Hooray! I have completed all the background and have met Sir Willifried himself…complete and just as I pictured him! 🙂
I am now working on the upper border which is the last part I need to complete! I’m about halfway across so I hope to cross the finish line tomorrow!
I have found this one of the most enjoyable rugs I have done…not only because of the freedom in colour and design along the way, but meeting the “guys” close to the finish was like opening one of those gift boxes where you find another box inside the first one…then another box, and another…well you get the picture! Creating the faces close to the finish was like finding a great gift in the last box!!!!! …lol…
And, of course, whether I share them or not, there is almost always a story behind these rugs I choose to do! And some whimsy and silliness!!!! 🙂
I did want to mention (for those interested in design, ideas, etc.) that when I am looking at antique illustrations, paintings, needlework, etc. it is sometimes the “Outline” of a particular motif that attracts me…not necessarily the “filled-in” image itself…! I realized this when looking at Dr. Sopwortt and Sir Willifried…it was the outline of the motifs that attracted me! I told you that I came upon some needlework, paintings, drawings, illustrations, etc. of hunting scenes with dogs and guns and dead animals while just leafing through my books of ancient art, 17th and 18th century paintings and drawings, etc. I have no interest in hooking hunting scenes but the Positions of some of the figures in the scenes appealed to me!
In my 24 x 24 inch piece called “The Young Farmers” (see archives March 2012) I adapted an arm for the older boy from an old tapestry because I liked the shape better than the arm I sketched!! Remember that I said I took the rear end of the cat on the ” Halloween Friends and Fun” rug from my Dover book of clip art because I liked the shape better than my drawing! So my advice is…look at shapes and see if you find pleasing outlines that you can adapt from antique, permission-free sources to use in your rug hooking!
So here is Progress on Day 30…not too exciting for you…but exciting for me!!! That was a lot of background…but I love the wool..!