Rug Hooking begins on the Mother’s Arm

Written by Cindi Gay

Baby's face filled in, beginning arm

I filled in the baby’s face using the same principles of finding the dark and the light.  Hook these areas and then fill in with medium.  This is the same technique I use to hook pine trees.  Hook the light, then the dark, and then fill with medium.

Background technique used for flesh

Notice I am laying out the hooking on the upper arm.  I hooked around the area that will be light.  Dark is only at the point where the arm meets the body.  The rest is medium.  I am careful not to hook the large areas in concentric circles.  This is often called echoing.  Echoing is not a bad technique.  But I prefer to use it on purpose, not by default.  The rows of echo hooking will draw your eye.  Is this an area where you want the eye to linger?  No.  So I hook my “jig saw puzzle” shapes.

These shapes avoid rows of hooking and make the loops disappear. I think of zig saw puzzle pieces when I hook this.


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