Little Mabel, 15" x 20", #3- and 4-cut wool on linen. Designed and hooked by Laura Pierce, Petaluma, California, 2003
Light and reflection are visual magic that add something special to any artwork. A reflection can be the main attraction or just a detail. It may seem impossible to use wool to create light and reflection, but the key is all in how you use color.
In 2002, I took workshops taught by Elizabeth Black and hooked my grandmother as a little girl. I used a sepia photograph taken by my great-grandmother in 1892 to design Little Mabel. I wanted to hook this rug portrait in color, so I referenced two of my own photographs: one of my daughter, Emma, at that same age and one of a small river in the Sierra foothills to use as a visual guide for the rocks and water. Mabel was quickly hooked—and then there was the water. I knew I needed to work some visual magic on the surface of the stream.
To read more from Laura about how to hook reflections, please see the June/July/August 2012 issue of Rug Hooking magazine. To purchase a copy of this issue, please click here. To subscribe to Rug Hooking, click subscribe.