I have begun pulling loops on my latest rug design, which will hang at the head of our bed. It depicts our eleven-year-old, one-eyed, Boston terrier, Ikey, among the flowers in my hubby’s perennial bed. I decided to title the design, It’s All Black and White, which has a double meaning. Of course, Ikey is black and white, but it also refers to the fact that dogs don’t see in color. What a shame to miss all the beautiful floral colors that I plan to hook.
In this blog posting, I want to pay homage to Judy Carter. If you are a rug hooker worth your salt, you have heard of Judy and images of her amazing animal rugs come easily to mind. Now, I must emphatically say that, “I am NO Judy Carter!” And because I am not, I grabbed my copy of her book, Hooking Animals [copyright 2014 Stackpole Books] to get some helpful tips.
Judy’s book is such a great resource. She breaks down each facial element and focuses on how to hook it. Start with the eyes, then on to the nose, ears, fur, etc. I’m using a #8 cut [1/4” wide wool strips], so that limits the detail I am able to achieve, but I’m pretty happy with Ikey’s face. He is a dark dog with dark irises, with little or no sclera showing, which would help to make his one eye stand out. He also likes to stick out his tongue. My first attempt of the pink tongue looked like he had pink buckteeth! But after some reverse hooking in spots [and more to come, I’m sure] he’s looking more like himself. So, thank you, Judy Carter!
This past weekend, I was at Susan Feller’s annual Retreat Into the Mountains. [of West Virginia]. This was my fourth time there and it is always such a wonderful, relaxing time spent with a great group of hookers. Thank you, Susan, for another terrific retreat.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the community of rug hookers everywhere.