Student Rug: Circles of Love by Pat Mensing

Written by Cindi Gay

Here’s a great rug that long-time student Pat Mensing finished recently.  I absolutely love this style of rug.  In fact, you may remember the circles I am using in my room-sized rug border.  I explain how to get started in this old post.

Friday Class gathered around Pat's rug
Standing from left to right: Sally Freund, Jan DenHerder, Mary McMaster and Pat Mensing, the artist of this piece.

The white edge around the rug is the linen ready for whipping.  The two paper arrows in the center are there to point out two special circles.  Here’s what Pat had to say about the rug:

Circles of Love was begun in June of 2008 after I made an offer to my son and his wife to hook a rug for their front entrance hall. The offer was accepted and I enlisted the help of my granddaughter and her best friend to hook along with me. They agreed.

They came to Oak Harbor, and after a mini hooking class from Cindi Gay of Pemberville, Elizabeth and her good friend Clair Kozak began the project. Setting the perimeters, figuring borders, and placing random sized circles on the linen backing, they were ready to begin the 4′ x7′ rug .

Elizabeth hooked the first circle followed by Clair hooking another circle in the center of the rug. (See the arrows?) I continued with the pattern using wool scraps from my surplus basket. Both Clair and Elizabeth hooked additional circles when we were together the end of September. The last loop was pulled on the 28th of February 2009. Over 300 circles are on the rug, not including the fillers in the black background.

This rug is truly a work of love. I t made me happy everytime I pulled a loop.

Pat Mensing

Oak Harbor, Ohio

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