In a previous post I mentioned Eric Sandberg was my teacher again after 12 years. Must say this class was top notch and would definitely take a class with him again. Not sure if that will happen as he retired, has no wool (except for his personal stash), and only doing this gig since he is a substitute teacher for Maryland Shores Rug Camp.
Below Eric gathered us together to talk basics about...."light, bright, dark, dull". For those who had Eric as a teacher before know these words by heart.
We students gathered in a circle and took turns showing our project and wool colors we'd brought to camp.
It is impossible to give his 5 day class in just one blog post but there are many easy to remember hooking lessons ~ the Three Bears and Goldilocks, for just one example. Don't ask, it would take too long to explain. But OMG I will never forget that!!!
Below is a photo of Eric with just one of the hand-outs provided. Cannot wait for life to get back to normal so I can read them. He covered most in class but there is more in the handouts about hit and miss, geometric, dyeing hints and so much more.
Below, this picture shows Eric using me as a 'teaching lesson' for bringing mostly medium value wool. I brought red, blue, old gold and green ~ plus dirty white or black for background.
You can see students chuckling and I knew it was in good fun, yet a lesson for those who prefer colorful rugs ~ I was, after all, the 'what's different in the picture". Eric said he took a class with Barb Carroll so he would be better able to work with primitive students.
On another day we each took one or two rugs we'd brought for the rug show. Students decided to have him 'critique' or suggest, how he would have chosen different wools. We had to raise our right hand and pledge....."There is no such thing as an ugly rug, some are just better than others"
In the lesson above Eric used the Johannes Itten color wheel "The Color Star". I'm sitting on a gold mine and have only looked at it briefly a few times. Thankfully mine was purchased when the cost was maybe $40. Because of Eric I unearthed my Star Wheel and will use it with future rugs. BUT... lol, if I am replicating an antique rug of a woman who didn't know about bright, contrast, value, etc., I will hook it like the woman did but using what is in my stash.
On that day I noticed a fantastic hooked pin Eric was wearing. I asked if it was an image of him. He said it was an image of his grandfather Pierre Keller which was hooked by Tish Murphy. Was unbelievable to see the detail with wool which seemed to be hooked with floss it was so thin.