November 30, 2009
"Lean" in Progress
The ruglet Lean is well underway. Once the wool fabric is dyed, my main aesthetic decisions have to do with the direction of the hooking. I decided to hook the vertical rectangle by following its four sided outline, from outer edge till the hooked rows met in the center. I felt that this made the form seem more solid––a thing to lean on––than it would using parallel vertical lines. After outlining the green form, I tried using a random hooking pattern, but didn't like it, realizing that the shape needed to be emphasized by following its outlines. I'm still not sure how I'll hook the reddish background; it'll be either random or horizontal, to contrast with the strong vertical.
I always enjoy looking at a ruglet at this stage of its making, with lines of wool creating a strong simple image against the neutral linen background. I've often thought of how I can use this for other ruglet designs, with line and shape playing against each other. In 2006 I did the piece below, inspired by just this element in the hooking process.
Moderne, 2006, 12 x 10 inches