Mom and I and two friends, Meg and Cindy, traveled to Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. Meg and Cindy were want-to-be rug hookers when we left home and returned fully hooked! I kept warning them that they were going to be knocked off their feet by the rug exhibit but I'm not sure they fully understood until they saw the rugs.
2015 was the 19th year for the show. I remember when it was just an idea. Jenny came to my Blue Ridge Rug Camp and picked my brain long and hard about running a rug camp. Sauder Village Rug Week is now very well-known - full of workshops, classes, vendors, and of course, the unbelievably awesome show. The venue is perfect and has a restaurant, inn, bakery, a quilt shop, a museum, and lots of shops to visit (tea, tin smith, basket, spinning, pottery, glass blowing, blacksmithing, etc.). You'll find Sauder employees in full costume fitting the period.
I wanted to show you one rug in particular that really moved me. The composition and the techniques used just wowed me. Love the interpretation. Please click on each of these pictures to enlarge it so you can fully appreciate the detail.
I do not know who hooked this rug - next year, I will be sure to photograph the label because I want to give credit where credit is due.
The depth of the rug - such great placement of lights and darks to create shadow.
The raised loops for the gold wedding rings.
The brim of her hat.
The symbolism - the saying "love leaves a memory time can't erase", the wedding ring quilt pattern, and his and hers gold wedding bands.
I've always loved hands - I believe they tell so much about a person. I love the shape and the fact that they have the ability to create so much. These hands are spectacular! They tell of a life well-lived.
Kudos to the talented artist/maker of this rug! It is a masterpiece!
Stay tuned for more from the Sauder Village Rug Exhibit 2015.