The Beauport Museum includes 104 hooked rugs (75 of which are currently on view). Last year, the Collections Team at Historic New England worked hard preserving many of the rugs, which have deteriorated over the years due to age, ultra violet light, and tour traffic. You can read about their work here. But today we would like to announce the newest member of the rug collection, a reproduction piece in the Octagon Room.
In the fall of 2008, Sally Coon, President of the Orange Coast Classics Chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA
), Richard Nylander, former Senior Curator of Historic New England, and Pilar Garro, Beauport Site Manager worked together to select an interior hooked rug that could be reproduced. They decided on a rug located in the Octagon Room. It was in a high traffic area and included a rare geometric pattern. Ms. Coon traced the pattern and color matched the wool.
Back in California, the Orange Coast Classic Chapter members dyed the wool and started the rug. Each person was responsible for a small section– passing the rug from person to person until the rug was finished. In total, 27 people worked on the rug, which was completed this summer.
Diane Daniels (former President of the Orange Coast Classics Chapter) presented the reproduction hooked rug today to Pilar Garro. Along with the rug was a small journal with entries of all the participants throughout the process.
Here is a sample of two of the entries:
“It has been a joy and an honor to work on this rug. My interest in handcrafts of the past led me to rug hooking. Needless to say i’m ‘hooked’. I appreciate the opportunity to help re-create this rug for future generations.” Rosanne Zukle
“My hope is this rug will be enjoyed for many years to come! It is a worthwhile project to be a little part of history. I started hooking almost 60 years ago, and started again about 12 years ago! It has been a very special pleasure for me to hook on this rug with my daughter.” Jean Harris Coon, Corona del Mar, CA
Other participants were: Gene Shepherd, Debi Borden, Susan Kievman, Elise Roberts, Sally Coon, Peggy Johnson, Bobbie Crouse, Marcy Gurnett, Barbara Milakovich, Cathy Childester, Barbara Holden, Sylvia Esparza, Kathy Bunch, Julie Winkler, Susan Naples, Bernie Herron, Emily Gail Wyett, JoAnn Gonzalez, Iris Salter, Beth Stiel, Jane Olson, Karen Moore, Norma Flodman, and Diane Daniels.
The historic rug will be stored for safe keeping and the journal will be kept in Haverhill at the Collections and Conservation Center.