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Barbara Pratt

On a trip to Nova Scotia in 1970, I bought a hooked rug with red roses and a multi-coloured background. I used it; it fell apart. I threw it out and have never forgotten it.

In 1984 I moved to Whitehorse. I retired in 2007.

In 2006, I took a rug-hooking course. I started collecting wool fabrics and soon discovered that the existing colours weren’t “right” for my projects. The colours were usually too pale or dull; I wanted to hook with bright, intense colours. After dyeing wool from recipes in dye books and not achieving the desired results, I started studying watercolour books to learn how to mix colours. To apply that knowledge, I have spent several hundred hours dyeing many yards of natural or coloured wool fabric. I also now have experience in “reading” the existing colour of a fabric and then choosing dye colours to dye over that colour.

I usually design my own patterns. If an existing pattern or idea is used, I make significant changes in both the design and the colours used. My rugs are different from Nova Scotia traditional rugs; my rugs tend to be bright and colourful, often with unusual colour combinations.

After visiting Nova Scotia in the fall of 2012, after seeing the rugs of Doris Eaton and Deanne Fitzpatrick, and after taking 2 online courses from Deanne Fitzpatrick, I have started hooking more experimentally and developing more my own style.

I have entered rugs in 2 art shows, and my work sold in both shows. I have also sold work privately or taken commissions from local, out-of-territory (Alberta), and international (Montana) patrons. My work may be purchased at Arts Underground or by contacting me personally.

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