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It all started with weaving those darned potholders as a child. When I was in grade school a potholder was my "hostess gift" whenever I went on a sleepover to a friend's house. (The mothers of my two best friends ended up with quite a collection of "Kit originals" over the years.) I've always been drawn to the fiber arts: crocheting and knitting, quilting, needlepoint, petit point, counted cross-stitch, rug braiding. Letting people know that I'm an avid "hooker" is sometimes a little problematic I will admit, but I come by my passion honestly. I inherited the hooks and frames from my Nantucket grandmother Bertha Chase Gardiner (1895-1991). She was taught rug hooking by her mother, Ada Chase (1870-1966) who spent the long Nantucket winters applying the skills she learned from earlier generations in the family.

Ada's rugs were in the primitive design tradition, using fabrics, color palettes and…

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  • Joined January 23, 2009

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wool, burlap and a little imagination

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It all started with weaving those darned potholders as a child. When I was in grade school a potholder was my "hostess gift" whenever I went on a sleepover to a friend's house. (The mothers of my two best friends ended up with quite a collection of "Kit originals" over the years.) I've always been drawn to the fiber arts: crocheting and knitting, quilting, needlepoint, petit point, counted cross-stitch, rug braiding. Letting people know that I'm an avid "hooker" is sometimes a little problematic I will admit, but I come by my passion honestly. I inherited the hooks and frames from my Nantucket grandmother Bertha Chase Gardiner (1895-1991). She was taught rug hooking by her mother, Ada Chase (1870-1966) who spent the long Nantucket winters applying the skills she learned from earlier generations in the family.

Ada's rugs were in the primitive design tradition, using fabrics, color palettes and materials available at hand--primarily any woolen family clothing she could grab and cut into strips. My mother distinctly remembers as a child coming back up to Nantucket every spring only to discover that another of her well-loved coats or skirts was now incorporated into a new rug. That might go a long way to explaining why my mother never caught the hooking bug.

More than 60 years ago, after raising her family, my grandmother Bertha went back to rug hooking in earnest, refining her skills in dyeing, design, color and execution. Her later rugs were made from narrower strips of new wool that were hand-dyed for nuanced shading, creating a more elegant, sophisticated look. The rugs of both my grandmother and my great-grandmother are still found in homes across the country. We offer a small number of these gently used rugs from the personal family collection. Please email me to receive information on which rugs might be currently available.

I follow in Bertha's footsteps by using finely cut, new wool fabric from the Dorr Mill Store in Guild, NH, some over-dyed wools from local dyers and of course the time-honored foundation fabric of burlap, but that's where we part company. Bertha hooked only rugs; I hook everything BUT rugs! She excelled at Victorian florals with understated coloring and dramatic borders; my inspiration comes from primitive, traditional and, with a nod to my Nantucket roots, nautical designs. Every hooked piece we offer here at Off Soundings Design is one of a kind; like fingerprints, some may look similar but each is unique. You will recognize familiar design themes (I do love my beehives, cats and sheep!) but because each piece is drawn by hand, with no template, and color palettes vary depending on what I have in my studio's wool cupboard, each one is different.

So, I hope you enjoy our Etsy offerings. If you would like more information about hooking or custom work, please visit our website at www.offsoundingsdesign.com.

PS: And, yes, I still have my potholder loom, crochet hook and a bag of loops. You never know when you'll get invited to a sleepover!

Happy woolly dreams, Kit.

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