My latest rug has been my most challenging one to date...for many reasons, not just technical execution. It depicts a spot on Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu that military wives from all branches of the service know very well.
Whether your hubby is returning home on a surface ship or a submarine, we all go out early on the morning of their return to watch them pass this point in the neck of Pearl Harbor.The Waianae Mountain range and cane fields are in the distance. Our son stands in the lower right. Wives groups spend weeks making a huge lei of crisp tulle that is carried by tug boat out to the vessel to grace her shoulders.
After the boats have passed this point and our arms (and voices) are exhausted from waving and yelling to the crew who are riding topside, we all jump in our cars to drive around to the opposite side of the harbor where the boats will pull in and be tied up at the pier.
It is an unbelieveably joyous day with families reconnecting after separations of six months or longer.
This rug is my original pattern drawn to be started after the completion of my landscape class with Wanda Kerr in Asheville, N.C.earlier this summer. It is from my original photograph and sketched by me onto linen. I also dyed all the multiples of wools that I had to use.
NOTES ABOUT THIS POST: should you have any questions on this post or any of my prior ones, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org as I am always happy to help.