Rug Hooking A Monochromatic Portrait - Segment 1
I had no desire to go to Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week this year and no particular motivation to sign up for a workshop or retreat until it was too late (of course). But come July, I resolved to improve my personal artistic skills over the coming year. So I called up to Sauder Village and they had a recent cancellation in Donna Hrkman’s, “Hooking a Monochromatic Portrait” class and I was able to get in. I knew it was going to be a challenge because Donna is a “real” artist. This isn’t just the impression of an ear on a head, her ears on a head look like ears on a head. The portrait was to be done in 3, 4 or 5 cut. My go to cut is 8. Out of my wheelhouse. Additionally, it is all to be done in gradient blue. An all blue head in teeny tiny cuts. Oh boy. What have I done?
We get set up in class and we’re all psyched to start hooking our heads when Donna tells us that we have to transfer and enlarge the photo onto our linen, using a grid. I get more excited by the second. I am a lazy artist and use the computer alot for my work. Maybe that isn’t entirely fair to me because I am busier than I am lazy. But that part was really relatively easy for me, I enjoyed it. I had the time to do it, I had given it to myself when I signed up for the class.