Hooky mat ‘Matriarchal Trefoil’

Using the traditional ‘hooky’ technique used for making rugs, I have recently finished this portrait of the three strong matriarchs in my family: my Mum, my Nan and my Great Aunty Wilma. I decided to use the trefoil design as I am very much inspired by the colours and designs used in stain glass window design and felt the traditional look of the ‘stone’ trefoil would frame the portraits nicely.

The hessian still stretched on a wooden mat frame still holds the piece in place whilst I find the right piece of wood to back the trefoil for hanging. I have worked using strips of old clothes and blankets, mainly wool but sometimes using old t-shirts and fleeces. Particularly when creating portraits I like to use fabric that belonged to that person and/or their family.



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