Last night was one of those sleepless experiences so I did a lot of tossing and turning. Maybe it was the excitement of the finished stocking but whatever caused the anxiousness, my mind was racing so I put it to good use and came up with five new designs for stockings and now I need the time to lay them out on paper. I think I'll do a gingerbread man next!
Every stocking I hook I try to use a different colour palette. Christmas is traditionally all red and green so I like to mix it up a bit and this one glows a purple hue.
The background was done in a delicious new, off the bolt, purple herringbone that came in with the last wool order. The leaves were done in Green With Envy three value, the pears and partridge with Straw three value. I also had a Straw dyed over Hound's Tooth that I used for the spiral in the pear, just to add a bit of texture.
The colour plan is definitely not for a realistic partridge but this rug needed some pop and introducing Flamboyant, a delicious orangey red with the purples really gave the little guy a festive feel. I used three values for the tail and hooked the lightest close to the body to the darkest at the edge of the tail. It doesn't show that well in the picture but in real life it adds a lot of interest.
I love the funky tree done in Walnut one of our new colours so much so that I actually hooked it first. I used the lightest value on the outside to stand out from the background. The darker line is Dorr Antique Red. I also hooked the lightest value outside on the bird knowing I planned to use a darker background so it creates more contrast to make the bird stand out just a bit more.
The leaves were a bit of a quandary. Done in three values I didn't know if I should make the solid side the lightest or the medium value. In the end I opted do make the solid side the lightest value and I am happy with the result although it probably wouldn't have looked much different the other way.
I have a bunch of metallic threads that I plan to sew on for a bit of shimmer and shine, after all it is a Christmas piece, but that can come later. In the meantime I have the coloured photo for patterns and kits.