Moss-Covered Lava Fields

One of the things that is so unique about Iceland are the fields of huge lava rocks covered in green moss which varies in colour depending on the season- from a mossy green to an almost neon lime green. I especially love the stretch along the ringroad between Reykjavik and Hveragerdi.

How could I resist trying to recreate this beauty? Here’s a sneak peek of my take on it in a new rug that will be released to the store shortly.

Karen

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Fall is in the air……

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

The leaves are starting to change colour and fall off the trees and there is a chill in the air in the mornings. This is how you know that it is Fall! Here is a rug that I made called “Autumnal Forest.” This one won’t be listed in the store because its delicate nature makes me a little worried about shipping it through the mail. This one was an experimental mix of both traditional rug hooking and the use of natural elements- in this case bark from a dying Russian olive tree in our backyard. The bark has been varnished which creates a bit of a shine so the rug doesn’t show very well in photos but thought I would try posting one so you can get an idea of how it looks.

Why not go out and enjoy a nice fall day wherever you are!

Karen

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

New Rug!

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller
Yesterday the new rug was posted to the store- Krisuvik, Iceland. This is a landscape piece and is the third in my Icelandic series. The Krisuvik rug was inspired by our trip to Iceland in May, 2008. We had driven around the Reykjanes Peninsula and were on our way to Krisuvikurberg- a large cliff- to do some puffin watching. We came across this church and I snapped a picture, knowing that I would do something with it in the near future. The actual building at Krisuvik is a church but I turned mine into just a house in the rug and I think it works out really well. The rug uses a lot of specialty yarns like alpaca, Icelandic wool and fringed yarn to capture the colours and textures of Iceland in the Spring.

As I mentioned, this is the third rug in my Icelandic series. The first rug is in my own collection and is not for sale but thought I would share it here:

This rug was inspired by a number of different scenes that I saw in Iceland on our trip in May, 2008. The cliff is based on that which was located behind the cottage that we rented in Olfus, just outside of Hveragerdi. The buildings were based on typical Icelandic architecture that you see all across the country. I think that when the two elements were merged it created exactly what I wanted- an image that captures the isolation and ruggedness of Iceland.

The second rug in the Icelandic series is also my largest rug- measuring at about 5 feet across:

Taking several months to finish, the idea behind this rug was formed from two distinct scenes from our 2008 trip. The first was on our drive to Pingvellir and we passed a house that was down by the water. It was a bright, sunny day and the water was the bluest you could imagine. In addition, the background was all mountains and at the very top was this gorgeous ice cap. I made my husband, Daniel, turn the car around so I could go back and take several photos of the scene. The church was inspired by the church that we passed on almost all of our road trips. I don’t know the name of the church, but it is located on the Ring Road, between Hveragerdi and Selfoss. Every time we passed it we knew we were almost back at our cottage. This rug blends those two ideas together and by using a variety of interesting materials (including an old cut up silk blouse for the water as it was the perfect shade of blue and added a little shimmer) I think I managed to capture the quintessential small Icelandic village.

Having just returned from our trip this summer to Iceland and the Faroe Islands, I have no doubt that there will be many more rugs added to this series in the near future!

Karen

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

The Rugs

So as you know, yesterday was the launch of Marzipan Road. So far there are three rugs in the store. I have a few more just waiting to have their fabric backings sewn on, which I hope to get done in the coming days and I will give a sneak peek of those rugs before posting them to the store. But here are the ones that are available to purchase right now.

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Little Hoot Owl

This is “Little Hoot Owl.” Owls seem to be very popular these days and I think this little guy is just so cute nestled in a birch tree. I think the background worked out really well- it is a mix of new wool and recycled wool and I like how the colour gives it a kind of Fall/Halloween feel.

This is “Cherry Blossoms.” These little cherry blossoms were finicky to crochet because they are so tiny. But it was so worth it as they add a great deal of texture to the rug. I was lucky to have almost a complete set of the little pink buttons and I think the result is very tasteful and delicate.

Lastly is “The Button Tree.” Inspired by paper trees you see a lot in scrapbooking (one of the other ways I like to spend my time), this rug is a mix of traditional rug hooking and felt and buttons. The end result is a very textured and fun, whimsical piece. It’s so cute I can totally imagine it hanging in a little girl’s bedroom!

Sneak peeks of soon to be listed rugs coming soon!
Enjoy the long weekend,
Karen

Launch of Marzipan Road on Etsy!

Today is the official launch of Marzipan Road on Etsy! Marzipan Road sells hand-hooked rugs and my goal is to take a fresh new approach to traditional rug hooking. Not for me the old style chair pads and primitive rug designs. Instead, I like to focus on trying to capture both rugged landscapes and whimsical designs. All rugs are original and are all designed and hand-hooked by me.

Check back often. I plan to profile rugs that I add to the store and provide the occasional sneak peek of what I’m working on now.:) This will also be a great spot to share with you the things that inspire me in my art.

So, sit back and hope you enjoy your trip down Marzipan Road!
Karen