I used to make a lot of needle-punch rugs and entered some of them in art shows (above). I was able to give two to the Moody Blues after the Phoenix concert on 5/19/79. I presented Justin with the "face" rug immediately after the show (the photo was autographed years later) and delivered the larger carpet to the road crew later in the evening. Here's a link to the story:
Below is the largest project I ever made! The carpet was 11' wide and 6.5 feet tall. It was on my wall until taken down for delivery to the band! I found out later that Ray ended up with it in his trophy room! The left photo shows the center of the rug. The photo with me standing in it (for scale) shows more of one side.
Rug making is odd because you have to work from the back--draw the pictures on the burlap backing in reverse! I sat on the floor peering into a hand mirror while sketching out the figures, one area at a time. It took about 4 total months of work Eventually I got pretty fast at it--the picture of Graeme holding the pool cue took one long evening--about 6 or 7 hours). The details are about as exact as possible on his shirt--and the feathers on the Blue Jays shirts are accurate to the original photo. But it's impossible to find flesh-toned yarn, so I ended up working with tan (which is why the pictures have concert lighting).
When I caught up with Ray many years later in Las Vegas, and he told me the rug had gotten damaged from his kids sliding across the floor on it! Since nobody he'd contacted in England knew how it was made, I decided to give him one of my spare tools. A few months later in Tahoe, I presented him with a needle punch, a set of instructions, some practice yarn, and burlap.
By a stroke of good luck, the band were leaving from my gate at the airport a few days later. Ray came over to tell me that he'd been practicing needle punch in his hotel room!