Holidays

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My holiday rugs revolve around Christmas, the Fourth of July, and Valentine's Day. Angels, hearts of all kinds, Saint Nicholas and my personal take on flags are some of the themes I love working with. It's nice to bring out a Santa rug at Christmas or to give a small heart rug to the one you love on Valentine's Day. Please get in touch with to talk about your special event and how I can help in making it even more memorable.

In the list below, click on an image or its title to expand it. Available rugs are found throughout the list and you'll be taken to my Big Cartel shop by clicking on the link.

 

 

 

More Holiday Rugs

Pinks Valentine

This mat has a crazy number of colors -- between the heart that's made of a vibrant plaid and the background that uses another plaid that has a multitude of colors in it. It measures 9" high by 8" wide, is bound with a dark blue twill tape, and has a muslin sleeve and dowel. | Click title for larger image.

Pinks Valentine

This mat has a crazy number of colors -- between the heart that's made of a vibrant plaid and the background that uses another plaid that has a multitude of colors in it. It measures 9" high by 8" wide, is bound with a dark blue twill tape, and has a muslin sleeve and dowel.

Brightest Heart

Just what is needed in these cold wintery days. This small mat measures 7" high by 8"wide and is made of hand dyed and as-is wools on a linen foundation. Its binding is an off red twill tape. It can be hung on the wall or used on a table.  | Click title for larger image.

Brightest Heart

Just what is needed in these cold wintery days. This small mat measures 7" high by 8"wide and is made of hand dyed and as-is wools on a linen foundation. Its binding is an off red twill tape. It can be hung on the wall or used on a table. 

Little Yellow Tulip Heart

Made with a background of a black and white tweed dyed blue, the colors of this small mat all seem happy. It measures 8" high by 7" wide and would be beautiful on the wall in a small spot that needs something that promises Spring.  | Click title for larger image.

Little Yellow Tulip Heart

Made with a background of a black and white tweed dyed blue, the colors of this small mat all seem happy. It measures 8" high by 7" wide and would be beautiful on the wall in a small spot that needs something that promises Spring. 

Thin Twig

Thin Twig has a beautiful soft blue background of hand dyed wool. The bird is made of many tweeds all mixed together with a bright red eye. It measures 10" wide by 14" high and has a muslin sleeve and dowel to display it on the wall. Nice on a table too.  | Click title for larger image.

Thin Twig

Thin Twig has a beautiful soft blue background of hand dyed wool. The bird is made of many tweeds all mixed together with a bright red eye. It measures 10" wide by 14" high and has a muslin sleeve and dowel to display it on the wall. Nice on a table too. 

Pink Heart Valentine


Pink Heart Valentine is a small Valentine rug just right for hanging on the wall from its braided loop. It has the old heart with a stem and the small circular shapes inside the heart. It measures 9 inches in diameter. It's in a private collection in New Jersey. | Click title for larger image.

Pink Heart Valentine


Pink Heart Valentine is a small Valentine rug just right for hanging on the wall from its braided loop. It has the old heart with a stem and the small circular shapes inside the heart. It measures 9 inches in diameter. It's in a private collection in New Jersey.

Small Hanging Heart


This small 5 inch hanging heart is the perfect gift for a Valentine who is into all things old and bright. This one hangs from a bright red braided hanger. This particular small hanging Valentine is sold, but I can easily make more with similar colors. This small rug costs $35 and ships for $5. Just send me an email if you'd like one. | Click title for larger image.

Small Hanging Heart


This small 5 inch hanging heart is the perfect gift for a Valentine who is into all things old and bright. This one hangs from a bright red braided hanger. This particular small hanging Valentine is sold, but I can easily make more with similar colors. This small rug costs $35 and ships for $5. Just send me an email if you'd like one.

Little Fur Hearts


Little Fur Hearts is a small hanging rug that has bright pink and red hearts surrounded by a grey tweed that reminds me of fur (for some reason). I think it's the little bit of different tweed that kind of jolts the eye. It is cheerful, bright, and unique and a great present for your valentine. It measures 9 inches high by 5 inches wide and has a tan and red calico backing. This Valentine is in a private collection in New Jersey. | Click title for larger image.

Little Fur Hearts


Little Fur Hearts is a small hanging rug that has bright pink and red hearts surrounded by a grey tweed that reminds me of fur (for some reason). I think it's the little bit of different tweed that kind of jolts the eye. It is cheerful, bright, and unique and a great present for your valentine. It measures 9 inches high by 5 inches wide and has a tan and red calico backing. This Valentine is in a private collection in New Jersey.

Toothy Valentine


Toothy Valentine has a red central heart with small black "teeth" around its edge that are reminiscent of the sawtooth motif in 19th century work. I loved making it. It costs $85 and ships for $5. Please click here to go directly to my Big Cartel shop to purchase. | Click title for larger image.

