Needlework and textile traditions passing from one generation to the next – that is the main goal. Only the best materials are used to duplicate the artworks. This ensures superior quality and durability for the longer term.
Barbara is fortunate to own several original Christmas cards painted by Maud Lewis, a well known folk artist from Nova Scotia in Canada. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, owner of the Maud Lewis copyright, has given her a license to produce and sell patterns of the Christmas card images. These images are unique to Barbara and not available elsewhere.
She sells patterns from her Easy online shop called danalouinspirations. Beginner kits are also available and they contain the pattern drawn by hand on high quality linen woven for rug hooking purposes, custom dyed wool to duplicate Maud Lewis’ colour scheme, general beginner rug hooking instructions and a guide as to how to hook the specific piece. Yarn and a needle to whip the edges of the finished piece is also provided. The purchaser needs to provide their own frame and hook.
A rug hooker since the early 1980’s, Barbara Lukas is a member of the Ontario Rug Hooking Guild and Vermont’s Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. Her work has been exhibited at the Shelburne Museum in Burlington, Vermont and appears in several rug hooking books and magazines (See Rug Hooking Magazine for September/October 2012). Since she retired in 2008 her love of fibers and textures has moved her to add multi-media features to her rug hooking, and to explore other textile arts such as penny rugs and felting.