Family Hooking

One of the great joys of growing older is spending time with grandchildren. It is especially treasured by me since all my grandchildren live a great distance away, and seldom have a chance to visit.  On my granddaughter’s last visit, she tried  hooking for the first time. To her surprise she found she had the patience for it, and was looking forward to starting her second venture on this visit. She decided she wanted to hook an elephant pillow for her girlfriend. She wanted something “cute” and quickly found just the image she liked.

After a trip to Staples to have it enlarged, she transferred the pattern to the backing.DSCF7600DSCF7601Isn’t he cute. I had lots of antique black in my stash, so she began with the outlining.DSCF7602Olivia is left handed, and has a very unique pencil grip. Although at first I encouraged her to  palm the hook, what was comfortable for her was the same unusual way she holds a pencil….with the hook protruding and controlled between her third and fourth fingers. It works just fine for her.

She decided on a whimsical purple elephant, and chose a lovely colour from “Jewel Tones”. I gave guidance from the kitchen table, and on her own, she dyed this lovely mottled wool, using my tried and true method of !/2 of the dye bath in the pot before adding the wool, and the other later spotted over the top.DSCF7605

We both thought it was beautiful.DSCF7606

I showed her how to do a squiggle fill….and before I knew it…..DSCF7607

….this delightful fellow emerged. She also dyed the background colour. I forgot to take a photo of that wool, but you can see just one row on the left edge. She chose my favourite “mellow yellow”….golden pear….and she used the same method to dye it as the purple. She’s off now to visit other grandparents, where her grandfather is introducing her to wood carving. She’s having an artistic vacation!

In the meantime, I’ve been pottering away with my grumpy owl, trying to do a bit each day while I watch the Tour de France. DSCF7608

I like how he looks, but I’ll be glad to hook once again with some colour when he’s done. I know I haven’t posted much this summer…but there’s not much excitement in seeing a few more inches of “owl feathers” every few days.

Thanks for stopping by.

12 thoughts on “Family Hooking

  1. Thats so neat, that you took your grand daughter thru the whole process!! Now she knows in the future how it starts and evolved, ,,,
    The piece of purple is great,, and she dyed it too,,,, its adorable , shes a great rug hooker already,,,,,

  2. Hi Elizabeth , how wonderful to share all that with your Grandaughter, I love the elephant she is hooking. I adore the soft subtle tones in your wonderful grumpy owl. It is looking fabulous.

  3. What a great time you must have had with your granddaughter. She did a great job and looks like a real sweetie..   From: Sunshine Rughooking To: kjchabot@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:50 AM Subject: [New post] Family Hooking #yiv0383587471 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0383587471 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0383587471 a.yiv0383587471primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0383587471 a.yiv0383587471primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0383587471 a.yiv0383587471primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0383587471 a.yiv0383587471primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0383587471 WordPress.com | elizabethmartel posted: “One of the great joys of growing older is spending time with grandchildren. It is especially treasured by me since all my grandchildren live a great distance away, and seldom have a chance to visit.  On my granddaughter’s last visit, she tried  hooking fo” | |

    • Thanks Dorinda. I don’t intentionally create lessons, I just recount my own thinking processes in the hope that it is helpful (and as a reminder for myself of how I hooked something)

  4. Great blog today or should I say, as always. I so enjoy your rug hooking blog. What did you use for a frame for your grand daughter? It looks very easy and something that could be very portable with her and not too expensive.

    • Hi Susan. That is my first frame, given to me by the lady I took lessons from, I think her husband made them. It’s just a simple open box (posts and flat pieces on the top) It’s great for Olivia to travel with because although it doesn’t collapse, it can have stuff packed in and through it.

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