Olympian Lunenburg

Yes, I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the TV this week watching the Olympics, and most of the time I have been hooking at the same time.  As a result, the Lunenburg piece is really coming along.

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I was able to find wool in my stash for everything, until I came to the sky. That I would have to dye. I used a mixture of various blues, and added the pieces at 30 second intervals to get a variety of shades.DSCF6036

I thought the end result looked quite lovely….

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….until I started hooking them. WOW! What was I thinking? They were all WAY too deep. My excuse is that I had been working with such saturated colours, that they seemed quite light as I was dyeing them.

I am running out of Dorr natural, but had a small piece left , so I dyed that using 1/128th tsp instead of 1/8th. I also found a piece of just barely blue wool.

Try #2….

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I decided I needed some pure white for clouds, and used a lovely white I have that has a slightly fuzzy surface even though it’s wool.

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…as I go up higher, I’m gradually adding little bits of the very lightest blue of the first batch. Hopefully the darker colours will be OK for the water.

In the meantime, I’m having fun hooking the border. I chose a variety of wool …all dark values, and I’m hooking it in hit and miss.

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…it gives the border a lot of life, and to me, it looks a bit like old wood.  Lots of fun and easy for when the concentration must be totally directed to the TV screen.

I’m so proud of all the Canadian athletes at the Olympics, but I’m not sure if my heart can take much more snowboard cross!

GO CANADA GO

4 thoughts on “Olympian Lunenburg

  1. I am enjoying watching your piece emerge! I love all those blues you dyed and hope they will work for the water. I never know how a color will work until I hook it. Perhaps I’m still too new at hooking. I haven’t pulled one loop since we moved but you make me want to get going again! The new house has all wood floors, so lots of places for hooked rugs!

  2. Me too Deb…I’m often surprised when I hook a piece of wool. I could never totally colour plan a piece in advance and choose all the wool I will use. I try, but nearly always change my mind as I go along.

  3. this piece looks great, Elizabeth! I’m with you – the athletes are amazing and I’m so proud of them all. I’ve done a couple of rugs with a border like that, with the intention of it looking like old wood. I’ve always been pleased with the results.

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