Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hooking Small

I've been working away on my new fiber piece while thinking about hooking.  What else do I want to hook? (I counted seventeen pieces around my house.... counting pillows, rugs, and wall hangings... this does not include my many hooked bags and a few oldies put away).  It's not like my home is a shrine to rug hooking, as I have everything spaced apart and in various rooms.  But, I'm so into cutting down on decorating clutter these days!  I know a lot of you probably hook for holidays, and keep those pieces nicely stored to be brought out each season.  I think that's a refreshing way to display hooking and decorate.  But...... I'm not a big holiday decorator.  I like to keep things as simple as possible.... I like to keep seasonal decorating to a minimum.  I don't really like to have too much stuff stored away that's not being used.  That all being said, I'm thinking of using my hooking creativity to create smaller more painterly types of work.  I've done a few in the past.....

All these were made without much planning from bits and piece of this and that.  They tend to be playful and full of color.  The following is along the same lines.... in that I cut by hand and create my design as I hook.  This piece is loosely based on a photo my husband took of some woodland wildflowers.  You can see the photo in my previous post.

I stitched the hooked piece with the lace onto this gorgeous piece of wool dyed by my bestie, Tammy from  Skip To My Ewe.
This piece will be a wall hanging, and I'm waiting for the weather to dry out to find the perfect tree limb to use as part of the hanger.  I'll post it completed later.

I think this sort of thing is the direction I'm heading, at least for now.  I love the aspect of painting with wool.  I also like hooking small, not cutting a bunch of wool at one time, and just creating as I go.  I'm thinking postcard sized pieces that can be mounted creatively..... small gifts that can easily find a home in small spaces......

Oh, I'm sure there's at least another large rug or mat left in me, but I'm really happy with what I have right now.  Too much to create and not enough time or space!!



Tammy Burks said...

I like how it turned out! I need to get back to hooking.....seems I've lost my mojo for just about everything, but have been doing more yoga and running, so at least that is a good thing....I think I'm in that spot where I just need to clear things my head AND my home!

Julia said...

Dulcy, you are doing exactly what you should be doing, something that brings you pleasure and sometimes it's in the little things. Your rugs are small and cute but looks like a lot of work just the same. They do look like paintings, so colorful.

Hugs, JB

Charlotte said...

The little pieces are lovely. I do so sympathise with you. I have to make things, I can't conceive of hands not busy with felting, painting or sculpting. However, our house is now overrun with creatures. paintings and creations. Add to that Tim's ceramics and photography...we may have to move into a tent on the lawn to make room for storage. Micro work is the way to go.

Hope this finds you well and life is not too choppy right now.
C xxx

Jennifer Richardson said...

ohhhh, i like that idea.
your pieces are so beautiful.
last year i was swooning over
a pillow in your etsy,
high on my wish list.
maybe this Fall will be the time
one of your happy creations finds a
good home with me:)
thanks for sharing all the beauty
that is you!

Cathy G. said...

You've hit on so many thoughts of mine in your post! The desire for a clutter free home is tops on my list. It is a process though as I love my antiques and displaying the rugs I've made. Your precious smaller pieces are works of art and I can imagine them displayed the way you have! We need to keep on creating though.... I'm getting better at parting with some of my creations.
I'm enjoying your new blog too! Hoping you and your family and friends are not in harms way with effects from the hurricane in the gulf waters.
Cathy G

Pixie said...

Oh Dulcy i am so excited by the idea of small pieces of hooking....i really love the pieces that you have done, all small and cute and bursting with colour and energy..
Love it all.
Pixie xx