We adopted Ruby as an adult dog three years ago and she is a delight! If only she liked other dogs, she would be perfect.
I decided that I would make a Christmas stocking for each member of our family, of something that was special to them. So Ruby is on my
Dad’s. He often tells her what a special little person she is. And she knows it.
I took a class in animals with Elizabeth Black at the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia’s Truro school. She is an excellent teacher. She helped me simplify my pattern (removed the pattern on Ruby’s leash – too busy for a small work, and removed the NS tartan kerchief that Ruby was wearing – also too busy). She suggested the abrashed turquoise background that turned out to be perfect for it. I can’t even remember now what colour I initially had planned, but it was no match for the turquoise. Before rug school, I played around in the dye pot a lot to find the right colours for Ruby. I finally decided on a black to reddish brown reverse transitional swatch – 10 values. It’s amazing how close it is to her coat.
My dad really likes his Christmas stocking, and I think Ruby is quite pleased with it, too.
By Guest Blogger Mary Doig