NEW RUG FOR LIBRARY DEDICATED
By Judy Hable
Saturday, May 22nd was a day of celebration for the Madeline Island Public Library when representatives from Woods Hall, Barry Sterling, Michele Auger, and Susan Sabre, presented the library with an impressive hand-woven rug, an heirloom for the library and the entire community.
Michele had explained earlier, “When the library took up the old rugs and laid down wall to wall carpeting it was talked about weaving a big area rug and some runners to replace the old and bring in some color to the library. Woods Hall has the looms and the weavers, and so it went from there. Michele Auger and Susan Sabre organized the creating of the area rug, 8x12.5 feet, made of recycled wool blankets. Members of the community donated all the wool used. They cut the wool into strips, organized it by color and thickness and started the process of weaving the rug on the Cranbrook loom. The loom was warped in heavy linen for its strength. A traditional rag rug style (like the old library rugs) was chosen for the design. Members of the community were encouraged to come weave on the library rug. Susan and Michele set up times when they would be at Woods Hall to help and oversee the work. Over 25 people helped on this rug. In little over a month the rug was completed, taken off the loom, hand finished, and ready for the library.”
So, with Memorial Day Week-End at the start of the summer season, it seemed an appropriate time to deliver and dedicate this striking piece of fiber art. Also representing the Woods Hall Board, Michael Collins and Louise McCray came for the dedication. Louise and librarian Connie Ross represented the Library Board. Library staff Seri Demorest and Julie Schmidt joined in to celebrate the occasion. With a little help from them and other library visitors, it didn’t take much to place the masterpiece in its new home. Once unfolded and rolled out, the beautiful design of the rug brought “Oooohs and Aaaaahs” from everyone. And the bright colors seemed to reflect the colors of books lining the surrounding shelves in the room as well as the enthusiasm and joy that emanated throughout completion of the project.
Community members who helped weave this library heirloom are: Linda Fuller, Candice Sterling, Deb Gibbons, Louise McCray, Margie Denton, Debbie Knopf, Judi Patterson, Sheelagh Dalziel, Julie Schmitt, Connie Ross, Tom Love, Marcia Henry, Seri Demorest, Carol Sowl, Ava Love, Becky Hogan, Molly Andary, Charlotte Vick, Dolly Schneeberger, Lora Rouch, Muffy Harmon, Peg Bortel, Jim Kasperson, Marina Lachecki, Rhiannon Tourdot, Bella Boone, Aaron Rouch, Leigh Ellen Ramer, Judy Schmidt, and Michele Auger and Susan Sabre.
Plans are underway for a summer project to weave matching runners to accent the area rug. This will enable summer people and even tourists to participate in this continuing community project. Watch for announcements as this final phase of the entire project begins.
Michele and Susan would like to thank the community for their support and enthusiasm in bringing the first phase of the rug project to completion in such a timely manner.
And do take time to stop at the library to enjoy the outcome of this community effort. You may just want to take a seat and look at it for a while. You will be pleasantly surprised.