Every time a bell rings.

I’ve been thinking about angel wings this past week.  I thought I was all set to hook the wings on my Tombstone Angel rug.  Apparently, I was wrong.  I tried three different combinations of dusty lavenders and greens, which just didn’t work.  I love those colors together, so this was a bit disappointing.

Delving into my rather extensive wool stash, I came up with a series of mossy greens.  I hooked the lightest hue at the top of the wing and worked my way down. I looked at this for a few days to see if I liked it.  I do. Then the final tweak was to “reverse hook” the brown over-dyed wool that I had used between the feathers and replace it with some leftover off-white wool that I had spot-dyed with dark khaki for the German Shorthaired Pointer rug that I finished recently.  This echoes the pale marbled look of the angel’s face.

This past week, I was also aware of angel wings when our beagle-mix rescue, Benji, grew his wings and flew to the Rainbow Bridge.  This is always a painful thing to go through.  I have had many dogs in my life and it never gets any easier.  But he was sick for a long time and he told me he was ready to go.  I’ve put a photo below of him when he modeled for my Hutchinson-esque rug that I designed and hooked a few years ago.  Fly high, Benji.

This week I will finish hooking the Tombstone Angel rug and hopefully start the gift rug I want to hook. I’m not even settled on a design for that one, so I’d better get a move on.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the angels that fly around all us.

I think she likes her wing.  One more to go!

I think she likes her wing.  One more to go!

Benji is immortalized in my Hutchinson-esque rug.

Benji is immortalized in my Hutchinson-esque rug.

Benji in his favorite pose.  

Benji in his favorite pose.  

Topsy-turvy.

Winter arrived on the first day of spring.  The clocks sprang forward and I don’t know what time it is.  I get up at 4:30 a.m., which is really 3:30. “They” can’t fool me! Things are feeling topsy-turvy right now.

So, as long as that’s how it’s going to be until Standard Time returns, I decided to start my Tombstone Angel rug by hooking the background.  I’m using the over-dyed grey wools that I bought from Jan Cole, The Wool ‘n’ Gardener, for the background instead of the tan over-dyes that I planned on using there.  Switcheroo.  The tans I’ll use for the feather outlines.  I have some yummy lavender, moss green, and spotty cream wool for the feathers.  I wonder how that will turn out?  It will be a surprise as I hook along.

I’m also designing another rug that I will show as I hook it, although it’s a gift for someone.  That one will be filled with lots of color.  I think.  But like all of my rugs, they color plan themselves. 

Who knows what will happen in my topsy-turvy world?

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the surprises that occur every day in my rug hooking studio.

The background is hooked with #8.5 wool cloth strips.  The rest will be in an 8 cut.

The background is hooked with #8.5 wool cloth strips.  The rest will be in an 8 cut.

Angels all around.

The Magdalena Rug Hookers are busy designing and hooking angel rugs for an upcoming rug exhibit at the Landis House in Newport, PA.  The exhibit will be hung in early August with a main theme of angels. 

So far, I’ve seen angel cats, an angel with a cat, a mediaeval angel, a snow angel, a tombstone angel, and a garden angel.  I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the idea.  An angel can be depicted in many diverse ways.

I had previously hooked a snow angel rug and now I’m working on an angel from a primitive tombstone.  This one will be done with a separate trapunto face with embroidered features.

How do you get your design ideas?  Like angels, there are many ways for a design idea to develop.  A few years ago, I was struggling a bit with a rug design for my granddaughter when a rug hooking friend suggested I make the rug circular.  That suggestion instantly created a fully formed design in my mind’s eye.

With my newest angel rug, it was a piece of wool that I received when I took a dye class with Nancy Z. Parcels at Sauder Village last August.  This piece [see below] was part of a white wool garment that Nancy had deconstructed and spot-dyed with some khaki dye.  To me it looks like moss and lichen-covered stone and therefore I’ll be using it for the angel’s face.  Just this small piece of dyed wool created an entire design in my mind.  I love when that happens!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and sometimes where you don’t expect it.

My angel design with the dyed wool for the face and some for the wings.

My angel design with the dyed wool for the face and some for the wings.

The angel's face with a moss and lichen "halo".  

The angel's face with a moss and lichen "halo".