.... after hooking for a couple years had feelings of inadequacy as to my hooking. There was an atmosphere that wide cut primitive hookers weren't 'real' hookers and hooked only what they were capable of.
That year I signed up for a class with Jon Ciemiewicz ~ I know you have seen his magnificent works of art in Rug Hooking Magazine and shows. That was the class I started work on my Rottweiler Memorial.
The dogs were hooked in #3 but got so frustrated with narrow cut that the background was hooked in #5. The background was a mixture of that same High Meadow Green dye recipe, a staple of mine. The wool in the dogs were dip dyed by me using repurposed brown wool dip dyed in black.
And some of you may know, at the nape of the neck between the color change some of their hair is hooked in. I'd saved each of their hair during grooming when they were alive. Friend Leslie, now departed, spun their hair on a narrow core of wool yarn. In person you can see the hair, which makes this a very special piece for me.
Okay then.... I got my confidence back! I now know my capabilities of handling a narrow cut, could paint well with wool but CHOSE to hook wide cut and primitive. So what did I do next, you ask?
Pulled out a piece of linen and drew a primitive rug and hooked it in #8.
Meanwhile during the year I hooked several more purses for shows and small mats until it was time to go to another rug camp.
The pattern Birds and Pomegranates by Edyth O'Neill was in a book so drew that out for the class with Eric Sandberg; and sold that one.
Was time to put another rug on my frame so chose 1880 Running Horse. This one I hooked on my own using the picture of the antique as a guideline ~ sold this one too.
Going into 2007 Polly Minick was offering Patriotic kits with portion of the proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, which helps wounded warriors and their family. I recently donated this to the American Legion so they could sell chances ~ all proceeds went to their cause.
That was also the year Polly and I developed a great working relationship which lasted 10 years until her recent retirement.
In a class with Lucille Festa I hooked 1847 Turkey, a pattern in a Needl'love publication named Falloween.
Next on my frame was Crow Sampler, a design by Kindred Spirits. I changed it up a bit with the border.
And here is the original on the web site.
Tonya (Mad Hen) invited me to hook a design to be included in an upcoming booklet. There were a few of us rug hookers who were included in that publication. It was quite an honor for me; heck, she provided the pattern as well as the wool. The only stipulation was that the black was to be for the sky (a/k/a/ background).
There ya have it for another blog post rug show. After breakfast I will go back outside and work my aching bones to clean up the small limbs. But at least the trees are being whittled down and the mess will eventually be gone.