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How to Hook a Face Workshop

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series How to Hook Faces

Southern Woman

In March, I taught faces at Southern Teachers’ Workshop. The difficulty of the assignment was that I only had one day to teach and whose face was I going to hook? I wanted to hook a portrait of my grandmother, but the students in the class would not be excited about that.

I decided to teach the class as a face structure class. The subject matter would be an imaginary woman who would be assembled by the student.   I drew up several different face shapes, different eye shapes, noses and mouths.   I put my face together and called her “Southern Woman.”

As students made their choices, I began to hear things, like “this looks like my son” or “I think I know this person.” When I studied portraits in art class I remember that the instructor told us that our first portraits would look a lot like us. We are most familar with our own faces and those of our family. One profile that I drew in Jr. High art class looks a lot like my husband. After I had been married for several years, my mother gave me a box of some of my old artwork and there he was.  I drew his profile several years before I met him.

The next task was to determine where the darks and the lights go. This placement varies with lighting and with the shape of each face. I supplied three textures: one light, one medium and one dark. At this point it became hook by number.

As we worked on each facial feature, I gave tips on how to hook them. Many of the students left with a completed face by the end of the day leaving only hair, neck and background to finish.

Hooked by Maddy Fraioli

Hooked by Maddy Fraioli

This piece was finished by Maddy Frioli. It is hooked front and back.

Here is the dollie…She is hooked front and back of the head and neck…Found a great old lace collar and some green velvet drapes a la Scarlette O’Hara, pearl buttons and earrings…had fun, and, thanks, Maddy
Thanks for sending the photo, Maddy.  I always like to see photos of the the pieces students start with me.   I’m there in the beginning and often wonder how a rug turned out.  If you changed direction after the workshop, I still want to see it.  The rugs you hook are yours.  Never feel obligated to follow someone’s direction if it is not working for you.

Rughooking a face: How to hook the eye

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series How to Hook Faces

How to hook a wide cut face using textures, step 1

When I begin a new project, I try to use all the colors right away.  Here I have a bit of the value I intend to use for hair on the left.  This is actually a piece of dark green wool.  It is there to help me see the value that I will use later.

I hooked the face values on the forehead first and then I  hooked the eye just before I took the picture. I needed a bit of a warm up before I hooked the most important part, in this case, the eye.

To hook the eye I follow these steps:

  • Hook the upper lash line with a dark wool.  I used a dark brown herringbone.
  • Hook the iris.  This is rarely a full circle.  The top part is usually cut off by the upper lash line.
  • Hook the lower lid using a face color.  This can be light, medium or dark, depending on how you shade the face.
  • Fill the pupil with a dark.
  • Fill the whites of the eye with white.  I used a white herringbone texture that is far from white.
  • Add the highlight.

Rughooking a face: Hooking the Nose and Lips

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series How to Hook Faces
Rug hooking the second eye and the upper lip

In this photo I have both eyes hooked.  The light wool under the woman’s left eyebrow looks odd, but I will leave it in for now and re-evaluate this later.   I’m not crazy about the nose at this stage either, but again, I will look at it again later after the face is completely hooked.

The lips are hooked by hooking a dark center line.  This is better if it is not completely straight.  Every mouth is different.  Look at your subject matter and hook it as you see it. This is the most important line for the expression on the face.

The upper lip is darker than the lower lip.  It is often smaller.  I hooked one row, turning the loops to create a cupid’s bow at the center.  You will be able to see in the next photo that her mouth is quite crooked.  Again, I will not attempt to fuss with this until the face is completely hooked.

Notice that I am continuing to fill in the face, and I am using small tight squiggles to hide the rows of hooking.  I don’t like to see rows on faces.

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