|"Rocket's Red Glare" acrylic by Greg Newbold for Boys' Life|
"Greetings from Maryland. I am sure you had given up on hearing from me again, but my rug, inspired by your artwork for “Home of the Brave”, indeed did get finished and is now hanging at the Maryland State Fair which opened yesterday and runs through Labor Day.
A fellow “hooker” sent me these pictures of some of my entries and, since two of them show “our” rug, I wanted to send them to you. I am thrilled that so many people (including judges) like it. It took a blue ribbon in its class and then Best “original” (meaning you have to draw it as opposed to using a commercial pattern) award in rug hooking, given by my chapter of rug hooking enthusiasts (ATHA)
... As I anticipated, it was the most difficult rug I have done so far. It was all hooked with 3/16” and 4/16” strips of wool fabric. As you can see, the finished project is not as I originally envisioned, but that often happens when you get into the actual process. Of course I was unable to duplicate your glorious colors, but wool is not paint! I hope you are not too disappointed.
...Again, thank you for giving your permission for me to use your design. Just goes to show you never know where your art will end up!
Best, Julia Kappler"