Nova Scotia Rug Hooker, Laura Kenney

I have a good friend who likes to hook rugs. Years ago, when I first learned about her hobby, I thought it was pretty cool and enormously envied the rugs she had up all over her house (I still do). I suddenly wished to be a rug hooker, but realistically knew that I just wanted Laura to make them for me. Because, let’s face it, I like to read too much to start making rugs.

Meet Laura…

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Her rug-hooking room and her home-dyed wool…

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Some things to know about Laura’s rugs…

  • they’re so beautiful that they hurt to look at
  • they’re so wonderful that you cringe at the thought of each sale (I don’t now how she does it)
  • they can be fun and whimsical
  • they can be dark and depressing
  • they can be political and timely
  • they have graced the walls of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, as well as many other smaller galleries around Nova Scotia

And now for the rugs… There are so many great rugs, I tried to contain myself. But who wouldn’t want to look at these for hours?

Ballerinas

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Families

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Empty Nest

Scenes

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Lighthouses

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Now, meet Judy…

Judy

This is Judy, a lively character is many of Laura’s rugs.

Judy saving the lighthouses

Judy saving the lighthouses

Judy waiting for the cat to let her out.

Judy waiting for the cat to let her out.

Judy at the end of a hard day.

Judy at the end of a hard day.

Judy attempting a selfie.

Judy attempting a selfie.

Judy hanging out the wash.

Judy hanging out the wash.

Judy getting ready to go out.

Judy getting ready to go out.

Judy caught in a wind storm.

Judy caught in a wind storm.

Judy on election night.

Judy on election night.

Judy welcoming the Syrian refugees.

Judy welcoming the Syrian refugees.

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Judy thinking of the victims of Orlando.

And, because you knew it was coming, a couple of bookish rugs…

I would rather read than iron.

I would rather read than iron.

A little bathroom reading.

The rugs I have on my own walls… (my photography skills are lacking)

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I made this little beauty myself.

I made this little beauty myself.

Laura made this rug of my kids for me a few years ago. My favourite. :)

Laura made this rug of my kids for me a few years ago. My favourite. 🙂

Laura’s rugs amaze and inspire me. She hooks the same way I read; compulsively, and with passion. I think this is why we understand one another.

In this interview with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Laura talks about her connection to making art in Nova Scotia, and her plans for the future (more hooking!).

For more information about Laura and her rugs, and oodles of ruggles to goggle, visit her website.

*Thank you Laura, for letting me write a post about you! And for letting me use all your pictures! 

 

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Nova Scotia Rug Hooker, Laura Kenney

  1. FictionFan says:

    These are fabulous – I love the wit in them! I particularly loved the one of Judy hanging out the washing – made me laugh out loud. I’ve done a fair amount of crafting of lots of different kinds in my time, but always to patterns – I so envy people with the creativity to design their own. Does Laura create patterns for other people to make her designs?

    • Naomi says:

      For some reason it doesn’t surprise me that you especially like the one of Judy hanging the man out to dry. 😉

      She doesn’t create patterns for other people at this point. They are so clever, aren’t they? The things she thinks of! The one she’s working on now is of Judy standing on her telephone – trying to see what all the fuss is about when people say they’ve been “on the phone” all day.

  2. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautful quirky rugs. What a talent your friend has! I do quite a lot of making and was only thinking the other day that I’ve never had a go at making a rag rug. Now I feel quite inspired. 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      I’ve only made the one little star rug, but it was fun and very satisfying. You should give it a go! Then take a picture. 🙂
      I’m glad you liked the post!

  3. Bina says:

    Whoa these are amazing, your friend is seriously talented! Now I want those rugs, I didn’t know I needed them. Where can I get a Laura!?😊

  4. The Cue Card says:

    How much does she sell them for? Very pretty. I like the pink ballerina rug at top and the bright ones you have. Really nice!

    • Naomi says:

      The price depends on the size and how long it takes her to make. You can get a better idea from Laura directly if you want. Her contact information is on her website!

  5. Lisa Hill says:

    My father used to hook rugs, they were beautiful. Simple black backgrounds with flowers in the middle. They were in use, on the floor. I wish now that I’d asked him to do one for me.

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