Well I have gotten a bit more done on Lady Nesta!!! I thought she needed flowers so I have started using small leftover pieces and leftover woolworms for that purpose!!
I decided to try an experiment with hooking the background in straight vertical lines. Here are the two plaids I am using.
I had several odd pieces of these wools so decided to use them…trying to use up the plaid on the left and adding in only the lighter parts of the plaid on the right so that I am sure to have enough for the whole background…! (I have said before that I Always have blending wools available to use in backgrounds as I don’t want to be bothered figuring out how much wool I need, etc. If I have blending wools, I know I always have enough background wool so I don’t have to “worry”!)
The gray background also adds a funny twist as it will be a little odd for this piece! The sky Should be beautifully blue with, perhaps, a few light fluffy clouds!!!! All will become clear later!!!! 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 2…
I am having fun and smiling at the silliness of it all…especially the funny “press release” which will start soon (and the grumpy looking bird! )
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I appreciate your comments and am happy to answer any questions you have if I know the answers!!!!!! …lol… I’ll post “Lady Nesta’s” Day 2 progress later today! 🙂
HIGGLY PIGGLY HOOKING…
Julia asked me about the “higgly piggly” hooking that I mentioned on yesterday’s post. It is the section with the greens and yellows right under the bird feet.
I hooked the above “bird” section a bit differently…hooking more in lines because of the rounded shape of the motif…but below is a picture of the “real” higgly piggly hooking. (From the “little gardener” rug.) You can see the loops going in all directions! (I left some little spaces and added the red in After the yellow and green was finished.)
Holding the two strips close together, you bring them up and pull them through together…hooking in different directions as you go along.
If one of the 2 strips ends up behind the other, you can just nudge the loop out with your hook and keep on going.
My normal hooking below. I was taught to hook “neatly”…so I either hook in curving lines or straight lines, with neater loops going the same way for the most part. So, “higgly” was a “strange” technique for me…but I really like it for certain situations. 🙂
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Sorry to be so long away from my Blog! Can’t believe how busy it has been…but I think things will come back to “normal” now! 🙂
I have been able to finish the hooking on this piece and am happy with the experiment with the dust-dirt colours on the border!!!! This was fun to simply do colour and design experiments as I went along!
The leaves are done with a plaid on one side of the leaf and then leftover woolworms in greens on the other side of each leaf. Of course, the background of the border is a plaid and the flowers are different textured wools. I used some leftover worms in the blue sky, leaf veins and in the little girl’s dress. The “path” is also plaid and textures cut worms and leftovers!!!
Here is the finished piece…I am doing the edge-whipping now. My oldest daughter is a wonderful gardener and she loves this…so I am giving it to her!
Hope you all are doing well wherever you are. Thank you for visiting me here today…I always enjoy your rug hooking comments! 🙂
Have a wonderful day…and Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I am delighted to have found a way to hook the large border on this rug without taking away from the Center!!!!!! 🙂
Of course this piece could have been hooked in a more traditional manner with the colours I thought about so many years ago…with the dogwood blossoms in the border done in pink or pale pink and cream and the little girl in pale pastel colours. It could have been hooked realistically too…but, of course, that’s not my normal style! And…since I changed the colours when I started, I had to either take out what I had done and start again, or deal with what I already hooked…! I prefer to deal…! 🙂
Above are the pale “dirt” border colours I am using…
Next, the border flowers are no longer dogwood blossoms but are now “padulas” so that they will not draw attention to themselves. They just softly blend in with the border background (the checked wool with the brown and green lines in it).
I am also using the green in the “wools” photo for the vines and half of each leaf. the rest of the leaf is hooked in green leftovers!
Now I know that this border looks somewhat dull…(!!!)…however, if you can visualize these large flowers hooked in some of the colours I am using in the center, you can probably see that they would be overpowering and take away focus from the center figure. Even if they complimented the center, some of the colours I tried (using small pieces of wool placed on the flowers) made the eye jump to 6 places around the border and then back to the center. Again…not what I wanted…!
I did not put brown accents in the center flower but will try them in the upper left and upper right flowers when I get to them. I thought the change to a different flower petal colour was enough for the center flowers.
Here is more hooking on the lower center…I’m glad to be getting farther along on the center as well as that big border!!!!! I am going to take out the dark brown on the fenceposts…I find it too distracting!!!!
