Finished and on to the Next

The hooking is completed on Black and White.

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It still needs to be steamed and the edges bound, but my pressing board has finally given up the ghost, so steaming a large piece will be a little more trouble. 

A little while ago I was asked if I would hook a pillow in memory of a wonderful young man who died of cancer. I have multiple connections with his family, not the least of which is that I was his singing teacher for a number of years while he was growing up. 

His mom sent me a picture of this pillow and asked if I could hook it.

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He loved canoeing in Algonquin park.

It’s a very simple pattern…. the hooking should be no problem…but as I’ve often lamented….I hate sewing, and I feared I would make a mess of the ‘pillow part’.

The wonderful yahookers suggested I buy a ready made pillow, and whip the hooking to the front…. so that is the plan.

I found a beautiful pillow in an appropriate size which has a lovely off white silk back, and I’m doing the hooking  to fit the front.

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I sketched it out on paper,

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cut out the canoe and paddles, and taped them to the backing, and outlined the pattern. (pinning it distorted it too much)

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After it was done…I realized the paddles were too erect,

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so I redid them at a lower level.

I’ve decided I am a ‘trial and error’ hooker. I seem to only be able to see my mistakes…not anticipate them very well. The body of the canoe is a perfect example. 

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I thought I would hook it in a 6 cut and follow the contours of the canoe (far right)….when that looked wrong, I tried random hooking in a 6 cut (middle)……when that didn’t work either, I switched to random hooking in a 4 cut (far left)…..YES….took me 3 tries.

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I’ve started outlining the paddles, and again, it’s not right, so I will alter them once again, and make them longer, and hook inside the lines a little further to make them slimmer.

I’m off now to dye some wool for the background. Lets hope it doesn’t take 3 tries to get that right.

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