I would like to share it with you.
Stained Glass, 17"x33" Designed and hooked by Tracy C. Burns
After some 200 hours of hooking work, I decided that this piece was destined for the floor in front of my kitchen sink, as it had not become what I had envisioned. The original concept got lost early into the hooking process when I ran out of the color of scrap wool fabric I was using. 

I took it in to our art association for our “ArtTalk” night for critique. I have a good friend there who has an eye for art and he "twisted" my arm and told me it needed to be entered in an art show. I drug my feet about it but eventually did enter my first juried show. I was ecstatic to discover that it received 1st place in that show and then Judge’s Choice at the Union City Arts Festival Juried Show in October 2014. 

From there I entered it into the 116th Annual Exhibition by Richmond Area Artists at Richmond Art Museum (RAM). It was awarded Honorable Mention in Amateur Division in November 2014. I then entered it into the 10th Annual Hoosier Women's Artists Competition at the Indiana State House. In April 2017, I was 1 of 34 honorees accepted out of 208 entries from across the state. 

It hung in State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell's office for a year. Then it went on to the Hann Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, IN until July 2018. From there it traveled on to win Grand Champion in the Mooreland Fair Open Show in August 2018. So my little “kitchen” rug began it’s humble journey from the encouragement of a friend and became a celebrity in its own right.  

It is not what I originally drew and that is why I didn't like it. But is a piece of me. It is all scraps so that is why the original drawing didn't work. I ran out a color and just stopped where the last tail was and then went around it in black. So some areas are smaller than the first drawing was. So this quickly changed the original design from big squares to all the smaller details. The large circle is from tracing my hoop because I was bored.  But it is what actually makes the piece work.  

"Stained Glass Abstract" is 17" x 33" (just the right size to fit in front of my kitchen sink. LOL). It is stretched over a stretcher frame and hangs on the wall. Mixed cuts #4-#7 on Rug Warp (also scrap left over from another project). and a mixture of recycled wool, hand dyed and off the bolt wools all left overs from previous projects.

​Tracy C. Burns, Connersville, IN
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