Emily Carr meets Vincent Van Gogh

Over two months ago, I started hooking my pattern, Northern Lights a la Emily Carr.  [See my blog posting from March 8].  I usually like to finish what I start without interruption, but life has a habit of getting in the way. 

There was a hook-in; the start of our remodeling project to turn our garage in a studio for me [we’re just waiting for the yellow pine floors now]; the completion of my granddaughter’s rug, Lucy’s Fairy Village; Susan Feller’s Retreat Into the Mountains in West Virginia; the completion of two footstool toppers; planning a Magdalena Rug Hookers retreat and rug show; and various springtime farm chores.  In spite of all of these things, I feel like a slacker for not completing this piece sooner.

To be honest with you, this piece was not easy to hook.  I did all but the sky with a carefree spirit.  I dyed the yummy raspberry wools for the background and had fun hooking some slubby Noro yarn into the trees.  But then came the sky.  Oh, the sky! 

I love northern lights and looked at many photos of them from around the globe.  The colors are so amazing!  I dyed some wool in pinks and yellow and green.  Wrong.  I tried turquoise and blues.  Nope.  At the fourth attempt I decided that I had to be content with it.  It actually looks like a Van Gogh sky, which is fine with me, since he’s my favorite artist.  So, Emily Carr meets Vincent Van Gogh!  I think they would have liked each other.

If you look on my GALLERY page, you’ll see my version of this pattern next to Deb Smith’s interpretation.  Deb used some ArtWool dyed by Susan Feller.  It makes a great northern lights sky.  But that’s what is so great about the same pattern hooked by different people.  They will all be different and that’s just how it should be.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and we each see it through our own eyes

My version of Northern Lights a la Emily Carr.

My version of Northern Lights a la Emily Carr.

Detail of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Detail of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.