Hooked Rug Storytelling: The Art of Heather Ritchie
With 370 detailed photos and insightful text, readers are introduced to the internationally renowned rug hooking artist Heather Ritchie and her creations. Heather brings her own unique style to rug making, and this book explains how she goes about making a rug, including those featured in the book. It also provides valuable insights into the way Heather uses both hooky and proddy rug techniques. Heather has transformed the basic handicraft of rag rug making into an art form of great subtlety.

Stories told in this book relate to over twenty of Heather's favorite "memory rugs" that reflect her experience making rugs and her life. These include anecdotes about "Guiding Light," which tells how she, at five years old, would walk with her newly-blind father, helping him learn to navigate his home town; "Paradise Garden," based on the last photo of her mother; and "Origins and Identity," with details of Heather's work in The Gambia with blind people who are making rag rugs and starting to earn a living using a rag rug hook. This is an inspirational book for anyone who wants to learn to how to make rugs or who is entranced by the rug hooker's art. .

 

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Heather Ritchie

 
Heather Ritchie
Heather was born in Sunderland but has spent most her life in Reeth, Swaledale. She travels widely, passing on her amazing rug-making skills to students around the world.

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Lesley Mary Close

 
Lesley Mary Close
Lesley lives in Amersham, Bucks and was amazed to find no one had written a book about Heather. She swiftly set out to remedy the situation with Hooked Rug Storytelling: The Art of Heather Ritchie.

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