Saint Nicholas 2009: First Eve

Santa's face is already emerging after one evening of hooking. I'm using 6-cut, and even with this width I am able to get incredible detail. I am amazed how Palette Dyeing has transformed my rug hooking. I finally have at my hand every color of the rainbow in six values, two tints, two tones, and two shades.

The result is that I can hook anything by studying the values of a black and white photo of my inspiration picture (the lightness and darkness) and hooking accordingly without worry about color since all my colors are created from the same three dye formulas. All my wools automatically look great together! I am so glad that I had that conversation this summer with Sondra when the light bulb went on in my head about needing to create an artist's palette of wool.

Needless to say, I'm having fun! I've hooked his face - I always start with the eyes, and put in the lightest values in the hair and beard.