Wool strips on linen backing, 10" x 9"
I'm enrolled in Deanne Fitzpatrick's new online course, "Getting Wild with Style". This piece was created with a Van Gogh influence and my fascination with vast expanses and "big" skies. I love the color of snow on a moonlit night. I might be standing in the darkened room in the farmhouse looking out the window.
The wool for the snow was dyed in a roll. I sandwiched together different colors of wool, rolled them like a jelly roll, and tied it with string. I put the roll in water in the dye pot with soap, put it on the stove, and let the colors bleed out of the pieces. After a while, I added vinegar and the color reabsorbed. I like the result, but I can't replicate it.
This pillow is made from an old Karlkraft pattern that I bought on Ebay. The pattern is the rooster with a plain background. Not wanting to hook the background in one color, I took my Sharpie and drew a landscape. I used the colors from the bird in the background.
I put the pillow together 4 days ago and already had to take it apart and repair "the cat" pulls. Guess I'll have to put it away for now.
I completed this penny rug in a class at The Quilted Crow in Boxborough, MA with Diane Daniels. This is her design and it is made with hand dyed wool. I cut each applique and basted it to the base fabric before doing the decorative stitches to attach the pieces. All the tongues are backed for a neat appearance. The back is covered with a pumpkin colored cotton.
After reading Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines by Linda Kemp, I thought I would try painting only the negative spaces. So.... I didn't paint the trees. I painted the spaces between the trees. It was a fun exercise, one in warm colors, one cool.
These pieces began with the idea they would become hooked Artist Trading Cards. However, when I designed the patterns, I didn't consider that the hooking would enlarge the design. ATCs are supposed to be 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", so I decided to finish these as ornaments. Each piece has a strip for hanging, a wool backing (to cover the backside of the hooking), and a strip around the edge to neaten the sides. The cat's eyes and nose and the crabs eyes are glass beads.
This zentangle is colored with Inktense pencils. They are water soluble and the color is more vibrant than watercolor pencil. Some areas I colored and went over the pencil with clear water and a fine brush, and other areas I used the wet brush to take color off the pencil point.
This zentangle started with a folded paper snowflake (like the ones I did in grade school). First I folded the paper and then cut into the folded edges and the outer edge. I know that in nature snowflakes have 6 sides. I just wanted more areas to tangle. I lightly traced parts of the cutouts as they were and connected the lines to make a new design. The idea came from Zen Mandalas. The author admits to getting the idea online. Now, I'm off to color the piece.
This is the latest rug. I'm off in a new direction, a lot of different fibers and design elements. The change is due to the influence of Deanne Fitzpatrick from Canada (Amherst, Nova Scotia). I took a 5 week on-line course with her called Wild with Wool. It was well worth the time and money. She developed a site that students entered by password with video demonstrations, audio recordings, activities, and critiques of student work. She includes her technique, her philosophy, and personal anecdotes. She encourages each student not to hook like her, but to find their own artistic voice. Participants were able to interact with one another and upload photos of work and questions, if you chose to do so. She's offering the same class again in April.
A simple mat using a single color palette. Green was a challenge, but good practice. There are many times I look at a landscape I want to paint and there are so many shades of green. This is an original design.
This small rug is a sampler of various fibers; yarn, felted sweater, ribbon, cording, and wool strips. It is a way to understand what different types of fiber look like when hooked. (and it serves as a reminder to me) I then hooked an over dyed wool background.
This piece is an exercise in hooking with something I never used before. The little hooked mat is made of strips of old t-shirts. I cut the 1" strips horizontally with a rotary cutter and then pulled them to make them roll. Some strips I hooked close, some I hooked high, and some of the high finished loops I cut with scissors.
This punch needle piece was done with 3 strand embroidery floss (DCM). I use a needle with precut gauges that is made by CTR, Inc.. The needle comes with a threader and instructions
(purchased at The Quilted Crow in Boxborough, MA). I use a hand-held gripper frame as it holds the cloth very taut and it doesn't slip.
Miniature Punch Needle on weaver's cloth with a woolen cloth mat, 4 1/2" X 4 1/2 "
This piece was done with 3 strand embroidery thread (DCM and Weeks Dye Works). The Weeks embroidery thread is hand over dyed and has beautiful color variations that add interest. I cut the mat from a piece of plaid wool and sewed it to the weavers cloth, sewing as close as possible to the punch needle work.
A goal for 2012 is to finish some of my many uncompleted projects. This rug was actually my second rug. I hooked the sheep and then found after completing 1/2 of the background, I didn't have enough brown wool to finish. My option was to undue some of the hooked background, add a mix of other brown wool, and then rehook and finish the background. It was discouraging to have to unhook what I had already completed, so it was rolled up and put in a closet. I decided to finish the rug in December. The swirly white lines in the background were hooked with temporary strips. When the background was complete, I removed the wool and rehooked the swirls (can you believe it?) with a little wider strip. I made sure that I pulled the strips a little higher, so the design would be clear.
This is a journal of drawn, painted, and fiber works. I love color, light, and pattern. I am learning all the time. I enjoy exploring different mediums, but most of my work is in pastel, colored pencil, and fiber. The paintings and drawings are part of my collection unless otherwise noted, and may not be reproduced without permission of the artist.