Get “Hooked on Rugs” at the MVTM
From March 3 to April 11, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is featuring the work of fibre artists Lesli Zanetti and Loretta Moore in the Nora Rosamond Hughes Gallery. Their hooked rugs are a delight, with artful designs from primitive to modern.
Lesli’s interest in rug hooking began with a 1992 visit to Cape Breton, where she was struck by the unique and complex Acadian scenes depicted on beautiful rugs. On a subsequent trip to Newfoundland she was drawn to the vibrant colours and simple scenes of their rugs.
With one of Deanne Fitzpatrick’s rug hooking kits, Lesli taught herself to hook, and her passion for the craft was firmly entrenched. After 10 years, Lesli has found her own style. She prefers to use recycled wool from garments donated by friends or found at second hand shops. Imagining the history embedded in a wool garment as it is ripped apart and refashioned into a new rug is an important part of her creative process. She describes her rugs as simple in style, bordering on the primitive, but without a traditional palette. Somehow, she just has to inject bright colours into her designs
Loretta’s passion for fibre arts developed at an early age, sitting in her mom’s sewing room and making doll’s clothes from scraps. She later made her own clothing and learned to quilt. It was in a quilt shop that she discovered her first rug hooking kit. “After the first few loops I pulled, I realized that I had discovered a fibre art that appealed to every creative bone in my body. I loved the almost zenlike feel of pulling loops, loved playing with colour and developing my own through dyeing, and loved the final product,” says Loretta. While her preferred style is primitive, folk art wide-cut rugs, she loves playing with various fibres and techniques. She also teaches and sells supplies through her business “Hooked on the Lake.”
Don’t miss a chance to enjoy these wonderful rugs. You may well become “hooked” yourself. Both artists will be conducting demonstrations in the gallery on March 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be a vernissage on Saturday, March 7 from 2 pm to 4 pm. For more information call the Museum at 613- 256-3754.