My final words on 'The Hidden Stone'

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to be able to record autobiographies of my rugs. My blog has taken on a life of its own, far away from this original intention. So given that yesterday I dyed another hue in my palette and I don't wish to bore you with another photo of dyed wool, I thought I would take a minute to finish talking about my memories of The Hidden Stone, my first rug.

I submitted a story about my rug and pictures to Rug Hooking Magazine in 1996. I still have the handwritten postcard sent to me by Brenda Wilt telling me that she wanted to publish it as a First Rug on the Last Page article "but in all fairness I must tell you that it may be a while until we get to it," she writes. "We have quite a few 'first rug' stories already, and so it may be a year or more until we get to yours." Well, it was two years later when it came out in the November-December 1998 issue. But I remember being proud as a peacock seeing my first rug in print.

I exhibited the rug in the Manchester County Fair 1997 (Michigan) where it took first place. I also exhibited it at Sauder Village Traditional Rug Hooking Exhibition 1999 where it took Honorable Mention.

I remains my favorite rug and has hung in my living room ever since I hooked it.