As I have been working on the Stack o’ Jacks wall hanging for my friend, a thought came to me. I am hooking this in a painterly style. I’ve certainly done this kind of hooking before, but as I was hooking the blue gourd it really jumped out at me.
When I was in art school many, many years ago, oil painting was what I loved to do. The texture of the paint created a three-dimensional effect when put on the canvas with a palette knife and could be scraped away to reveal colors underneath. The richness of the colors was unsurpassed by acrylics, which I tried and quickly abandoned.
When I begin a new hooked piece, I always go to my worm/noodle bin first to see what I can use up. As we all know, these worms have a habit of reproducing when we’re not looking. Pulling out worms that will work is fun and I also look for some that are similar but different than the colors with which I am working. I look for a variety of textures and widths of the strips.
I have plenty of worms in the green-blue of the gourd. That is one of my favorite colors. I found worms leftover from a winter scene I hooked, which will be in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine. These made good highlights on the gourd. Some other worms were from over-dyed wool that I bought for another project. Some were from ocean designs. Lots of choices. I also found some in a wider cut with bits of red in them. Different widths and different wools all work to give interest to this gourd. I’ve posted a close-up photo below showing the many different wools.
Pumpkins are a fun and popular design element in hooking. This design could also be hooked in a more primitive style with duller colors and a flatter hooking style and with fewer different wools. Either way would be perfect for this stack of pumpkins. Although this pattern isn’t on the Shop page of my website yet, it is available hand-drawn on linen for $55 plus shipping. Contact me through my website if you'd like to order it.
I will share more of my painterly style rugs in the future.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in painting with wool.