Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Colour Knowledge is Primo in Rug Hooking


You can see why we need to learn more about colour to help us achieve our goals in rug hooking.
So tricky!

You might find my online class called The Colour Lab helpful.
This is a colour study. An easy to understand class on how to expand your colour craft.
No crazy jibber jabber on theory, this is a practical lab.
13 lessons, a year to do them. 
It's a steal at $150.
Be the rug hooker you always wanted to be.

Monday, April 7, 2014

JJ You old bastard! You thought you had me beat


 It is April and I've just solved a problem in my January Journal Rug that I wasn't willing to move to solve. It meant I had to dye and frankly I didn't feel like it or only had time to dye for work related things. You can just see my stall spot at the right at the bottom of this photo. Under the word smother as a matter of fact and Freudianly the word in the under leaflet is cover. LOL

I loved my rug drawing and I let one leaf of my fern hang under the next but did not plan out how to handle this colourwise.

Insert GREAT BIG DUMB MOVE HERE.

I know better but I don't always do better.
I tried many pieces of wool I had on hand. ( I can see you nodding yes, having been here and bought the T shirt yourself) None did the work of being under, low, down, below, receded or hidden
Complicating matters was the need for lettering to show up.

I don't know if I've ever told you how I love to dye materials I have already used in a rug for another rug. I  also adore to overdye wool from a rug for another part of a rug and that's what I did this time.
I was bored by the lack of layering the In a Word rug had.
BORED. STIFF. EXHAUSTED. DEFEATED BY BANALITY.

I left some of the wool aside to have some original colours so I could mediate my way between old and new and spent a happy hour pepping up, blueing, orangeing, turquoising, yellowfying all manner of greens and I also Red Violetted some other pieces for a happy surprise.
 Very exciting and fun for me.
And now my problem is solved and I'm on a delightful schedule of a leaflet a night.

Also great doings were over dyed for some scintillating background hussahs and hoorahs.

I hope your hooking is vivifying and contenting your heart and not nagging you like a bastard.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tickling My Fancy

This rug - what a great idea and a new twist on our old ideas!
Colourfully spring fresh, an ogee and using up scraps, a powerful triumvirate! From the Contemporary Rug Designs at Rugs USA
I see this working in my near future, nothing is better than having a rug like this to hook when you are working out a problem on another. Do I need to start another rug?
 NO!
Do I need to have some simple joy and pleasure, YES YES YES!!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Hot from the Pot! Cayenne - It's a formula!




These are the Pantone spring colours I'm replicating in the kitchen this week.
Cayenne, the 4th from the right is a beautiful colour.
I used pro chem colours and majic carpet ones together.

1/32 tsp. Red Violet ( MC) 
1/32 tsp. Bright Orange ( PC)
1/32 tsp. Magenta ( PC)
1/32 tsp. Bright Red ( PC)
1/32  tsp. Chocolate Brown ( MC)

In a dye bath method over 1/2 yd. natural wool

Monday, March 10, 2014

There's a fly in my house

Yes a live buzzing fly and that can only mean SPRING.

It's time to blossom


This is the rug I learned to dye on. I still love me old dead daisies.
Started off lady like on the roses around the outside  and broke free on the middle one and went on a glorious ride for all the rest. 
Blooming right!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Making New Friends! Uses for Yarn in Rug Hooking

A study rug I punched with yarns of all sort from ribbon to sock, bulky weight to fine.
I'd like to return to this subject again for a 10 year do over.

I've a recommendation for you, you don't see me doing this very often but I've had very wonderful  exchanges and terrific customer service with Laurel and she tells me she started a new website just lately you might find helpful addictive pleasurable.
When I want it, she has it and her shipping rates are wonderful.
I found her at handknitting.com and she told me yesterday the splendid news about her other new site that sells discontinued yarn at excellent prices, Dyed and Gone

Uses rug hookers have for yarn:
use sock yarn quadrupled for whipping
punch it
hook it for a fun change, for little details, for a new texture
knit it and hook through it
crochet it and hook through it
for colour inspirations
felt it for embellishments to sew on our rugs

Thursday, February 27, 2014

5 things that will make you a better rug hooker


Use the following as required, expect to see blossoming in one or two minutes:

Look
Don't rely on instruction or the object of your hooking as hooked by others. Look look look at the object itself. What parts come together to make it look like itself? Now look at the way artists of other mediums used colour to create this object because as a whole we are piss poor colourists no matter what people tell you.

In the beginning think of the whole work
You are dealing with a complex array of decisions, work the big ones out before you start. What is it, where is it placed, when is this taking place, how big, what cuts, where will I get colour, what are my main colors, what is the mood and style?

Don't fall in love with your work
If you do you will not see its shortcomings, this will inhibit your growth. No matter how expert there is room for growth.

Make something more than once
We only light on a object for a brief time, it has much more to tell us, give it opportunity.

Carry what knowledge you accumulate forward to the next work.

Do not rely upon the collective rules of rug hooking, nor what you read or are told. Ask why, if there is no good answer, don't do it. Seek your own answers by looking.


There are innovators, imitators and lastly theives. You will fit into one of these categories more than another. Innovators think and do things in new ways, imitators act and quickly follow these good ideas, thieves take an innovation, call it something new and tell us they invented it.
To tell when you are in the presence of a big T look for work that does not live up to the talk. Follow them if you like but they are as satisfying as a hollow Easter bunny, nothing to bite into!
We are all some mix of all three.

Pick up your hook and frame and make anything, make ugly, pretty, sad, happy , good and bad. Make and Make again what is true for you.

Don't look for accolades. You must know when you feel you did well, what other people say or not should not stop you. Now go say something nice to others about their work, it helps make you a better looker and a bigger person, put out what you want back.

Look for your own heart and to your own life and your skill set for expression of your own style. You don't need to do what the bishops, queens and kings are doing, this makes you their pawns.

Let go of old shit, it just doesn't work when you are dancing your heart out to be carrying a big old sack of dung, so heavy and useless. You need fertilizer of a different sort.

Keep your inspiration and love tank topped up.

Look after your body and your time wisely.


Learn to count.


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Making Stuff

Yup I'm still doing it... my Jan. Journal.
I'm dogged if nothing else.

 I really like seeing photos of my rugs in progress to help me on my way .... you can see when things are working or not. In a simple attempt to create logo placement for Target I've compromised my very soul
Out it will come. I do like the bottom one though and will continue on dotting and such in the background. 
I think I want to create some glow so I'll dye a new green better yet  I'll just over dye some of the ones I'm using with yellow.

Also knitting this:



Dyed this mohair :



Generally letting messes lay where they're made.  It's a skill

I've been teaching on some great subjects on the Welcome Mat are you missing out?
 •how to create more dimension using planes
 •great examinations of artwork to look for ways we can do better hooking and over come problems we run into.  
•brave hookers asked how the piece they are working on might be improved, we learn so much when this happens. 
We're about to study three orange dyes rug hookers own and how they compare to each other and a video on the great technique of padding is coming your way this coming week.

So much great info with a live studio feel.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pin Keep Week

This week we created pin cushions as part of our weekly lesson on the Welcome Mat. We want to keep our minds open and ideas flowing and take a step away from rug hooking from time to time. Great inspiration can be found by expanding horizons and it can be fun to use our wool and linen in new ways. It can refresh our parameters a great deal.

Here is mine.