Working on a Commission

The following series takes you through an exciting design project.  I was contacted in August of 2012 and the rug was delivered on April 5, 2013.  This design reflects the owner’s creativity in building their home and the natural site they chose.  In retrospect I would call the style Arts and Crafts (my mind and creativity are intertwined with the process).  The size is 40″ x 84″ and I used #8 cuts (1/4″ wide hand cut strips of wool) hooked through a primitive linen.

Steps involved contact from client based on a label on previous small mat purchased four years earlier.  We arranged a visit to the home to see surroundings, meet and discuss site in house, size, color, environment.  Three sketches were sent, the selected one was then drawn to scale and brought to the house with wools for color and approval.  At this point an estimated time for completion was established and deposit put down.  Wool prep including dyeing began and the hooking process is illustrated.  On final delivery the owners walked on the rug, and I photographed it at home.

5 thoughts on “Working on a Commission

  1. Susan

    Wow, what a project and huge accomplishment and a compliment to your hooking design style. Did you keep track of how much wool you used? And how did you finish the edge? Good old technical questions, ha, ha. Did you feel pressure to finish it for April, 2013 or was that a goal you set yourself with the clients? I like how you changed the blue in the piece. It really pops the whole design. Congrats on hooking a very very big piece. I am sure your clients were absolutely thrilled.


  2. Susan Feller Post author

    I set the delivery date, taking into consideration my full schedule. Winter is a good time to have a project for the studio, not much traveling to workshops. The edge is whipped using a Norwegian rug yarn with a strong twist. I selected a dark blue green and deep blue, both of which are the same value but the eye can notice the changes.


  3. Robin Inkpen

    This commissioned piece is fabulous. You are a genius! I gather it is an interpretation of the shadow thrown by the tree. The last photo of the rug in that shadow is inspired. Thank you for posting it here. It is wonderful to see the finished piece. Robin.


    1. Susan Feller Post author

      The strength of the oak trees around their house were my inspiration. The shadows mimic how I created the two direction design because of position in room.



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