Animals Tall & Sturdy

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Many of my rugs are of the animals that carry riders or pull carts or provide the wool that eventually makes its way into my work. I'm particularly fond of horses and watch them in fields near my house whenever I run across them. Sheep, goats, oxen are all favorite subjects for my rugs. When you're investigating the rugs below, be sure to click on the image or its title so that you will be taken to a larger image of the rug for closer inspection.

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More Tall & Sturdy Animals

Blue-Eyed Pony

Blue-Eyed Pony has a small bit of bright blue for her eye. I'm enjoying making really dark backgrounds these days -- changing the time of day and weather. This rug has lots of hand dyed and as-is wools in it. Its binding is a red striped bias and it is fitted with a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. It costs $300 and can be purchased at my Big Cartel shop by clicking here. | Click title for larger image.

Blue-Eyed Pony

Blue-Eyed Pony has a small bit of bright blue for her eye. I'm enjoying making really dark backgrounds these days -- changing the time of day and weather. This rug has lots of hand dyed and as-is wools in it. Its binding is a red striped bias and it is fitted with a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. It costs $300 and can be purchased at my Big Cartel shop by clicking here.

Night Horse

All the dark blue wools turned this horse rug into one about nighttime. Lately I've loved placing a small bush in front of the horse. This rug has a bright, sweet bird riding along on the horse's back. The rug measures 16" high by 20" wide, has a blue flowered calico binding on the back, a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. I've attached a handstamped label to the back, as I do with all my rugs. This rug is in a private collection in Pennsylvania.   | Click title for larger image.

Night Horse

All the dark blue wools turned this horse rug into one about nighttime. Lately I've loved placing a small bush in front of the horse. This rug has a bright, sweet bird riding along on the horse's back. The rug measures 16" high by 20" wide, has a blue flowered calico binding on the back, a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. I've attached a handstamped label to the back, as I do with all my rugs. This rug is in a private collection in Pennsylvania.

 

Brown Horse

This horse rug makes me think of the days when horses worked on all the farms. It looks as if it's waiting to be hitched up to a wagon, or harness so that it could pull logs out of the forest. Come to think of it, I could definitely use one myself! The rug measures 10.5" high by 16" wide and costs $200. Please check it out (more views of the riotous callco back) on my Big Cartel shop by clicking here. | Click title for larger image.

Brown Horse

This horse rug makes me think of the days when horses worked on all the farms. It looks as if it's waiting to be hitched up to a wagon, or harness so that it could pull logs out of the forest. Come to think of it, I could definitely use one myself! The rug measures 10.5" high by 16" wide and costs $200. Please check it out (more views of the riotous callco back) on my Big Cartel shop by clicking here.

Sweet Bush Pony

Sweet Bush Pony is based on my childhood desire to have a dappled grey horse. I thought that dappled grey was the best color. I've combined this dream pony with another motif I'm fond of -- a small bush with bright blossoms. I like the disparity in proportions -- small bush, big pony. The grass is a mixture of many greens, and the pink background is a color I sometimes see early in the morning here in the mountains. Sweet Bush Pony measures 20" high by 30" wide, and has a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. It's made with hand-dyed and as-is wool on linen with a reproduction fabric binding on the back. The price for this rug is $650. It has been sold to a collector in California. | Click title for larger image.

Sweet Bush Pony

Sweet Bush Pony is based on my childhood desire to have a dappled grey horse. I thought that dappled grey was the best color. I've combined this dream pony with another motif I'm fond of -- a small bush with bright blossoms. I like the disparity in proportions -- small bush, big pony. The grass is a mixture of many greens, and the pink background is a color I sometimes see early in the morning here in the mountains. Sweet Bush Pony measures 20" high by 30" wide, and has a muslin sleeve and dowel for wall display. It's made with hand-dyed and as-is wool on linen with a reproduction fabric binding on the back. The price for this rug is $650. It has been sold to a collector in California.

Janis' Just Plain Horse


It's always initially a challenge to make a rug based on one I've made before. I'm a little hesitant, a little worried that I won't find my way. But usually once I get started, the rug kind of takes on a life of its own, and becomes something new, with its own color and design, its own rhythms and story. That's what happened here. My customer said to just have the delivery person drop it over the fence (she lives in California). Besides awakening a real urge to move to California, I was also really glad to be sending a large beautiful rug to someone whose take on life is so gentle and trusting, much like the horse in this rug. The rug measures 20" high by 30" wide. | Click title for larger image.

Janis' Just Plain Horse


It's always initially a challenge to make a rug based on one I've made before. I'm a little hesitant, a little worried that I won't find my way. But usually once I get started, the rug kind of takes on a life of its own, and becomes something new, with its own color and design, its own rhythms and story. That's what happened here. My customer said to just have the delivery person drop it over the fence (she lives in California). Besides awakening a real urge to move to California, I was also really glad to be sending a large beautiful rug to someone whose take on life is so gentle and trusting, much like the horse in this rug. The rug measures 20" high by 30" wide.

Three Bags Full


I made a series of three blue and white rugs of sheep. Each sheep has its own personality – this one seems mildly perky. The border of what's called lamb's tongues was really fun to make and is really right for this rug. The series of three are in a private collection in New York. | Click title for larger image.

Three Bags Full


I made a series of three blue and white rugs of sheep. Each sheep has its own personality – this one seems mildly perky. The border of what's called lamb's tongues was really fun to make and is really right for this rug. The series of three are in a private collection in New York.

Half-Circle Sheep


The sheep fits perfectly into the half-circle shape of this small rug (7" by 8"). It hangs from a wire which adds to its charm. This rug is in a private collection. | Click title for larger image.

