Hooked Rugs by Micheline Mann
Had a lovely chat recently with Micheline Mann, a rug hooker up near Port Elgin. For the past four years she’s been creating what she calls “modern day heirlooms” using the traditional crafting method. Her cottage series of hooked rugs are inspired by the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven, and are quite fresh and vibrant—not your usual stodgy hooked rug affairs.
Micheline uses linen backings into which she hooks 100 per cent wool yardage, sliced strips of wool fabric (some rug hooking uses yarn). Treated well, the rugs should last longer than a lifetime. They’re made sturdy enough to walk on, but some of Micheline’s clients prefer to hang them on on the wall, as art pieces.
The pieces aren’t inexpensive–they’re about $1,100 for a welcome-mat size and go up from there–but when you think about the amount of handwork that goes into each one, you wouldn’t really expect them to go for much less. Every rug is one of a kind (Micheline will use parts of patterns from rugs she’s made before, but always changes it up a bit), and you can custom order them to include your cottage or family name. And if you want an image of your cottage or favourite lake spot, Micheline will create a custom design from a supplied photo.
Micheline also holds rug hooking workshops at her place, an old schoolhouse that she spent a lot of time renovating to fabulous results. She’s allowed me to share a few photos of her place with you. Very inspiring.
I love all the vintage collections she has around the schoolhouse, from old kitchen utensils to paint-by-number artworks.
If you’re in Bruce County this weekend and interested in seeing Micheline’s place and her work in person, she’s holding an open house Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find her on Bruce Road 3 about four minutes north of Paisley. Tell her I say hi.