Where Have I Been, What Have I Been Doing?

The day after Christmas, I started working on the “cow rug” seriously. I worked almost every day on it for hours. I had started it the year before at my Anaheim rug retreat, and I wanted to try to finish it to bring back and show to everyone this year.

Somehow I developed a fear of hooking the cows. So periodically I would write the goal to finish one cow. Here I put the baby on the hill above the mama.

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I am very happy with these cows. I was actually able to make it clear that there was a baby and a mama stuck together.

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This cow was my hardest. It is a Scottish Highland cow, and they have very long hair. I finally hooked it with an angora sweater that I had felted and dyed, and brushed the angora after I finished hooking it. I need to re-work the face a little. (the hair hangs over her eyes.)

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Finally I was finished with the cows and the hills, and I needed a sky. So I googled sky images and used this one as inspiration. I was very happy when I gathered my wool fabrics and realized that I had plenty of wool in the right colors for the sky.

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And here is the finished rug. Of course, its not completely finished. It needs to be blocked and have some finished touches put on it. In case you don’t remember, I chose cows from all over the world. The hills are from a picture I took of our local hills. That mountain is supposed to be Mount Zion. And the redwood trees were something that Gene (hooking teacher) and I came up with as a frame. Of course, redwood trees don’t really grow in my foothills, but they make such a nice frame, and I always think the redwoods seem like a cathedral. I used hand spun yarn and wool for the redwood leaves.

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For my next project, I became enamored of these wonderful Egyptian tapestries. Here is their website.

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I decided to do a series of these in rug hooking, displaying the life of Christ. As you can see, my drawings are quite elementary. I add stuff as I go along. I added more people, more plants, and you can see that I changed the branches from straight lines to more curvy lines. These are going to be small rugs, about 24″ tall, and probably a bit more in width. I do like that the Egyptian tapestries display plants from that area of the world, which is different than I would draw if I was using my local plants! This rug is Jesus feeding the 5000 people. Of course, I am not going to hook 5000 people 🙂

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This is how much I accomplished in four days of rug hooking in Anaheim. Because these are smaller, and I want to get some details in, I am using #4 cuts, which are smaller than the #6 and #8 cuts that I usually use.

5 thoughts on “Where Have I Been, What Have I Been Doing?

  1. Love, Love, Love your work!! I think you’re truly one of the best “out there”! Thanks for inspiring me. I started rug hooking about four or five years ago and got into designing right away, but I haven’t finished any of them yet (a few rugs and about eight mug rug designs I came up with, mostly inspired by Persian rugs and William Morris). I did have my grandchildren draw pictures that I hooked for them, and I did one for my daughter in Montana when she and her husband bought some land (I did a Bee Hollow-type design for her as she wants to have bees someday), but I decided to finish up quilts before getting back to the rugs. I am still working most days, so my time is limited, but I love seeing your pictures and vicariously live through you (not in a channeling way…ha ha). God bless and keep ’em coming!!

  2. Cows came out beautiful. Your collaboration with Gene about the redwood trees as the frame just sets the piece so nicely, and the color shadings throughout the rug are incredible!

    Looking forward to seeing your new project evolve. I like that you get an idea and leave yourself open to making changes as you go.

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