Linda Repasky specializes in making miniature hooked rugs using very fine wool threads. These small rugs are so tiny that they frequently inspire disbelief – at only 2” to 3” on their longest side, they can be held in the palm of the hand. Despite their diminutive size, they capture the charm and character of rugs and other Early American textiles of bygone days. Linda uses hand-dyed wool threads to create her miniature punchneedle pieces to replicate the look and feel of old hooked rugs. The fluctuating muted colors and unique qualities of the wool threads give her tiny rugs a special softness which replicates that of early textiles. Whether framed, placed in dollhouses, or worn as pins, these tiny hooked rugs have an irresistibly rich and lush texture.
Linda creates designs and kits for miniature punchneedle pieces, which are available through shows and at her website. She also teaches extensively throughout the Northeast. Linda is the author of two books on this form of needlework: Miniature Punchneedle Embroidery and A Passion for Punchneedle, both published by Martingale and Company. Linda lives in rural Western Massachusetts, where she also creates floor-sized hooked rugs using wide strips of hand-dyed woolen fabric.
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