I have been working up the left side of the rug, hooking some in the center too and hooking some lettering!
I’m almost to the top of the left side…and I decided to connect the scallops with a scrappy line so they were not just scrappy “blobs” (!!!) along the border!!!! :)
Again, although it is not as interesting for you…I am filling in background as I go and I feel like I am making good progress on this rug.
I’ll start telling a bit about this design today.
When I first juried in to the Vermont Hand Crafters group in Vermont many years ago, my art work was designing Santas, Father Christmas figures and folk art characters for collectors. I sold my work at the VHC Holiday Show in Burlington VT in November and used a booth with dark green drapes.
I branched out into doing Elves and “Red Hat” ladies (one shown above!), funny characters with names that were “plays on words” etc. and just had great fun!
I did special orders and was always happy to have a new character to work on!
The faces were soft sculpted for the most part but I did a few with Sculpy faces.
(I am getting out my supplies and am going to make Santas and characters once again…I miss doing them so I will have another art project to enjoy along with my rugs!!!)
Several years later, when I had been designing and hooking original rugs, I juried in again with hooked rugs and was able to sell them at the Holiday show along with my Santas, etc.
I decided I needed a hooked “sign” to hang at the back of my booth to promote rugs…so I started sketching several different ideas and looking at vintage designs and illustrations that I could use for this. It needed to be bright…to show up against all that green!!!!!!
As I said, I was doing simpler designs back then and this was one of them. I did not do this one (it was more child-like)… choosing to do a more “adult” sign based on vintage illustrations!
I thought it would be fun to do this older piece now and use it as one of the wall mats I hang outside my apartment door. It isn’t part of my “Sunnie” signs (I still need to do a “Winter” one of those 24 x 24 inch apartment rugs)…but it just a happy design that might bring a smile to those who see it. :)
Here is Progress on Day 7…Happy Hooking! Sunnie :)