I decided to hook this rug when our guild contracted Elizabeth Black to teach us a class or two. The design is from a photograph that my great grandmother took of my grandmother in Denver Co. in the late 1800’s. In the original photogaph is sepia toned and there is a covered bridge in the backround. I was planning to hook the whole scene, but Elizabeth cautioned me to concentrate on Mabel. I’m so glad i took her advice.
I assembled my wool pallette and cut #3 strips in anticipation of our workshop. Mabel’s face and hands required a few strips and came together very quickly! I’m still using those #3 cut wool strips… whenever I need some skin tones… Ha!
I took both Elizabeth Black classes; it was a great opportunity to work with her. My second project was our family cat; Thomas. He had a good personality and everyone in the family loved Thomas. He has passed away, but the stories live on. I played with the idea of putting an Italian landscape in the background, like the days of old. Using #3 cut and hooking acres of whites, creams and greys, I grew weary in the project. When Thomas was completed, I abandoned my fine ideas and made him into a cat doll. Sewing a black wool backing onto the linen and whipping closely with black wool, he came to life!
I share Thomas with my mother… he’s at my house presently… here on the desk.