Charlie Check-in

I was able to work on Charlie over the weekend - at guild on Saturday and during the evening yesterday.  I have completed his face now and the entire right side.  I am moving over top of his head now and then down the left side. 

Charlie will measure 18" by 24" when complete.  So he is a big guy staring at me.

Charlie detail of green gray

As I am hooking in the colors, I am delighted with how one of the grays is taking on a green tone next to the dark purples. 

I have decided to try to match the value of the beauty line on the edge of the rug with the colors of the chimpanzee that I have hooked up to the edge.  I wonder if, when I bind the rug off with my wool binding, it will be worth the effort to similarly match the value of the binding to the value of the beauty line.  This would give the impression of no edge, or at least no constant edge limiting the rug.

Charlie in progress

Charlie in the New Year

I have been busy busy busy with Christmas and the New Year.  We had a wonderful time this year with my husband's parents and my sister's family visit us from the north.  So I didn't get much rug hooking done!

I sat down the last two days and plied the wool to Charlie.  Now he has a mouth and a nose. 

Looking good Charlie.

Charlie in progress

Meet Charlie

I have started a new mat to play with the contrast of light and dark.  My theme with this rug is "where there is light, there is dark."  The subject is a chimpanzee who lives at the Houston Zoo.  His name is Charlie.  I shot a good photo of him a couple of Christmases ago when the exhibit first opened.  I have wanted to hook his face since I took the photo, but haven't been able to get around to it until now.  The piece will be 18" by 24" when complete.  It is called Charlie and is my second mat in the Faces of the Houston Zoo series.  Jonathan was the first.



Three days in progress