I have completed the final ninth mat in the Zoo Zone series, the Mandrill. While I plan to hook more animal faces in the future and add to this collection, this is the original nine that I will be teaching at the ATHA Biennial in Denver this August. I will have patterns and instructions available in Denver for each of these faces for those who are in the class and for those who happen by my classroom and want to try to hook one if these charming animals. Even the mandrill is grinning! They are all show offs for sure, loving their picture taken.
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Alexander and I had a great time at the Houston Zoo taking photos of the animals. We were so happy to see that a new lion is prowling there, and spent most of the day coming and going near his exhibit to see if we could get a good enough photo for me to create a companion rug for Satu the Tiger. On our last round of the zoo in the late afternoon, Hasani the lion decided to get up from his nap and climb the central rock where he sat there really looking sassy, the king of the animals. We go so many great shots it was hard to decide which to use for my inspiration. But here is the picture that well was picture perfect.
I spent two weeks creating the pattern, transferring it to linen, and getting all the wool cut and organized. This time I am trying something different with wool organization, using floss organizers in tight baskets. Each organizer has 8 different wool in one value. I have 8 warm wools and 8 cooler wools in order to help create the kind of shadows and light I hope to achieve.
The colors for Ashani are:
58-Wiil ‘O Wisp
23-Shades of Dusk
My latest project is Zoo Faces, which I am teaching at the ATHA biennial in Denver in August. I plan to have as many 7 x 7 inch animal faces hooked as possible so that students have their choice of mats to hook themselves as they learn my Zonalism technique. I just finished five faces, and hope to add another five over the next two months. The faces are all hooked with #6-cut straps leftover from my larger projects.
If you are interested in the class, check back occasionally to my website to see new Zoo Faces posted as I finish them.
Also, if there is an animal you want me to create, leave me a comment or send me a message by email.