I’m taking a huge leap and going to practice primitive shading…by myself and loosely following a how-to book. (Ok, so I skimmed through the book in about 3 minutes.)
I’m also using multiple width wool strips, and since I don’t have very many cutter head sizes to choose from, I’ve made do by using my quilting rotary cutter (gasp!). If you have a large Omingrid ruler, the job is actually quite easy.
I began work on the crow pictured below on the right hand side of the pattern.
The light reflects so well off a crow’s feathers, dancing in glimmers of light on his shiny, jet black body. I wanted to recreate this illusion so I added various shades of black. I used a red and blue plaid wool over-dyed with black in different sizes along the inner body of the crow. To give the beak that nice pointed shape, I started with tiny loops that gradually got bigger as I progressed down the side of the bird.
This took some patience but I’m pleased with the finished result. I found that the different sizes of wool didn’t distract from the overall effect. I haven’t cut the loop ends off the bottom feathers yet and tomorrow, I’m starting the tree branches. This is really a learning process and I’m excited be sharing it with other rug hookers. I’m hopeful that we can exchange ideas and I welcome all advice!
More later – Jen