Featured Rug of the Month--
"Trumpet Vines at the Back Door" 21"x21"
Designed and hooked by Steve Grappe, San Angelo, TX
I am a mostly self-taught rug hooker who has been hooking rugs for two years. After a brief starter lesson with a local rug hooker, I learned the traditional rug hooking technique (fabric strips). However, I quickly switched to punch needle rug hooking because it was so much faster*. For various reasons I prefer hooking with wool yarn, and I like to dye my wool to get my desired color palette.
Because I can't draw, most of my rug designs are created from my photos. This rug is punch-hooked and was designed from a photo of a New Orleans back yard. I liked the photo and thought it would make a great rug. I felt the lone hibiscus above the yellow trumpet vine blooms was a great subject to photograph and interpret. The rug contains all hand-dyed wool yarn.
The color palette just seemed to evolve. Since this was a small rug, I could use what yarn I had on hand. I started with a key design color, in this case the blue-violet siding of the house, and after that, the blue, greens and yellows just seemed to fall into place. A challenge I faced was hooking the trees and shrubs to make them realistic looking and with sufficient contrast to show botanical variety. As always, the best part of hooking a rug is seeing the final rug, with its discrete bits of colored yarn, really does look like you hoped it would. The rug was submitted to a fiber art show, and I am waiting to hear if it is accepted. More of my rugs can be seen at my web page, fibermoon.com.
*Editor's note: I wonder if punch hooking really is faster than hooking with yarn like I do (I am pulling the loops from the back, working on the finished side)? Any punch hookers care to take me up on a challenge? We can all hook the same project, using the same yarns and everything, and keep track of our times!
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