It started in August 2009 when a fabulous piece of over-dyed pink wool arrived in the mail from an Etsy seller called shabbysheepwool. Her name was Sheri and I had purchased a few pieces of wool from her before and been very pleased. However this time when I opened my package(always beautifully wrapped!) I was dumbfounded by the beauty of the color of the wool....the photo below shows all that remains of its luscious tones of pinks, and browns and plums and salmons.
This single piece set me on a mission to collect similar ones that could be used as a background for a wonderful and very special rug. I had an antique barkcloth drapery panel from the 1940's that contained a color combination that I have loved all my life and I knew that if I could find the rest of the colors, I would have a rug that I would really cherish. And so my mission began.
I wrote back to Sheri asking if she had anymore of the pink wool. Sadly, she let me know that she had just been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer and would be beginning the biggest battle of her life. She wrote about it on her blog shabbysheep.blogspot.com and let everyone know that she would be out of touch for awhile.
Fast forward to January 2010 when I took a rug hooking class from Susan Quicksall at the Quilted Apple in Phoenix. I had selected one of Susan's patterns called Gypsy Wagon and it was then that I knew that it would become "the pink rug". I had collected over 12 different "dirty pinks" for use as the background and a number of unique greens that fell within the realm of vintage jadeites. The original pattern did not have the petal border....I had designed and added it to make it a slightly larger size. My vintage drapery panel appears on the left.
I would like to acknowledge some special ladies who are very talented with their dye pots, and whose wools I love dearly....Beth Kovich (Wickedwool), Cathy (woolnroses),Christy (double_m_sheep_wool) and Marita (themerryhookerwoolens). Their wools comprise the majority of this rug.These gals are masters at their craft and I am most happy that they I have found them and their wonderful customer service.
Last but not least, I would like to say that there is a special bond that exists between rug hookers and I am not quite sure how to describe or define it.....it just is. And Sheri is living proof of the heart and soul of that bond and a shining example of the beauty of spirit. Currently she is in full remission and back to hooking and dyeing. I will forever think of her as long as I have my pink rug. Thanks, Sheri, for being such an inspiration to us all !!
And to everyone else....please remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month....so please tell your friends and pass the word, that we all need to be warriors out there against this dreaded disease. To my fellow bloggers, please feel free to link to this post and its content to help pass the word.