Last week I posted a peculiar look at my latest obsession - rug hooking. I have resisted the Siren call for quite a while, but thanks to the kindness and persistence of a friend, I decided to give it a try. My studio certainly has some wool lying around, I reasoned, so why not put it to another use (other than merely doing the usual "wool work" (sewing a pattern - like a wool bird - on fabric). This new hobby is simply pulling wool strips through sturdy fabric (similar to burlap though not as rough). As with anything, there are tricks to how one achieves a desired look, and that is the sort of thing I need to learn.
Once again, here is "Autumn Perch" (the name of the pattern will become apparent once all elements are hooked) the first photo of what I did during my lesson:
And here is what I accomplished during the week:
In this photo, you can see how the fabric is stretched over nails. That may look dangerous, but it really isn't. Those nails aren't sharply pointed like the ones used for pounding into wood, but they are small enough and numerous enough to hold the fabric taut. They are all around the top of my hooking frame. You can also see the lines in the pattern that indicate certain basic lines that one can hook in a darker color to show the indentations in a pumpkin. I chose to change colors often so my version would have more depth, but that isn't necessary. Some people, like my teacher, prefer a more primitive look which is achieved by far less shading.
Anyway, I am really enjoying not only seeing the pattern emerge but the hooking, also.