About Polly Minick
Polly began rug hooking in the 70s. She only wanted to hook a couple of rugs to go with her antique decorating and be done with it. But the rugs she envisioned in her head took a long time to accomplish and along the way she found she was “hooked” on hooking rugs.
Polly and her husband Tom live in sunny Naples, Florida, and in residence with them is their Airedale – Annie. They love living in South Florida and the grandkids love their latest location.
Since she started making rugs, Polly’s work has garnered praise from all, thanks to her articles in Country Home, Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Elle Decor, Colonial Homes, Early American Life, Victoria, Creative Home, American Patchwork and Quilting, Quiltmania and Sew Vintage. The New York Times has written about her work and accomplishments along with Ann Arbor News, Naples Daily News, The Georgetowner and the Houston Chronicle.
She has published several books among which are The American Collection, Victory girls, American Summer and Sacagawea.
Like many primitive rug hookers, Polly draws her inspiration from what is around her and her love of family, home, country and nature. Her patriotic works started when their youngest son was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently a Colonel, recently back from the Middle East.
The ambiguity of Polly’s motifs and patterns is understandable given her goal of making rugs primitive and naive. She describes her favorite works as “childlike,” placing strong emphasis on her respect and appreciation for early American creations.
Her enthusiasm for the art had led to national acclaim as a creator of primitive-style rugs and a highly-touted guest lecturer. She enjoys traveling the country and meeting with other lovers of fiber art. She is proud of the increased interest in rug hooking.
Source: Kansas Star Review, 2012