Toothy Valentine


Toothy Valentine has a red central heart with small black "teeth" around its edge that are reminiscent of the sawtooth motif in 19th century work. I loved making it. It costs $85 and ships for $5. Please click here to go directly to my Big Cartel shop to purchase.

Two Star Heart


Two Star Heart revisits a favorite theme – a heart with two stars on either side. It makes it so much more than a simple heart. This rug is accented by the black edge that echoes the black in the hand-dyed red plaids in the heart. Its bound on the back with wild reproduction fabric. It measures 9" high by 12.5" wide. This rug was priced at $150 and is in a private collection in New Jersey.
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Two Star Heart


Two Star Heart revisits a favorite theme – a heart with two stars on either side. It makes it so much more than a simple heart. This rug is accented by the black edge that echoes the black in the hand-dyed red plaids in the heart. Its bound on the back with wild reproduction fabric. It measures 9" high by 12.5" wide. This rug was priced at $150 and is in a private collection in New Jersey.

Double Hearts


Double Hearts is a small rug with lots of color. The background is a deep garnet red. The two hearts have rows of red plaids and pink tweeds. The binding is a bias tape of reproduction fabric. It measures 12.5" high by 7.5" wide and is be lovely on the table or hung on the wall.  | Click title for larger image.

Double Hearts


Double Hearts is a small rug with lots of color. The background is a deep garnet red. The two hearts have rows of red plaids and pink tweeds. The binding is a bias tape of reproduction fabric. It measures 12.5" high by 7.5" wide and is be lovely on the table or hung on the wall. 

Be Mine


Be Mine was started and abandoned some time ago. I found it recently and finished it. The final result was certainly very different from what I'd originally intended, and I like it a lot more. The reds are all hand-dyed – some plain wool and some wild plaids all thrown into the same dye bath. The tan background gives a resting place for all the reds and pinks. This rug measures 15.5" square. It is in a private collection.  | Click title for larger image.

Be Mine


Be Mine was started and abandoned some time ago. I found it recently and finished it. The final result was certainly very different from what I'd originally intended, and I like it a lot more. The reds are all hand-dyed – some plain wool and some wild plaids all thrown into the same dye bath. The tan background gives a resting place for all the reds and pinks. This rug measures 15.5" square. It is in a private collection. 

December Angel Sampler


This is the latest of my samplers. I find the dark tweed edge really exciting. I have a pile of small wooden panels that are underpainted or stained, then painted with milk paint and distressed. I add a small rug and antique hardware and it's ready to display either from a nail on the wall or leaning on the mantle. The rug is attached safely so that it can be taken off if need be. This one measures 12" high by 11" wide. A sampler generally costs between $90. and $150 depending on the size and complexity. | Click title for larger image.

December Angel Sampler


This is the latest of my samplers. I find the dark tweed edge really exciting. I have a pile of small wooden panels that are underpainted or stained, then painted with milk paint and distressed. I add a small rug and antique hardware and it's ready to display either from a nail on the wall or leaning on the mantle. The rug is attached safely so that it can be taken off if need be. This one measures 12" high by 11" wide. A sampler generally costs between $90. and $150 depending on the size and complexity.

Noel Star


Noel Star is a rug that I started and then turned away from in order to make commissioned rugs. This fall I found it and carried it to my rug circle that meets on Wednesdays to see if I could finish it in time for the holidays. The star means a lot to me -- it's based on a beautiful drawing that my daughter did when she was really young. The background is full of color -- blues, reds, plaids, purples, oranges. I love the outer edge of this rug, the reassuring shape it assumed in the making process. It measures 26" high by 17" wide. This rug is in a privare collection. | Click title for larger image.

Noel Star


Noel Star is a rug that I started and then turned away from in order to make commissioned rugs. This fall I found it and carried it to my rug circle that meets on Wednesdays to see if I could finish it in time for the holidays. The star means a lot to me -- it's based on a beautiful drawing that my daughter did when she was really young. The background is full of color -- blues, reds, plaids, purples, oranges. I love the outer edge of this rug, the reassuring shape it assumed in the making process. It measures 26" high by 17" wide. This rug is in a privare collection.

Gold-Edged Star


This rug is also in Geometrics and Floral Rugs, but it seems to fit here in the Holiday Rugs section equally well. I love the way the blues vary in the background and that each small section has a deeper blue center. The middle of the star is made using a great plaid that's red, green and off white. Hooked in, it makes a wonderfully mixed up and surprising color field. Gold-Edged Star measures 10" high by 11" wide. It's a rug with a lot of excitement and is a private collection in New Jersey.
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Gold-Edged Star


This rug is also in Geometrics and Floral Rugs, but it seems to fit here in the Holiday Rugs section equally well. I love the way the blues vary in the background and that each small section has a deeper blue center. The middle of the star is made using a great plaid that's red, green and off white. Hooked in, it makes a wonderfully mixed up and surprising color field. Gold-Edged Star measures 10" high by 11" wide. It's a rug with a lot of excitement and is a private collection in New Jersey.

