Posted by: laurawp | February 8, 2015

The Colour of Black in Rugs

'Dahlia' designed and hooked by Laura Pierce

‘Dahlia’ designed and hooked by Laura Pierce

The Dahlia is dip-dyed in 2 different lengths of wool, to make the petals easy to hook. The black background suspends the dahlia in shadow and makes it pop. But oh… hooking black is difficult… hard to see what you’re doing. This and most of my dark backgrounds are hooked in a dark texture, the result is generally the same.

'Emma - Rug Artist' designed and hooked by Laura Pierce

‘Emma – Rug Artist’ designed and hooked by Laura Pierce

Hooking my mother’s portrait with her black shirt, I used some colourful spot-wools and textures to hook the lines of the folds. It gives the illusion of shape instead of a black void.

'Young Will Pierce' adapted and hooked by Laura Pierce

‘Young Will Pierce’ adapted and hooked by Laura Pierce

Grandpa Will’s black hat would be flat without the brown and grey textures.

'Kitwanger Pole' from painting by Emily Carr and hooked by Laura Pierce

‘Kitwanger Pole’ from painting by Emily Carr and hooked by Laura Pierce

I bought this pattern from Sheila Stewart a few years ago. It’s from a painting by Emily Carr (1871 – 1945), an artist from Victoria, BC. The pattern is produced by Rittermere-Hurst-Field. It was time to hook it, as there will be a rug show of Emily’s paintings at the TIGHR conference coming up in October 2015. Using Emily’s painting as a guild, I used stronger colours than she did to high light the shape of the black totem pole. With the ‘black pop’ the colours are quite bright… and pleasing to me.

'Rufus and Milo' designed by Laura Pierce and hooking in progress

‘Rufus and Milo’ designed by Laura Pierce and hooking in progress

The ‘Kitwanger Pole’ experience has made me bold enough to hook this black long-haired dachshund named Milo! He is so black, except for a few tan markings, that he is hard to photograph. I’ve hooked several black and tan doxies in the past, but they’ve all been in the folk-art style. I’m teaching an ‘Animal Faces’ workshop in Grants Pass, Oregon in May, so this rug is a good rehearsal… ha!

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Responses

  1. Thank you Laura….this was great to read. Taught me lots about hooking with black.

  2. I love all your hookings!! The Emily Carr is beautiful!

  3. Nice article!


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