Jan23I am learning about light…all about light in photography.  Light is a marvelous thing.  It is wonderful.  A little here, a little there.  Curious thing light.  It shifts, moves, dances, twinkles.  Yep, light is wonderful.  I love photography because it forces me to see.  To see objects in all kinds of light.  It challenges me to find the best lighting for a subject.

The same can be true of rug hooking.  Colour planning to indicate different lighting situations can be tricky.  Observation is key to success.  Lots of observation, sometimes with the help of a camera.

One blog author I read regularly challenged her blog readers recently to sketch one sketch a day from a photo or real life.  Eventually your drawing becomes better.  Sketching is the basis to a good rug.  Sketching before hooking can certainly make things easier for the rug hooker.  I should do more of it.  I do not do a lot of sketching before putting marker to backing.  I pay attention to general compositional elements, but I am reluctant to sketch in detail.  My rug design changes and shifts according to the lighting, my mood, how the strips are pulling through the backing, whether I feel fabric or yarn, silk or wool will give the viewer a more accurate picture of what is in my mind.

One of the things I notice is how subject matter colours my technique.  I used to work solely in wool fabric strips, all a consistent width, and pull them a consistent height.  I rarely do that now.  But for some reason on Lost Soul I am.  It’s as if the entire message of the rug is screaming at me “Strict and Restrict”.  I am following the traditional rug hooking rules.  So odd for me.  But it seems to be working.  We shall see how it all pans out in the end.

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