Christmas Star Stocking


I love certain things about Christmas. We have always had the most beautiful trees, full of gentle lights and ornaments that often we've made by hand. I also love holiday music, thinking of the animals on Christmas Eve (when, they say, animals can talk), the presents for the beautiful daughter in the morning, and the lovely dinner later in the day. I'm for some reason in a Christmas mood off and on all year long. I'm making stockings with the star theme this year. I'll make one big one (22" high) and as many smaller ones (14"high) as you need for your family. The large stocking is $125 and the smaller ones are $65 each. I add a backing of reproduction fabric that brings out the front design. Wools and backing fabrics will vary, but not much. The stockings have a muslin lining so Santa can actually use them! Order early! Click here to go to my Big Cartel to place an order.
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Christmas Star Stocking


I love certain things about Christmas. We have always had the most beautiful trees, full of gentle lights and ornaments that often we've made by hand. I also love holiday music, thinking of the animals on Christmas Eve (when, they say, animals can talk), the presents for the beautiful daughter in the morning, and the lovely dinner later in the day. I'm for some reason in a Christmas mood off and on all year long. I'm making stockings with the star theme this year. I'll make one big one (22" high) and as many smaller ones (14"high) as you need for your family. The large stocking is $125 and the smaller ones are $65 each. I add a backing of reproduction fabric that brings out the front design. Wools and backing fabrics will vary, but not much. The stockings have a muslin lining so Santa can actually use them! Order early! Click here to go to my Big Cartel to place an order.

Angel with a Blue Dress

I like making small rugs - this one measures 11" high by 7" wide. It can be displayed on the wall by using its blue braided hanger or on a dowel. Great for the holidays or for anyone who loves angels (there are many who do). This angel is in a private collection in Idaho. | Click title for larger image.

Angel with a Blue Dress

I like making small rugs - this one measures 11" high by 7" wide. It can be displayed on the wall by using its blue braided hanger or on a dowel. Great for the holidays or for anyone who loves angels (there are many who do). This angel is in a private collection in Idaho.

Pink Heavens Angel

This small rug seemed to hold just the perfect amount of angel-ness. It measures 11"high by 6.5"wide. Its binding on the back is made of reproduction fabric. It fills a small section of wall nicely and makes the holidays even more special. | Click title for larger image.

Pink Heavens Angel

This small rug seemed to hold just the perfect amount of angel-ness. It measures 11"high by 6.5"wide. Its binding on the back is made of reproduction fabric. It fills a small section of wall nicely and makes the holidays even more special.

Noel


Noel has holly leaves and berries. It's a wonderful small decorative rug to bring out at the holidays and place in a small wall area. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wool on a linen foundation. The dimensions of this rug are 9" high by 18" wide. It's in a private collection in Pennsylvania.
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Noel


Noel has holly leaves and berries. It's a wonderful small decorative rug to bring out at the holidays and place in a small wall area. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wool on a linen foundation. The dimensions of this rug are 9" high by 18" wide. It's in a private collection in Pennsylvania.

Saint Nicholas


It can be a daunting task to make a good Santa image. I love the old postcards that have St. Nicholas in a brown wool coat, brown leather boots, broad belt, and a big bag full of enchanting toys for the children on his list. This rug has some of that, but undoubtedly I'll try again soon to make a great Santa. This rug is in the private collection of second-home neighbors who live near Delhi. | Click title for larger image.

Saint Nicholas


It can be a daunting task to make a good Santa image. I love the old postcards that have St. Nicholas in a brown wool coat, brown leather boots, broad belt, and a big bag full of enchanting toys for the children on his list. This rug has some of that, but undoubtedly I'll try again soon to make a great Santa. This rug is in the private collection of second-home neighbors who live near Delhi.

Golden Angels


I've made a few angel rugs – some are good-sized and some are small, ornamental-sized pieces. This one is based on the beautiful 19th century theme of two angels holding torches, standing near a bush with celestial rays in the sky. I always obsess over the color and shape of the slippers – they have to be just the right size and color, and placed in the perfect place for the rug to be okay. This rug is in a private collection. | Click title for larger image.

Golden Angels


I've made a few angel rugs – some are good-sized and some are small, ornamental-sized pieces. This one is based on the beautiful 19th century theme of two angels holding torches, standing near a bush with celestial rays in the sky. I always obsess over the color and shape of the slippers – they have to be just the right size and color, and placed in the perfect place for the rug to be okay. This rug is in a private collection.

