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My lucky friend Sandi who is spending some time in Florida took a class last year with teacher Polly Minick. Polly has been designing rugs, wool and teaching (and hooking!!) for many years and has written a number of books. I am lucky enough to have a few of the ones she wrote or coauthored with her sister Laurie Simpson who is a quilter.  Sandi went to a trunk show/lecture by Polly last week and took these pix and I thought I would share them with you as they are lovely. Some of the rugs have a definite, what I consider, Nantucket feel to them – beachy, soft tones and vintage look… or a distinct Americana look and a very limited blue, cream, red colour palette… To read more about Polly and her exploits check her blog at…

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Years ago when I started hooking, my teacher and mentor, Tony Latham, took a group of us down to Victory Mills, NY to a rug show put on by Dick Labarge. Dick is an amazing hooker, teacher and master dyer. Tony and I were lucky enough to spend a day in the dye kitchen with Dick the Mad Professor (Dick had a wild and fun approach to dyeing that totally inspired me) while Gord spent time with Dick’s partner George Kahnle playing with the computer. George was an amazing designer of primitive folk art rugs and he and Dick would teach together at many rug camps. Sadly, last week George passed away. He will be missed by those whose lives he touched with his wonderful designs and generous spirit.

6 responses »

  1. Polly and her sister make beautiful rugs and quilts. I have gotten several kits from her.

  2. I love Polly Minick’s rugs and have hooked a number of them and will continue to hook many many more. i just love everything about her style. My version of her Christmas stocking is on her blog.

  3. Thank you for sharing these wonderful rugs. I love Polly Minick’s work!

  4. I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful rugs thanks you for sharing Loretta

  5. Hi Loretta, where can i find the books…and what are the titles???txs for sharing . A.

  6. Polly has a definite style that is for sure.
    They look wonderful together, as a collection.

    Thanks for sharing the photos.


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