Rughooking a face: Hooking the Nose and Lips

March 23, 2009 0 comments | Updated November 25, 2020

Written by Cindi Gay

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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