Thursday, April 30, 2009

More progress on Cleopatra

I'm happy with the progress that I've made on Cleopatra's rug in the past 10 days. I've made more time to hook and I'm loving hooking with the brighter colors in the background.
I've redrawn the tail with the purple marker to make it an actual basset hound tail.....I've never seen a basset hound with a stubby little tail like the one that was drawn on there.
I wasn't sure how to give the sky more movement, so I decided to write Cleopatra's name across the sky and then I will hook around it pretty much in the same colors.....kind of a hidden message.

I needed a break from hooking on her body....which is hook a little, throw it down on the floor to look at it....hook a little more....throw it down on the floor to look at it....that part can get a little tiresome after a while....nice to just hook, hook, hook on the backgrounds.
Thanks for starting this's keeping me motivated to make progress a little quicker than I usually do.


  1. I cannot believe how much you have gotten accomplished! You go girl! Your wool colors in the ground and lettering are just luscious! Cheerful! Would you be willing to post a picture of the uncut wools so I could see what they look like? What kind of dye technique did you use? (I'm assuming you dyed them!) That is one happy dog!

  2. Lauri,
    I dyed the wool with a technique I call fantasy dyeing....taught to me by Abby Vakay....I think it has another "official" name, but that's what I call it. You can see a pic of the wool in it's original state on my blog here:

    Perhaps I can share the dye technique in a future blog post.

  3. Tammy, I love the way this rug is working up. And those beautiful colors......that's one of the many things I love about rug hooking and blogs. I learn something almost every day. You use colors that I wouldn't have even thought of and that expands my horizons.

  4. I would love to learn new dye techniques, and we could use more advice from pro's like yourself on the blog. Teach me, teach me!