Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Meet Me At The Garden Gate

What is so enchanting about garden gates? Why does it seems magical to peer through a gate? It is as if you are viewing a distant land. What other world of flowers, vines and shrubs lie beyond the gate? Maybe it's because gates are the point of "in between". They literally and figuratively are the threshold from the known to the unknown.

Whether the gates are made from wrought iron, wood, repurposed antique doors or hand-built with whimsical parts such as, old discarded garden tools or driftwood, they beckon us into the hidden world that lies beyond. Standing in a garden's entryway reminds me of the quote from the children's book, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden, "If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden". What a happy thought!

I wanted to recreate in this rug, Garden Gate, that welcoming feeling that I get when I walk though a gate into a garden. The shape of my Garden Gate rug has the arched top and shape just like a real gate, along with lines, curves, flowers and of course, hearts! It measures 30" by 32 1/2". I was still in my "gray phase" when I color planned and hooked this muted tone rug. I like how the grays can seem warm or cool depending on the lighting. (please see earlier post of when I was stuck in reverse from April 15 for more discussion of this piece)

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Final photo has the patented seal of approval!


  1. Love this piece. The colors are perfect. Well done.

    Makes me wish I was a hooker!

    1. Susan, thank you! It's never too late, you too can be a hooker, really!