Today is the midpoint of this year's rug workshop for most of the students. By this time, they've established their color plan, have picked their wools, and are well into hooking their rugs. Panic will ensue tomorrow when everyone realizes they're leaving on Sunday and won't have Beverly at their elbow to help them with any questions they may have. Seated on the floor, Beverly (R) is helping Cheri (L) with her animal projects. The other photo is a good example of a creative mess!!
Now, a little more about traditional rug hooking. Traditional rug hooked pieces can sell for various $ amounts - usually anywhere from $150.00 - $300.00 PER square foot. There are variables involved. What is the backing? Burlap (less expensive) or Monks cloth or linen (more expensive)? Is the wool used as-is (less expensive) or hand-dyed (more expensive)? How intricate is the design? Is it simplistic (less expensive) or very intricate (more expensive)? Is the pattern one of many (less expensive) or an original one-of-a-kind (more expensive)? Mom hooked this vegetable rug for Taylor, my younger son who is a chef. It will be his Christmas present.
Hand-hooked rugs are wonderful heirlooms to hand down to the generations to come. If you're lucky, you may have inherited one from a grandmother or other relative. You can also run across the occasional find - a well preserved and nicely hooked rug in an antique shop.
Hooked rug patterns are often very simple and the use of different hand-dyed wool - both solids and textures - add excitement to a piece. Some of the cutest rugs I've seen are ones that children have designed/drawn.
The patterns are drawn on your choice of backing material with a waterproof marker. They look so simple - like coloring book pictures - just black-line drawings. The magic comes when the rug hooker interprets the pattern with her/his color choices. A room full of people can hook the same piece and no two would come out looking alike. It's the interpretation that makes each rug so special.
LeeAnn, Val, Janet, and Pam! If you all are reading, WE MISS YOU!!! Wish you were all here hooking with us!! And, Jackie, Bev does remember you! How in the world could she NOT? Your class was such a hoot!
Hey, I expect you all at HOOKIN' at the LAKE 2008! Yeah, they twisted my arm!!!
Now, aren't these sheep absolutely beautiful!?!?!?!?? This piece was hooked by Beverly. It is a long rug but I had to photograph it in sections. So, picture these pictures side by side. Note the black sheep is photographed twice. In the actual rug, there are 4 "white" sheep and 1 female
See how she used different shades of dark wool on the black sheep to give the appearance of locks of wool? Using all the different shades of "dark" gives the sheep depth. Same with the "white" sheep. She used light wools to create the semblance of locks of wool. A terrific job, Bev! I also love the horns!!
Tomorrow, we will be open to the public if anyone wants to come in and look at our small finished rug display and wander around the class watching students hook and to see their newest creations. I have my soaps, creams, and butters for sale and Daddy has a good selection of baskets.
Stay tuned! More to come!!