Guest Post by Peg Irish
Many people have asked me how I go about working with embellishments in my rug hooking. I love mixing materials and techniques to expand my options for creating a greater variety of textures. Let me use a new series of three pieces to illustrate my approach. Collectively they are called Waves Across the Pacific (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Each piece measures about 8 x 6 inches and incorporates yarns, cut wool, rocks, seashells and small birds printed on plastic.
First, please understand that you can embellish with whatever you choose that will enhance your work. I begin with the rocks. I try to find rocks that have one side (the backside) that is fairly flat so it will settle into my piece. First I draw the basic design with the actual rocks in place, drawing around each rock. Then the rocks are removed so I can begin hooking. I do not hook where the rocks will go. I am very fond of hooking with yarn because there is so much more variety of texture available. For instance, I chose a very fluffy yarn to provide the splash against the rocks. And I chose shiny yarns to provide sparkle in the water. When the hooking is finished, it is time to place the rocks in the hooking holes left for them. When you place them, if you can see backing then it is necessary to fill in with a bit more hooking. And, since rocks don’t tend to be flat on the back, it is often necessary to trim the hooking by beveling it to help the rock nestle inside the hole. When you are sure that all the hooking is completed, it is time to glue the rocks to the backing and adjacent hooking.
There are several types of glue that can be used, including [Read more…]