My work in progress [WIP] is a work in progress.
Judy Carter’s book, Hooking Animals [© 2014 Stackpole Books], is bookmarked and often referred to as I go along. Judy mostly hooks with narrow #3 and #4 wool strips, but I am hooking these dogs with wider #7 wool strips. That’s as narrow as I like to go, so I have used Judy’s book as an inspirational jumping-off point.
It has taken me years to realize and accept that I hook the way I hook. Although I have learned and incorporated many helpful hooking tips through the years, I must have confidence in my own abilities. I plan to look to my friend, Nancy Parcels, for inspiration as I do the background.
It does indeed take a village!
Another lesson that has been obvious as I hook, unhook, and re-hook this dog rug, is that I need to employ a bit of good old, Artistic License. I have certainly done that in the past. In this case I tried many colors for the eyes and although the eyes of these dogs are usually brown, in the photo there is a definite yellow/gold cast. I settled on a rusty-orange wool, which gives the eyes more definition and helps them stand out.
I shall be jumping over to do Whiskey’s head next. After that, the rest of the rug should be less stressful. Don’t quote me on that.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in channeling the hooking tips of expert rug hookers.