Sculpted Hand

 My Rings 2018. 12"x16" sculpted hooked wool on linen.  Designed, dyed, and hooked by April D. DeConick.

My Rings 2018. 12"x16" sculpted hooked wool on linen.  Designed, dyed, and hooked by April D. DeConick.

I finished my first sculpted hooked project, my hand.  Cheryl Bollenbach taught me how to sculpt.  You can't see the sculpting so well in this two-dimensional photo, but the hand is made in three dimensions with rounded fingers and knuckles. 

This project was tougher than I thought.  I found myself fighting to pull some loops higher than others, and high enough.  I am so used to correcting my loops as I hook to keep them flat.  While it was difficult, there was something very liberating about pulling different heights, especially around the cuticles, knuckles, and various wrinkles.

The main problem with the piece was hooking a ring that was distinguishable from the hand.  After a failed attempt using wool strips, I went to the sewing store and bought some metallic ribbons.  Once I hooked them, the rings worked, and then so did the hand.  The piece got its name: My Rings.