Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Latest Plein Air Piece

I recently began a small piece for my Plein Air hooking group that I wrote about in one of my last posts. I hooked this piece outside in my back yard in a garden where the day lilies are just coming up.  Often I try to put too much detail in these small pieces, so I was pleased with the way this turned out. It is called "Emerging." The piece was hooked with yarn and wool and a bit of roving was added to define some of the edges.

My kitty, Madeleine decided to see if the softness of roving lives up to its reputation. She hopped in the basket and was getting cosy and when I caught her in the act!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Latest Felting Project

I've been doing a fair amount of felting and stitching. This is my latest project.

The background of this piece is a piece of natural wool that I painted with ProChem dyes using a foam brush. I painted a few others at the same time, not knowing what I would do with them. When I decided to start a new felting project, I pulled one of them out not sure of how the felt would adhere. It did fine! I added a lot of embroidery stitches, some beads, ribbon, and yarn, and the above is the result. After the felting was done, I added some batting and applied a back and binding.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I'm in Rug Beat Magazine!

Last fall, I joined Lori LaBerge's plein air hooking group via the internet. The concept was simple. Take out your hooking equipment, some worms, a comfy chair and venture outdoors to hook what you see. It is really a fun process as you turn the shadows and lights into loops. I've done four pieces now. Got them done before the cold weather set in.

Anyway, Lori was asked to write an article for Rug Beat online magazine about the group. I am lucky enough to have two of my rugs in this article.

Here is the teaser that came from Rug Beat via email:

Rug Beat #10 is ready for you!

Click here to read it now.

The new Rug Beat is filled with inspiration! Learn new techniques, like hooking en plein air and adding freeform crochet to your hooked rugs. See what artists are doing with these techniques to make contemporary hooked art, and learn how to apply them to your own work. 

Click on the links to take you to Rug Beat. The cost is around $10.00 per year and is well-worth the investment.

One of my rugs included in this article is called "Fall Descending." It is hooked with wool and yarn.