Sheep are the natural subject for hooked mats made with wool. This little design is more playful than realistic because the wooly part of the sheep is outlined in bright colours. The faces are hooked simply in solid black. The landscape is a mixture of soft medium to light greens highlighted with the same colours I used to outline the sheep. When you hook the landscape, hook it in organic lines rather than straight lines because this will make the land look more natural. Add a few bits of light blue or any floral colour with greens.
This will give depth and interest to the land underneath the sheep. The sky is accented in this rug with a few curlicues which repeats the curly theme of the sheep.
The biggest mistake people make when they begin hooking rugs in a primitive style is to try to make everything perfect. Primitive rug hooking uses many types and styles of wool materials, even some silks. When I hook I use many different weights and widths of wool strips. If I tried to get every loop perfectly even I would only frustrate myself.
Instead, I take a freestyle approach to making mats, and try to let the materials speak for themselves.
Read more in our Spring 2011 issue.
Rug Hooking Studio
33 Church Street
Amherst, Nova Scotia B4H 3A7