As I hook along on my Found on Beach piece, I’m still pondering how to attach the beach litter to it. After I finish the hooking and blocking, I might proddy some junk into the hooking and then back it with a piece of foam-core [reused from another purpose, of course], so there will be something to sew the bigger or heavier items onto. Time will tell if this will work.
I hooked the pail and shovel in #8 cut wool strips and the sand in my new-favorite #8.5 strips. I love combining a number of sandy-colored wools to achieve the look of footprints on the sand. I rarely hook something in one flat color.
My basket of available litter and trash is overflowing. It is probably too much for the two pollution pieces I’m doing, but I’ll use up as much as I can.
On another topic, yesterday the family of Magdalena Briner Eby donated one of her original hooked rugs to the Historical Society of Perry County [PA], where Magdalena lived. Some of us Magdalena Rug Hookers were there to witness the donation and offer a small rug show and demonstratio to members of that committee. I felt a certain pride that so many of us rug hookers from all over the globe, have a connection to this simple country woman, who made rugs to keep her floors warm and decorated them with motifs from her farming ways. I’m sorry I didn’t take my camera to get a photo of the hand-over.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the art of rug hooking through the centuries.