Traditional Rug Hooking — Wool on Cotton or Linen Backing
Checkmate Farm Rug Studio Guest
18923 Checkmate Lane, Bluemont, Virginia 20135
Snickers Gap Cluster, Stop #31
About the Artist
Sharon Saknit has been hooking rugs for 23 years. She first saw traditionally hooked rugs at a chance encounter in Southern California. She immediately fell in love with the art form and started taking classes never expecting that this would be a life long love. In a disposable world the idea of having something to leave behind was part of what attracted Sharon to rug hooking. This art form is rooted in history and started as a way to provide a much needed practical item and has evolved into a true artistic movement. The women of yesteryear used their leftover clothing and scraps to hook their floor coverings while today we hand dye select woolens to create works of art that will last a lifetime. Rug hooking involves several different creative processes from designing the pattern to dyeing the wool and finally pulling the loops. Sharon finds each phase gratifying in its own way. Sharon is known for her unexpected use of color and bold palette. She loves pushing the envelope in both the dye pot and in her color planning. Sharon is a McGown certified rug hooking teacher and has taught throughout the US for the past 20 years. She is trained in all styles and aspects of rug hooking and finds her favorite to be impressionistic shading in a 6 or 8 cut wool strip. Sharon's work has been on display in the Carnegie Museum and the Hooked Rug Museum of North America. Her works have been published in several books including Hooked on Rugs and the Creative Rug Hooker, both by Jessie Turbayne, the Rug Hooking Bible by Gene Shepherd & Jane Olson, and have appeared in Celebrations XVII & XXIV. She also is a guest writer for Rug Hooking Magazine sharing her processes and experiences with readers. Passing on an awareness and handing down the craft of rug hooking is part of the passion that drives Sharon in how she creates and can be seen in her work.
Offering on tour: Rug patterns, hand dyed wool, rug hooking books, rug hooking supplies, and hand hooked works of art for sale.
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