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2014 Rug Challenge:  My Heritage

The 2014 Rug Challenge “My Heritage” brought up very different aspects of heritage — ethnic ancestry, place of origin, braiding heritage, ancestral professions… here are the photos!

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Cheryl Hanline made this 7-circle runner with a multistand border to honor her grandmother, who made the feedsack quilt shown on the chairs in the photo. The runner picks up the style and colors found in the quilt.

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Pam Rowan made these incredible LLBean boots to honor her Maine heritage!  She matched the colors and shapes perfectly -- one boot is even laced!

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Rose Robertson-Smith made this Railroad Track rug complete with a small train.  The train tracks through the woods…  like a train near where she grew up.

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Marjorie Kauffman braided this beautiful snowflake rug.  She remembers catching snowflakes as a child in the snow!  This is a beautiful and carefully planned piece.

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Lucinda Harrison-Cox made a lovely and ornate braided Victorian frame, holding photos of her mother and grandmother — both accomplished braiders!

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Bobbi Mahler is a distant relative of Sir Francis Drake:  explorer, politician, knight… and pirate!  Here, a pirate’s treasure chest sits on the ocean floor, and an octopus and starfish are attracted by the shiny baubles…


Peggyann Watts made this Stuart tartan rug in honor of her Scottish-American background. 


Pam Rowan made this beautiful rug in honor of her grandfather, who was a wheelwright.  The pattern was designed by Donna McKeever (

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Christine Manges made this Carnation rug in honor of her grandfather, who bred bi-color carnations.

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This very large hooked and braided rug, “My Life,” was made by Kris McDermet.  Off to the right are Kris and her husband, and several houses where they have lived over the years, a braided fish pond outside their breakfast window in the center, various friends and pets and other items from their lives together.  Wow!

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Deb Lynch made this sweet buoy — with fishing net and a starfish — to honor her coastal Maine heritage.

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Pam Landry has Native American ancestry and made this dramatic oval rug to honor that heritage.

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Carolyn Newcomer made this striking strip rug with “Lancaster County Colors” — red for the Red Rose City of Lancaster, gold for the wheat harvest, and green for the farm meadows. 

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Delsie Hoyt made our spiral galaxy — which is ALL of our heritage!

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