Half-Circle Sheep


The sheep fits perfectly into the half-circle shape of this small rug (7" by 8"). It hangs from a wire which adds to its charm. This rug is in a private collection.

Half-Circle Pony


I made a series of half-circle rugs that hang from an attached wire. I like the shape and the way it fits animals. The rug measures 7" high by 8" wide. It's great for a small wall or door. This small unusual rug is in a collection filled with many horse images in California.
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Half-Circle Pony


I made a series of half-circle rugs that hang from an attached wire. I like the shape and the way it fits animals. The rug measures 7" high by 8" wide. It's great for a small wall or door. This small unusual rug is in a collection filled with many horse images in California.

Black Stockings


There's a field that I pass once a week or so that sometimes has a herd of beautiful horses. They inspire me to keep making my horse rugs. The one in this rug has black stockings and a varied brown body. The thin border seemed right to me and echoes the black stockings. It's in a private collection. | Click title for larger image.

Black Stockings


There's a field that I pass once a week or so that sometimes has a herd of beautiful horses. They inspire me to keep making my horse rugs. The one in this rug has black stockings and a varied brown body. The thin border seemed right to me and echoes the black stockings. It's in a private collection.

Clem


Part of the series of three rugs all using the same wools so that they can be used in a master bedroom and bath of a country house. I have wanted to make an ox rug for years and finally got my chance. If I discover that there are oxen at a fair or festival, you can barely tear me away. This rug have odd round shapes at the top that refer to the small wire fencing you find once in a while. | Click title for larger image.

Clem


Part of the series of three rugs all using the same wools so that they can be used in a master bedroom and bath of a country house. I have wanted to make an ox rug for years and finally got my chance. If I discover that there are oxen at a fair or festival, you can barely tear me away. This rug have odd round shapes at the top that refer to the small wire fencing you find once in a while.

Take Me There


Commissioned by friends for their master bedroom in their country home, this rug shows a big horse that seems to have the strength to take you anywhere by its size and powerfulness. The pink elements refer to a weird sign at a farm I pass by that has an arrow with only one side. I liked it so much that I incorporated it into this rug. It's one of a series of three – horse, ox and ox cart – made for a beautiful home in the country north of New York. | Click title for larger image.

Take Me There


Commissioned by friends for their master bedroom in their country home, this rug shows a big horse that seems to have the strength to take you anywhere by its size and powerfulness. The pink elements refer to a weird sign at a farm I pass by that has an arrow with only one side. I liked it so much that I incorporated it into this rug. It's one of a series of three – horse, ox and ox cart – made for a beautiful home in the country north of New York.

Lucky Brown


This large rug features a brown horse surrounded by lucky horseshoes of all varieties. I have a large collection of horseshoes so it wasn't hard to make all of the ones in this rug different. I like the way the horse and the shoes seem to float on a blue sky. This rug is in a private collection. I recently made one like it with the name of the collectors' daughter name in the large central horseshoe at the bottom. | Click title for larger image.

Lucky Brown


This large rug features a brown horse surrounded by lucky horseshoes of all varieties. I have a large collection of horseshoes so it wasn't hard to make all of the ones in this rug different. I like the way the horse and the shoes seem to float on a blue sky. This rug is in a private collection. I recently made one like it with the name of the collectors' daughter name in the large central horseshoe at the bottom.

Big Blue Moon Pony


As you know, I love making rugs of horses. I think about whether it's nighttime or daytime, what the horse is like, where it's going. This rug, which measures 14" high by 18" wide, depicts a steady pony walking through the night, followed by a big blue moon. This rug is in a private collection. | Click title for larger image.

Big Blue Moon Pony


As you know, I love making rugs of horses. I think about whether it's nighttime or daytime, what the horse is like, where it's going. This rug, which measures 14" high by 18" wide, depicts a steady pony walking through the night, followed by a big blue moon. This rug is in a private collection.

Sometimes


For Christmas this year I was at a bit of a loss as to what to give my daughter. As I was making this rug, and adding the bird to the back of the brown horse, I started to think about my relationship with my daughter and how sometimes I'm the horse and she's the bird, and sometimes it's the other way around. She supports me like no one else, so I decided that I'd give this rug to her. The rug's title and emotion says it all – our children are both the ones we support and the ones who give us the most comfort and support in return. | Click title for larger image.

Sometimes


For Christmas this year I was at a bit of a loss as to what to give my daughter. As I was making this rug, and adding the bird to the back of the brown horse, I started to think about my relationship with my daughter and how sometimes I'm the horse and she's the bird, and sometimes it's the other way around. She supports me like no one else, so I decided that I'd give this rug to her. The rug's title and emotion says it all – our children are both the ones we support and the ones who give us the most comfort and support in return.

Dusky Horse


This is a very quiet rug. The horse nearly blends in with the dusky sky of the oval. For some reason it appeals to me to sometimes make rugs where the contrast isn't bold. This rug measures 13" high by 20" wide and is complete with a muslin sleeve and dowel in order to place it on the wall. I would use this small rug on the floor personally, making a nice warm spot to put my feet as I get out of bed on a chilly morning. It's available for $150. Please click here to visit my online store. | Click title for larger image.

Dusky Horse


This is a very quiet rug. The horse nearly blends in with the dusky sky of the oval. For some reason it appeals to me to sometimes make rugs where the contrast isn't bold. This rug measures 13" high by 20" wide and is complete with a muslin sleeve and dowel in order to place it on the wall. I would use this small rug on the floor personally, making a nice warm spot to put my feet as I get out of bed on a chilly morning. It's available for $150. Please click here to visit my online store.