Satu (and Maggie) finished in time for Sauder

144 hours, eleven colors, and eighty-eight values later, Satu is finished.  Just in time for Sauder.  He is immense, measuring 3 by 4 feet.  I am super delighted with him, really seeing my design, sense of color and form developing.  Rug hooking is a tough art because nothing is quick.  So you work a year, hoping that some improvement will result.  I think that hooking all the mini snapshots must have helped me grow as an artist since they allowed me to experiment with the wool with quick turnarounds.

Also, Alexander has been busy with his Sauder project, a portrait of his dog Maggie.  This is the first time that he has been old enough to use stripped wool and hook it without twisting.  It was frustrating for him at times, but he worked through it and in the end hooked a terrific piece that he can be very proud of.

Prouder than a peacock

I am beaming with pride.  My two boys have finished their rugs, and they are gorgeous. 

SuzyV in NY. 2013. Designed and hooked by Wade Greiner.  18" by 14".

Wade finished his first rug, inspired by a photo he took of Suzanne Vega at a concert in 2002 that we attended in New York.  He started this rug over three years ago, then set it aside because he got busy with life.  But he picked up again a few weeks ago.  Why?  Because he was inspired by Alexander.

What had happened?  We had gone to Deanne Fitzpatrick's studio, and then stopped by Heidi Wulfraat's studio on our vacation.  Alexander was stunned by the beauty of the rugs that these artists hook with gorgeous wool yarns.  When we were in Heidi's studio, he came up to me with two skeins of yarn and asked if he could buy them for his rug hooking.  He had an idea that he wanted to try.   

Thalassa. 2013.  Designed and hooked by Alexander DeGreiner.  Hand-dyed wool yarn.  14" by 16".

When we got home, he took out a rug of an owl he had been working on with cut wool.  He went to work and finished it off with some of the yarn he had purchased.  But that was not all.  He wanted to hook an abstract.  So I gave him a big piece of white paper and in about 3 seconds he had drawn a simple Picasso-like face of someone he called the Lady of the Sea.  He sat down and went to work with his yarns.  And the result is stunning.  These yarns have a luminosity that the cut wool does not have.  What he has created is outstanding.  He calls her Thalassa, the name of the primal goddess of the ocean.

When Wade saw what was happening, he felt impelled to get his rug done.  So he worked and worked, and even learned how to bind!  His rug is equally compelling, capturing the performance which was cast with red lights that night.

I am prouder than a peacock. 

As for my rug, well, I don't know if I am going to get my rug done in time for Sauder Village.  But I will give it a good try.


Alexander has finished his project for Sauder Village

Alexander has been working on a project to exhibit at Sauder Village.  A few months ago he drew a lion's face on some foundation with a sharpie.  He went to my wool stash and picked out a bunch of colors he liked: reds, browns, purples, blacks, blues, oranges, pinks.  I cut him some #6 strips and he began hooking the eyes.  He worked away on it, progressing to the nose and mouth.  Then he prodded the rest of the face.  The last couple of days, he worked on prodding the mane with #9 cut wool.  We went to JoAnn's today and he picked out a stuffed animal pattern and wool for the body from my stash.  I sewed the animal and stuffed it tonight and stitched on the hooked face Alexander had finished.  The result?  Well I will let Alexander tell it: "I am really proud of the work that I did.  I named my project GET FUZZY.  He is a fuzzy little lion.  I'm going to play with him now."