Charlie Finished Up

Finished hooking Charlie.  Bound him with a wool binding to match the outside content of the rug, rather than as a frame.  This let's the eye continue to move out of the picture.

I hooked this piece to showcase "light".  In this piece, I didn't want just any old light.  I wanted Charlie bathed in the moonlight. 

Charlie 2013, 18" by 24", Cut #6

Faces of the Houston Zoo Series

I tried to do this by using cool light values on the areas of his face that the moonlight would be hitting most prominently, and then digging deep into the shadow areas with dark warmer values of the same colors.  Did it work? 

The piece is 18" by 24".  I used two 8-value packages each of the following colors of Red Jack Rug Palette Wool:

My original photo of Charlie posing at the Houston Zoo through plexiglass window.

My original photo of Charlie posing at the Houston Zoo through plexiglass window.

  • Twinkle Periwinkle 156
  • Shades of Dusk 123
  • Gossamer Gray 131
  • Midnight Heath 166
  • Highland Lilac 133
  • Violet Twilight 132
  • Norfolk Lavender 110

For the eyes, I used strips of wool from Palette Packs:

  • Lake Agate 127
  • Tanglewood 148

Totals on this rug: 9 different colors and 72 different values.

Charlie Check-in

I was able to work on Charlie over the weekend - at guild on Saturday and during the evening yesterday.  I have completed his face now and the entire right side.  I am moving over top of his head now and then down the left side. 

Charlie will measure 18" by 24" when complete.  So he is a big guy staring at me.

Charlie detail of green gray

As I am hooking in the colors, I am delighted with how one of the grays is taking on a green tone next to the dark purples. 

I have decided to try to match the value of the beauty line on the edge of the rug with the colors of the chimpanzee that I have hooked up to the edge.  I wonder if, when I bind the rug off with my wool binding, it will be worth the effort to similarly match the value of the binding to the value of the beauty line.  This would give the impression of no edge, or at least no constant edge limiting the rug.

Charlie in progress

Charlie in the New Year

I have been busy busy busy with Christmas and the New Year.  We had a wonderful time this year with my husband's parents and my sister's family visit us from the north.  So I didn't get much rug hooking done!

I sat down the last two days and plied the wool to Charlie.  Now he has a mouth and a nose. 

Looking good Charlie.

Charlie in progress

Meet Charlie

I have started a new mat to play with the contrast of light and dark.  My theme with this rug is "where there is light, there is dark."  The subject is a chimpanzee who lives at the Houston Zoo.  His name is Charlie.  I shot a good photo of him a couple of Christmases ago when the exhibit first opened.  I have wanted to hook his face since I took the photo, but haven't been able to get around to it until now.  The piece will be 18" by 24" when complete.  It is called Charlie and is my second mat in the Faces of the Houston Zoo series.  Jonathan was the first.

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Charlie

Three days in progress