Linda Painter Darst began to appreciate vintage textiles and antiques started at an early age in rural Kentucky. Her mother collected and restored antiques, and her grandmother used vintage textiles, especially hooked rugs, in her home. Darst and her husband, Don, have had several ventures selling antiques in Kentucky, Illinois, and Texas.
After years of weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, and crocheting, Darst found her passion in rug hooking. She started hooking rugs around the year 2000 with an estate sale cutter, hook, frame, burlap, and recycled wool. As a self-taught rug hooker, Darst turned her ideas into rugs, which told a story about her appreciation of antiques, love of animals, fascination with architecture, and the comfort of using wonderful geometric shapes.
Darst creates her own patterns, hooks in a wide-cut style often seen in vintage rugs, and uses supplies on hand including repurposed woolen clothing or blankets, dyed woolens, and textured wools. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, Boerne Professional Artists, and a partner in The Carriage House Gallery of Artists in Boerne, Texas. She has been featured in The Wool Street Journal and co-founded the Grey Forest Hooking Group in Grey Forest, Texas.
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