Tuesday, January 4, 2011
S is for Sunflower -- and screening
This year my personal theme is Sheep and I gave everyone a 9-inch square of hand-dyed wool with the instruction to do a sheep. I've received 4 so far and they are great.
This sunflower mat is for my friend, Kathy. Her theme this year is for all of us to use leftover screening from her porch repair and to use the screening as the base fabric for our creation. The only other stipulation was that we incorporate the letter "S" in the design.
The minute I saw it, I immediately thought of rug hooking. I tried out a few strips to see what would work and settled on a #6 cut. Because the holes are so small, I had to use a small hook that I picked up at a garage sale one time. Not my beautiful hook that I use most of the time. And, once I tried out the hooking, I realized that this was not going to be as pleasant and relaxing as hooking on linen.
Screening is hard plastic and has zero give. Even if I wiggled the hook around, I couldn't get the little hole to be very big. I was also using a fairly loose weave plaid for the main color of the mat and the loose weave did NOT want to be cut in a narrow #6 cut. The green fabric was great -- tightly woven and a bit felted but still very flexible.
All in all, I like how it came out, but it was a pain. However, below is the project Kathy did for me a few years back when I had everyone do a vegetable. The 8 vegetables hang in my kitchen at our lake house and they are all fabulous. Kathy did squash and I know this type of work takes hours and hours. So, as I scratched my way through I remembered the incredibly beautiful work Kathy has done for me year after year. She's worth the effort.