The pattern is done and I’ve happily begun my hooking.
I’ve started with the tiger…and I think he’s so cute! Originally I thought I’d hook him in just black and white, but I’ve actually used several colours of grey as well and like the effect. I’m using both 4 and 6 cuts throughout…wherever it seems appropriate. The 4 cut was too big for outlining the eye, so I cut a #6 strip down the middle to create a #3 strip (much simpler than changing a cutter wheel for such a small amount.)
The background will be last to do…so I have lots of hooking in shades of black and white in my immediate future.
Now I’ll back up a bit to show the pattern .
After I completed the pencil drawing on the red dot,…I made a trip to Staples. I have always used sharpies, but have been told I should be using the fabric “Rub-a-dubs”. I thought I’d do it ‘properly’ this time…but when I compared the prices..I ended up with sharpies once again. (I have never had a problem with them…..and it takes several to complete drawing a large project.)
Here’s the pattern on red dot
Here it is completed on the linen.
I drew the background lines with blue to make them stand out from the black outlined animals and foliage.
The next step was to dig through my blacks, greys and whites to see what I had, and what I would need. I have some antique black left from the hall rugs, but I’ll need more and I wanted some variety.
I gathered together some really dark colours, and overdyed them with 1/8th tsp. black. I didn’t want them to all end up the same.
There are some really nasty colours there that may come in handy (or not). My camera does weird things with colours sometimes…I realized just now that in the pictures, the wool looks darker before I dyed it…..not so in reality.
I dyed 1/2 yard of natural Dorr with 1/128th tsp of charcoal grey in 1CBW….with 1/2 of it in the pan, and the other half spooned over the top of the wool. Here it is against natural Dorr. (It’s not nearly as dark as it appears in the photo)
I was really disappointed when I realized that I would have to use so much #4 cut, but by using the #4and #6 together, I like the look and feel much happier.
The shopping is done, the snow is falling…and I’m off to enjoy the afternoon hooking.