The retreat started with a talk on color by Susan Hoekstra of New Jersey. Susan is a needlepoint designer and an expert in color planning. I know NOTHING about color and tried my darnedest to grasp what she was saying.
We learned about using a gray scale to determine value. This tool can help a person decide if there will be enough contrast in colors to hook them next to each other. I'm hoping practice makes perfect :)
The majority of the hookers were fine cut hookers. We are talking anywhere from a 2 to a 6. Even though they were using a narrow cut, they were not doing the fine shading that I normally associate with the smaller cuts. I have so much to learn! The four Ohio hookers were all hooking with an 8 and higher and I believe there were only 2 other women hooking with higher than a 6. It made for a very eclectic group.
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Here are some of the rugs in progress. Forgive me that for the most part I can't remember who hooked what. I do know these two rugs were started in the same class.
This was Donna's (Crows on the Ledge) rug at the beginning of the retreat . . .
. . .and this is what it looked like a couple of days later. I believe she was hooking it in an 8.5 cut. She was one of the Ohio hookers.
Shirley was another Ohio hooker. She is hooking this 3' x 5' rug as a wedding gift. What a lucky couple!
Another Ohio hooker, Melissa ~ and my partner in crime ~ brought this almost completed rug to camp. It's a Joan Moshimer pattern and she chose the perfect colors.
Here's the rug I started. I bought the paper pattern from Debbie of Woolnsails and had it enlarged. It is an adaptation of an antique rug. I have not found the time to pull another loop since returning home. Maybe tomorrow . . . sigh.
Hookers on the porch . . .
Susan helping with color planning.
Stay tuned for more rugs.
Pug hugs :)