Fiber craft- Rug hooking, Spinning, Felting, Knitting, Crochet and whatever else I can think of....
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tribal Rabbits Finished!!!
I finished the tribal rabbits at a little after 11 AM today. I really whizzed through this one. I maybe have 4 days total hooking time in this with 6-10 hours of hooking a day as I would hook starting in about 9:30 and keep going fairly steady until 4 PM then hook again in the evening for about 1-3 hours. I used a combo of 3's and leftovers in random sizes from other projects. The back ground evolved as I went along. I had seen something similar to it on a primitive rug hooking calender as a background but wasn't planned out when I started hooking. I hope the colors all work out okay with one another and I think I achieved my dulled palette I was going for. I found out I really need to dye up more browns as I was more limited in a range of browns shades than I was any other color I was using. The mat is 17 x 22 and I still have to finish the edge. I may have to spin up some yarn for this and dye it as I don't think I have anything I can use on it right now.
I'm going to start on the sheep tonight. It's going to have a gold background and I have been going back and forth over whether to do the sheep in black or a different color like blues or browns. The background is going to be more solid though of multiple shades of golds. Backgrounds are still giving me fits and I really agonize over them. I wonder if I can do one similar to the rabbits but not quite as pronounced in the golds so it's a pattern but not an obvious one. I don't want the background to be so busy or stand out as much. Most of my golds are overdyed over camel and tans from suits and skirts. Though there are a couple of pieces that came from the inherited stash.
I'm getting to feel better about my hooking. I'm still disappointed that no one has been interested in purchasing any of my patterns yet. I hope the new designs will spark some interest maybe. I do have a craft show coming up in April and I'm trying to get some rugs for sale for it so I am really pushing myself on getting hooking done now. Maybe showing my work will get people interested here in SC in trying to hook. If it wasn't for all the on-line support hooking groups I would get totally discouraged with it. That and Facebook have been helping keeping me going since I don't have a local group to hook with. Annyway back to cutting up strips....
62, Mother of 7, grandmother of 9 so far. Fine and commercial artist, crafts person of multiple crafts for 40 plus years. I process wool and other fibers from raw, card. com, dye with food dyes, spin on a German modern wheel, or on handmade spindles. I also wet and needlefelt, knit and crochet, sew, bead, doll and toymaking, and used to design cross stitch patterns for my company FanXstitch and for Stitcher's World Magazine.