In A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Count Alexander Rostov speaks of a memory of his sister, Helena, while reading a Pushkin passage to her as she embroidered a piece of lace…

” ‘Perhaps there had been something in those stitches,’ thought the count, ‘some gentle wisdom she was mastering through the contemplation of every little loop.’ ”

Rug hooking is a contemplative art. Not only is the artist connected to the plains, where sheep are raised, through the handling of wool fibers but also is mindful of the peacefulness of the plains as each loop is pulled through the backing to create a previously thought out design.

What do you contemplate as you stitch?

What gentle wisdom have you mastered as you pull loops through your backing?

Leave a reply below and let us hear your thoughts.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Penguin Publishing Group. 2016.

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Growing up in the 50s on the Texas plains influenced my core beliefs. A simple way of life based on faith first and family second gave me strength and confidence to create friendships and ideas that linger to this day. My mom's love of needlework instilled in me a curiosity for creating handmade goods. My dad's love of nature and road trips influenced the basis for my designs. The spirit of the plains lives on in my son's creative efforts. His art inspires some of our designs. Check out John's art at:

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