The day has finally come for showing the Forest Secrets pieces. Sunnie Andress on Rug Hooking Daily is the originator of the challenge. The elements that were to be included were a rock, a ring, and something royal purple.
My first thought was to design something using the small things that go on on the forest floor. What would be on top of the rock and what might be under the rock. I liked the idea of the small hidden underground life of the forest. After trying to draw it in a form that would be a decent rug design, I decided that would not work.
The lovely golds and rusty browns of the IO moth were just the right colors. My first wings did not have enough contrast, so I overdyed with a light solution of rust.
Next I did the toad because I thought he might be difficult and I wanted to get him over with!
An all purple salamander looked too, well.....purple. Decided to use some of the rust to tie it in with the moths.
I forgot to mention that this rug was hooked in a #4 cut to get the necessary detail. My backing is monks cloth.
I saved the really troubling part for last. I had dip dyed the colors for the leaves and shown the results in an earlier post. I'm not the greatest at this kind of hooking. I started with the leaf to the bottom left of the rock. It worked pretty well.
The large leaf was more difficult. When I got in close to the veins, I discovered that another graduation of color was needed. I don't want to have to dye anything else!!! So I stuck in some darker green. Not very effective!
The finished rug is 27 inches across.