Lydia P Allen has lived in the Louisville area all her life. She learned needle and sewing skills from her seam-stress mother, who taught her to sew, crochet and embroider at an early age.
The inspiration for Lydia Allen’s wool art has been her appreciation for the creative handwork of early Americans. Her wool creations incorporate themes and patterns that symbolize peace and simplicity. Hence the name of her business – Peace Works.
Like wool Penny Rugs from the early 19th century, Lydia uses mostly wool recycled from clothing and blankets. Each piece is cleaned, felted and sometimes re-dyed to complement her selected palette of colors. Occasionally she will use new pieces of wool in order for all the shades, textures and patterns to fit together. She often creates an image that tells a story.
Each piece of Lydia’s wool art is slightly different from others in that she hand cuts, often without a pattern, and then hand stitches the designs.
Lydia hopes that her wool art will inspire others to appreciate the art of needlework and help to keep this craft of early American alive.
Works by Lydia P Allen can be found at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.