New Hooked Rug – Day 15 ~ Helen’s Tapestry

I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time today, so I got busy and hooked this morning!  : )  In deciding the colours for the woman’s clothing, I looked carefully at the rug for several minutes, concentrating on the colours I have already used and visualizing different colours that I might use in the clothing. 

I decided that I needed to add a bit more of the “rusty-orangy” of the bush in the brown background…but I didn’t want to use the same rust or orange.  I found a 6 value swatch of Apricot in the studio and decided to try that as I wanted to add another colour into the mix.  Also, I needed to have a darker colour against the water and a lighter colour against the green land background…so I decided to make the head wrap a purple as I thought my rug needed a bit more purple and it would look good against the green background!!  : )

I like the clothing colours I’ve chosen  (Hooray!!!) and I am trying to get another part of the wooden pail handle put in so it looks more like a handle.  But the handle is so small that even with a strip the width of a strand of embroidery floss, it is difficult to get in!!!!  I may have to rework the bucket and handle altogether…but I’ll keep trying!

(Thank goodness the lion is sleeping peacefully and doesn’t notice the woman!!!) : )

I’m happy with everything so far…and I’m really learning how to adjust things and fiddle with the widths of wool so I can put in a tiny strip for some accents.  But it is not an easy process and I can see how someone might get very frustrated doing this!!!!  However, since I am such a glutton for punishment…I am learning that if I put  #4 or #5 cut strips into a motif first…and then try to cut a strip of wool about the width of a strip of dental floss, I can attempt to put an eye in the same holes that the other loops are in.  But it is tricky…and sometimes it doesn’t work!!!!  LOL  : )

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  : )

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Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist living and working in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I specialize in original Santas, witches and other folk characters and original hand-hooked wool rugs. We live a peaceful life here at Old Crow Farm and enjoy our retirement!

8 thoughts on “New Hooked Rug – Day 15 ~ Helen’s Tapestry”

  1. OMG, Sunnie! Your lady is beautiful! I swear, you’re gonna kill me with what you can do with this rug! Me, I would have looked at it and thrown up my hands. Love your work!

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I really like the “outlining” or shading you have on the woman’s clothes and the lion’s tail and back. I know you think you are just a primitive hooker, but you truly “paint” in your wools with such a subtle and artistic hand.
    Can’t wait to see the rest of this.
    Deb in NE

  3. Thanks so much, everyone! I appreciate the encouragement and I’m learning a lot by doing this rug!!! Whew!!!

    LOL I’ll bet I won’t be afraid to tackle any rug pattern after wrestling with this!!!! : )

    There are times, after trying to get a tiny piece of wool to go where I want it to go and working with a tiny little hook, I just want to grab a handful of #8 cut and a big hook and get back to my comfort zone!!!!!!! LOL

    But I really am having a great time…warts and all!!
    Hugs, Sunnie : )

  4. Sunnie, it’s so beautiful and your choices are so perfect, I don’t know what else to say! And I’m learning so much from you.

    I had my monthly hook-in yesterday and although the stairs in Judy’s house did a number on my leg (so much so that we had to skip church this morning because of pain) I was actually able to pick up my hook and get some hooking done. Boy, didn’t that feel good!? And now I’m going to put some of what I’ve learned from you to good use in my rug.

  5. Thanks for the kind words, Kim & JoJo!!! Isn’t it fun learning these things together!!! : )

    I’m really surprised that I haven’t had to take out more mistakes or wrong colours…I have had to take out some colours and rework some things but with these motifs and backgrounds (and all the redesigning!!) I’m amazed that many of my first choices work!!

    I’m really glad I decided on the antique black background for parts of the rug but I have no idea why!!! LOL It just seemed right at the time!!
    I have a funny feeling that this original rug might have been done in softer colours but, of course, I’ve never seen the rug hooked so I don’t know anything about it. LOL

    JoJo…I’m so glad you are feeling better and hooking again! Hooray!!!!! : )

    Happy Hooking to all, and to all a good night!!!! LOL : )

  6. What a beautiful rug! I hate to call it a rug because it brings to mind nasty dirty boots stomping across it – and that is the LAST thing a work of art such as this deserves!

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