Four Hearts


A young girl fell in love with this small rug at the Taste of the Catskills Festival. She thought it would be good beside her bed. Her father seemed to not give it a second thought. He purchased it for her and they tucked it into their bag and went on their way. The small rug measures 12.5" high by 11" wide and is made of hand-dyed and as-is wools on a linen foundation. The lucky little girl can display it on the wall or on the floor by her bed. Who knows – she may have an entirely different use planned for it. I hope she enjoys it. | Click title for larger image.

Four Hearts


A young girl fell in love with this small rug at the Taste of the Catskills Festival. She thought it would be good beside her bed. Her father seemed to not give it a second thought. He purchased it for her and they tucked it into their bag and went on their way. The small rug measures 12.5" high by 11" wide and is made of hand-dyed and as-is wools on a linen foundation. The lucky little girl can display it on the wall or on the floor by her bed. Who knows – she may have an entirely different use planned for it. I hope she enjoys it.

Glisten


A small rug with a blue and red border that always seems to glisten when I look at it. Simple hearts are a wonderful way to convey love to someone special. This rug measures 8" high by 8.5" wide and comes with a muslin sleeve for display on the wall. It's available for purchase for $50. Please click here to visit my online shop.
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Glisten


A small rug with a blue and red border that always seems to glisten when I look at it. Simple hearts are a wonderful way to convey love to someone special. This rug measures 8" high by 8.5" wide and comes with a muslin sleeve for display on the wall. It's available for purchase for $50. Please click here to visit my online shop.

Big Heart


This rug has hearts within hearts, which is what it's all about. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wools, on a linen foundation, with a muslin sleeve and dowel to display it on the wall. It's 14" high by 13" wide.
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Big Heart


This rug has hearts within hearts, which is what it's all about. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wools, on a linen foundation, with a muslin sleeve and dowel to display it on the wall. It's 14" high by 13" wide.

Heart of Gold


The gold of this heart rug is made of a striped yellow and off-white stripe fabric that reminds me of summer corn. I always think of my favorite singer/songwriter, Neil Young, when I look at this rug. It measures 11" high by 15" wide and is complete with a muslin sleeve and dowel for display on the wall. The motif of a heart with circles created not by a circular line, but by radiating straight lines, is a wonderful old idea that always seems to work well in a rug. I make a lot of heart rugs and they go to all kinds of people– sweethearts, little girls who like all heart-related things, and people celebrating weddings and anniversaries. This rug is available for $175. Please click here to visit my Store page to purchase. | Click title for larger image.

Heart of Gold


The gold of this heart rug is made of a striped yellow and off-white stripe fabric that reminds me of summer corn. I always think of my favorite singer/songwriter, Neil Young, when I look at this rug. It measures 11" high by 15" wide and is complete with a muslin sleeve and dowel for display on the wall. The motif of a heart with circles created not by a circular line, but by radiating straight lines, is a wonderful old idea that always seems to work well in a rug. I make a lot of heart rugs and they go to all kinds of people– sweethearts, little girls who like all heart-related things, and people celebrating weddings and anniversaries. This rug is available for $175. Please click here to visit my Store page to purchase.

June Flag


A large 4th of July rug, this one measures 22" high by 31" wide. It's very different from Four Stars, the other large 4th of July holiday rug. This one is brighter and full of stripes going many different directions. It's not a replica of our flag, but an interpretation of it. It is $600. Please click here to visit my online store.
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June Flag


A large 4th of July rug, this one measures 22" high by 31" wide. It's very different from Four Stars, the other large 4th of July holiday rug. This one is brighter and full of stripes going many different directions. It's not a replica of our flag, but an interpretation of it. It is $600. Please click here to visit my online store.

Four Stars


This rug is great to get out during July to celebrate our country's spirit. It's 20" high by 26" wide and has, as you can see, an uneven edge, which I like a lot. I love flags, but they are nearly always so perfectly rectangular–this rug breaks with that tradition. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wools, with muted colors that meld together well. It comes complete with muslin sleeve and dowel, so that it can be displayed in a prominent place in a country home for city dwellers on vacation during the hot months of summer. This rug is available for purchase for $500. Click here to visit my online store.
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Four Stars


This rug is great to get out during July to celebrate our country's spirit. It's 20" high by 26" wide and has, as you can see, an uneven edge, which I like a lot. I love flags, but they are nearly always so perfectly rectangular–this rug breaks with that tradition. It's made of hand-dyed and as-is wools, with muted colors that meld together well. It comes complete with muslin sleeve and dowel, so that it can be displayed in a prominent place in a country home for city dwellers on vacation during the hot months of summer. This rug is available for purchase for $500. Click here to visit my online store.