Off to get more of the house ready for the electric work…I will live in a “mess” in some rooms for a week or so…! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Feeling good and hooking again now on this unfinished rug that I started about 12 years ago!!!! 🙂
As I said last post, I have a bit of the wool I used back then so I decided to hook the sky and added new blue wool to the mix. I said that I remembered thinking that I would do this rug in pastels…with a very light and white border. (the border is wide!!!!) I don’t remember why I changed my colours for the center section of this rug…but my changes make the “light and white” wide border a “non-starter”!!!! …lol…
So….I am going to use a deeper group of colours and, as you already suspected, I am going to do the border in very odd colours that I believe will show off the center section! (which is the focus of the rug)
Here is the photo of the work I have done on the sky…I am trying out a little bit of the “frame” around the center but am not sure if I want to use those colours. Will hook more and see if they work on the 2 rows framing the center. (I am not sure if I pulled a “frame” from another illustration to go around the center…too much time has passed for me to remember many of my reasons.)
I have also hooked the fenceposts and am trying a flower colour to see if it works. I’m working in my usual way, not trying to be “realistic” but to present the focus area in such a way that the viewer “sees” her/his own reality of childhood gardening!!!!
I am not sure if the border was taken from an old illustration or if it was adapted from a stained glass image but both were taken from Dover books for artists and craftspeople. I find that many of the Dover illustrations are great to use or adapt because that is what the books are for…and many of the designs are out of copyright and can be used without special permission!
Exactly Why I decided to pair the center and the border together is “lost in the mists of time”…but it certainly is a puzzlement…! 🙂
Since I have now used up all of the blue wool that I had folded up with the rug, I now will need to go to my own stash of wool and try to use colours that will go with the bodice of the dress (hooked years ago) as I hook the skirt.
Hope everyone is doing well and having fun with whatever art-craft you are creating! (Not to mention, the garden magic you are creating too!!) Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
UFO…from 12 years ago!!!!!! 🙂
Recovering from a little surgery yesterday so I am resting and not hooking for a few days. However, I was doing a bit of sorting last week and came up with a piece that I had started hooking on Monk’s cloth about 12 years ago.
This piece is called “The Little Gardener”…and although I don’t remember what “design vibes” were going through my mind back then, I know I was enjoying the hooking!!!!! 🙂
It is a combination of several things from Dover books and, when I drew out the design, I remember thinking that I would do it in “sweet” pastel colours. But for some reason (back then), I changed my mind as the little picture of the start of the piece has deeper colours. I will carry on with those colours and see what I have in my stash that will go with what is already done!!!!!
Hooking on monk’s cloth again will be different too…but I enjoyed it back then and will probably enjoy it once again!!!
Here is the picture of what was hooked about 12 years ago…I had a few strips of the original colours that were with the pattern…but will have to improvise on the rest of the rug. Hope you are all doing well…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Sorry to have been away so long!!!!!!
I can’t believe I have been so busy in March and April…! Very unusual for me to live such a “hectic” life!!!! 🙂
However, I did have a great time at Rockaway Beach, Oregon at Rug Camp the first week in April and learned a lot from my teacher, Laura Pierce!!!
I had decided to do the head and shoulders of a Santa (more like a Father Christmas-not the “jolly” guy) and had hooked the right side of the rug before camp…with the blue, gray and off-white plaid for the sky and the reds for his coat.
Since I wanted him to be “different” (like Mr. Morty!!!), I decided that his Grandma had knitted a scarf for him (!) and he is wearing that around his neck instead of the traditional fur. This Santa is adapted from an old postcard that shows a full Santa figure sporting lots of fur with a large bag of toys, etc. However, I wanted to focus on what was really important…and I narrowed it down to a head-and-shoulders portrait.
Since Laura does wonderful portraits herself, I wanted help with the face and beard to have him look realistic. As you know, realism is not my “thing”…so I knew this would be difficult. It took me all week to do the face and beard and start the hat...but I learned a lot and am very happy with the rug so far! I wanted him to be quite serious but not look too stern or have a mean expression!!! …lol… ( Some of the Father Christmas illustrations look rather severe!)
It is about 22 x 22 inches and uses mostly #5 and #6 cuts and here is Progress so far…..
Hope you are all well and enjoying life…we are having a roller-coaster Spring with rain one day, cold the next, sunshine and warm temps and rain+cold again…who knows!!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