meg little in front of “Out of the Blue,” an 8
foot by 10 foot rug she designed as part of her
spring exhibition at the Newport Art Museum.
held sewing machine that rapidly punches
looped yarn through the backcloth — across
the surface. She uses the tool as freely as a
paintbrush. “I think there’s something about
paint that made me more timid,” she says.
“Whereas with this, I am totally unafraid.
When I learned this technique after graduate
school, I was like, Wow.”
With the help of one assistant, Little
creates between 30 and 50 rugs per year that
vary in size from small ( 2 feet by 3 feet) up to
room size. While most of her work sells for
$900 to $12,000, her largest rugs, 15 feet by 20
feet, sell for as much as $45,000. Her pieces
have become something of a collector’s item
among impassioned patrons, including Robin
Bell and wife Shelley Kramer, who started
small with a rug for the bathroom of their
Westborough, Massachusetts, home. Eight
rugs later, Bell says, “We might be able to
squeeze more in. The number and variety of
designs that have emerged from Meg’s mind
are remarkable. She has an acute color sense,
producing combinations that are incredibly
vibrant and pleasing to the eye.”
And they are very satisfying for their
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