An Exercise in Colour
It is always interesting to see how different material and colours look when hooked or prodded into a rug. A piece of material with a big ugly pattern and brash colours can often turn into the most perfect piece of fabric once it is cut and worked into a foundation, the big pattern and colours are reduced to tiny dots!
Here is an exercise that will help you to understand the colours and material once reduced.
Choose a design and draw it on to 4 separate pieces of Hessian about 12”x12” each. ( you are going to hook 4 samples so you probably don’t want to make them too large). If you have enjoyed the exercise you can repeat by prodding 4 samples)
Now choose four different materials in a selection of lights, mediums and dark
Primary colours eg. Red, Blue and Yellow
Monochromatic eg. One colour from very light to very dark
You are ready to hook No 1 with Tweed, 2 with Pastels, 3 with primary and 4 in monochromatic this will give you 4 sample pieces you can refer back to. Keep a sample of materials and attach to the hooking and prodding or label and keep in a safe place.