Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Barnyard Sheep is complete

There are some patterns that hook themselves and this was one of them. I designed this rug to challenge myself with depth perception (see previous post) and enjoyed the process. 
Lately, I have been pushing myself to hook rugs out of my box to expand  my hooking horizon and grow as an artist. Barnyard sheep challenged me not only with depth perception but also with color as these colors are not my normal palette.
After hooking this rug, I'm not so intimidated to hook landscapes and look forward to more challenging landscape patterns. 
The barnyard sheep pattern (14 x 20) is available for purchase for $35 plus shipping. 
M next challenge is to finish a rug that I started last fall when Alice Frazier, Ali Strebel and myself got together for a hooking weekend at Alice's fabulous cottage on Lake Erie. I think I surprised them when I started hooking this rug. I'm not sure if I shared this "way out of my box" project with you. 
So do any of you feel the need to challenge yourself as an artist and do something different or are you content to hook rugs that you like? Inquiring minds want to know.  
As always, thanks for stopping by, Maria 


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Yes! I do remember those beautiful cat eyes! That is the beginning of a great rug! Can't wait to see more! The Santa I just hooked was a bit out of my comfort zone because it was lighter values than I usually choose and he had a face ~ a hint of a face ~ which got a little re- do that helped it a lot!

Pat said...

I want to hooker "Hunter".....the fabulous cat on the cover of Judy Carter's new book. A 4 is way out of my comfort zone, but I'm up for the challenge.

Saundra said...

Fantastic looking cat you're working on. I prefer to hook what makes me happy. I've done a #3 cut profile of my departed Rotties, then #8 of my departed Shadow (both realistic looking), used colors way out of my box and now not up to any more challenges. Of course I could always change my mind.


She Seeketh Wool said...

Love this barnyard sheep rug Maria! That is definitely on my "to-do" list!!