I just got done with the Wedgewood Arts Festival, and am now looking forward to a blissful nine weeks of no shows or classes! Time to tidy up the farm and get caught up on projects.
The latest project, Tree of Life/Green Man is my attempt to create an optical illusion in a rug. I got the idea from a ring I used to wear. From the point of view of the other person, the ring looked like the Tree of Life, but from my vantage point, it looked like a bearded old man.
For the Tree of Life, I used a range of colors for the leaves, symbolizing all the greens in nature. Then from the other point of view, I tried to create Green Man, the character in Celtic mythology, who symbolizes the connection between man and nature, and is often depicted in carvings in buildings, gardens and woods. The trick was to make the grassy area look like a forehead. That took many re-hookings, but I settled on adding some grey to the “eyebrows” like the color of bark. Don’t know if it did the trick, but it was a shot!
Blog subscribers can order the Tree of Life/Green Man pattern on linen for 20% off at http://hstrial-jtaylor9.homestead.com/blog-special-tree-of-life.html?_=1468270414665
Registration is now open for my beginning rug hooking class at Oregon Flock and Fiber in Canby, OR on September 23, 9:00-noon. http://flockandfiberfestival.com/shop/ws-613beginning-rug-hooking-dont-trash-your-stash/
Registration for my classes at Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival (October 28 and 29) will begin July 13. Click here to sign up: http://columbiagorgefiberfestival.com/2016-workshops/
Remember that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs (including taking a class!) you will be entered to win the Good Dog rug.
Happy Hooking everyone!