Linda Gifkins is Wardsboro's artist of the month

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WARDSBORO — Linda Gifkins of Wardsboro is the June Artist of the Month at the Wardsboro Public Library. She is exhibiting her hooked rugs made for her children and grandchild celebrating life's events. Rugs that have seen wear on the floors of her Wardsboro home and decorative items including pillows and holiday decorations can be seen as well. The highlight of the exhibit is the folk art hooked Christmas tree skirt which Linda recently completed. The tree skirt is the prize to be raffled off at the 15th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival on Oct. 28.

Giftkins spent her childhood in Douglaston, N.Y. graduating from Hood College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Home Economics. Her mother was an avid seamstress, making most of her and her three daughter's clothes, plus dabbling in needlepoint and crewel. Giftkins followed her passion for the fiber and decorative arts, studying costume design, pattern making and home design at Hood.

In 2000, after purchasing their circa 1800's farmhouse in Wardsboro, antique hooked rugs caught her attention and she got "hooked"! She started taking classes in and around Vermont at Fletcher Farm, Green Mountain Rug Camp and American Country Rugs. Her preferred style is known as primitive, using wide cut wool strips and folk art type designs. A large number of her rugs are done on patterns purchased from fellow rug hookers around the country but then the colors are designed by her, in a mix of over-dyed wool, reused wool taken from clothing bought at thrift shops and tag sales. The fun is there are no rules you can mix any colors, use any texture of wools. It is sort of like painting, except if you don't like the color of the wool you hooked, you can just rip out that one piece or section and redo it. No stitches to count and possibly drop, no fabric to cut for patterns that then don't fit or straight lines to follow like in needlepoint or cross stitch.

Stop in and see all of her hooked items which will be on display at the Wardsboro Public Library during the month of June. Library hours are, Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Friday 9 to 1 pm. For further information, call the library at 802-896-6988.




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