Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Sand Dollar

So, this summer on our vacation we picked up where we had left off about ten years ago (the last time we were in PEI) looking for sand dollars.  Ten years ago we were completely unsuccessful.  This time, we combed the beaches of PEI and found nothing but shards of the elusive shells.  The beaches in Iles-de-la-Madeleine provided us with the same- nothing but shards.  Every beach we went to we scanned the shore searching for just one.

Until this:

A few days before the vacation ended my husband found this sand dollar.  It isn’t the best photo, and what you can’t tell is that it is the tiniest sand dollar you could imagine.  But it is a sand dollar nonetheless and we officially concluded the search.

The sand dollar that didn’t get away was the inspiration for this the third framed piece in the series inspired by the sea.

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

This one, along with the other two, will be available at the Old Ottawa South Art and Music Festival in September.


Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Inspired by the Sea…..

We came home from vacation with a bunch of these:

My husband found these sea urchins on one of the beaches on Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. When we got home I added them to the ones that we had found last year on the Westmann Islands in Iceland. I love the mix of purple and lime green- something you don’t often find in nature. So, they inspired this:

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

My first foray into small, framed pieces. This won’t be on Etsy but will be available at the Old Ottawa South show in September!


Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

The Colours of Prince Edward Island

PEI copy

Here’s a look at the new rug just listed on Etsy. I got back from vacation in the maritimes about three weeks ago and of course it was a “working” vacation. I got a TON of new ideas and inspiration around every corner. And I also came home with this completed rug!

This one is a bit of a departure from my other scenes. I have tried to capture the colours of the island from the dark greens of the stands of pine trees along the cliff tops to the fields of beautiful purple lupins. And of course who could forget the red rugged cliff faces for which P.E.I is famous, along with the white sand beaches. Our cottage was right by the waterfront and every night we were lulled to sleep by the crashing waves literally feet from our window and I’ve tried to capture the blueness of the maritime sea.

The rug measures 6.5′ by 15′ and uses a variety of specialty yarns including some yarn that I picked up that was spun right in P.E.I.

I’ll be posting about a bunch of new stuff in the coming days and will give you an update on the Art show I did yesterday!