The intimidation was not just internal but also external. When starting to hook on the eastern shore the hobby/art/craft was consumed with McGowan narrow cut designs and rug hookers. As mentioned in a previous post, the McGowan school would only allow McGowan, Primco or Charco designs.
There appeared to be an atmosphere that wide cut hookers were not considered 'real' rug hookers; if your project wasn't a flower using dip dyed wool with fingering technique or an oriental rug you weren't up to snuff. Or at least that is what I felt.
So under the tutelage of Jon Ciemiewicz decided to hook my Rottie Memorial in #3. Hey, I was used to hooking in #8. Yes, I was able to get good detail with the #3. As soon as the dogs were hooked decided the background would be hooked in a wider cut so used #5 (or was it #6?) for the background.
As a side note, when the dogs were alive and would groom them would save each of their hair in a baggie. Later, a dear friend spun each of their hair on a narrow piece of wool roving. That wool was hooked at the nape of necks of each dog. And, the dog tags were added just recently when being found while cleaning out my shed. Below is the photo from which the design was hooked.
Just as soon as the Rottweiler narrow cut was hung on the wall I drew out a primitive design and hooked the pups in #8. That one is on the floor beside my bed and has been there since 2006. Many is the night that Ben will lay on it.
What makes it difficult tho is getting the timeline right. One such example is this 1880 Running Horse adaptation which has a last date of 2010. But I know it was hooked before that so will include it in 2006.
Happy Sunday everyone.