Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Summer" Hooked Panel FINISHED!

"Summer" is finished and I say hooray!  This has been a long time coming.  Hopefully the next hooked piece won't be so long in completion unless it's really BIG (shush, not going there).  Next step is to figure out how to mount and/or fame these four pieces.  I'm thinking......have several ideas cooking....

The hooking was easy but the embroidery was really a pain in the fingers!  There's a reason people don't do embroidery on hooked pieces so I'll leave it at that, LOL!  Only moi would endeavor to do something so silly and painful but these panels were so small that it was almost impossible to get any amount of detail without resorting to something other than hooking.  I'm mostly happy with the outcome except maybe that darn black bird in the tree.  I did that bird three times and still he looks like a duck ready to topple out of a fir tree.....!

I have enjoyed doing the embroidery and was even thinking, while punching away, on designing another piece but do it this time in wool appliqué and much easier on the fingers to work on and a lot of flexibility.  We'll see where I go from here.  

I currently have one afghan in yellow and blue medallions to finish and I might go back to that (if I can figure out the crochet stitch since it's been so long since I worked on it) and get it finally put to bed, no pun intended.  I also want to hook a long narrow runner to go in front of my TV.  I'm thinking "Cat's Paw" design since I need to keep the design simple to go next to a large busy Oriental rug in the room.  I could use up the tons of cut wool strips I'm drowning in (hopefully) and rid myself of them once and for all.  Believe it or not I also have about four paintings to finish at the moment....maybe I should give up sleeping me thinks.

This was hooked in all hand dyed wools except the very bottom or foreground and the sky.  Sky is a wool gabardine.  Bottom or foreground is a wool plaid off the bolt.  The cuts are #4 and 5, wool tapestry yarns, spun wool yarns and pearl cottons.

Hope you like it!

1 comment:

Gayle said...

How clever of you to add embroidery to this hooked piece! I'm trying to remember if you did the same for the other seasons. Great job and I bet it feels so good to have this part done! Can't wait to see how you finish them up!