|MOTHER AND CHILD 29" x 24" Photo: Ron Marken|
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Award-Winning Rug by Member Lynne Bresselaar
Newer member Lynne Bresselaar, on the encouragement of Rita, submitted her first rug to Rug Hooking Magazine's feature "First Rug on the Last Page." Patti's husband Ron Marken photographed it. She recently learned that her first rug will be featured! Congratulations, Lynne!
While watching Deanne Fitzpatrick's dvd on rug-hooking, I suddenly knew this was how I wanted to hook rugs. I started looking through old sketch books, and found an image I'd created during a life drawing session where a young mother posed with her newborn. Years ago I made it into a Christmas card, and decided now that it would be perfect for my first original pictorial piece.
I drew it freehand on the linen backing, then began to hook, using mostly yarns from my knitting stash. There are also strips of ribbon, some fabric from thrift store plaids and sweaters, t-shirt strips, some cotton yarn and fabric, and even bits of wine-colored rayon lining for bursts of color in the shawl.
Half-way through, I consulted my rug hooking friends and received feedback on what was and wasn't working, and how to improve it. Also about halfway, I acquired a Cheticamp frame, which made the whole process easier and more enjoyable. I could now leave my work-in-progress and return to it readily, contain most of my mess of worms and tools on its table-like surface, and see at a glance the effect of today's hooking on the whole picture. I couldn't take it anywhere, but when I hooked, both hands were free to work, and I could concentrate on the joy and pleasure of creating.
The hardest parts were the hands and the baby's head and hand. In the original drawing, the separation of the hands was more implied than defined, and the overall look was more painterly than realistic. I tried to stay true to that in the rug, but with a little less success. To add depth to the baby's head, I've stained the areas that should be more shadowed with tea, at a friend's suggestion.
I am proud to display this finished piece prominently in our home.