In this post we’re going to share a rug made by one of the delightful members of our guild Glenda Hudson. It has a really cool story.
Glenda made this rug for her son Matthew and it’s a combination of knitting and embroidery. The squares are joined by crochet while the backing is joined with a blanket stitch edging and held with ties. Some of the squares come from a pattern book put out by the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Knitters Guild NSW and the too cute buttons from Nikki Tervo Designs.
In her artist’s statement Glenda says:
My son Matthew has a great love of the Australian bush and its flora, fauna & birdlife. He works for Parks Australia as an environmental scientist. I made this rug to represent various aspects of his life.
Here’s the rug which is full of vivid Australian icons
and here are the individual blocks. This first block show Matthew’s love of his pets and cricket. His dog Cherie was a very good fielder of the ball.
This next one has a cute koala
and this map of Australia shows the parks that he’s worked in. Glenda’s included a funnel web spider because her son had a close encounter with one.
Look at this awesome block of Uluru
and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature
The windmill on this square really evokes the outback
Some more fantastic Aussie designs
and a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra
Isn’t it wonderful – it just makes me smile!
Hope you enjoy it too!