Thanks for signing up!

Making Maquettes

Hook a road map for your next project

By: Michelle Sirois-Silver

Hosta Series 1, Hosta 1, 26" x 72", #10-cut wool on loose weave natural linen.  Designed and hooked by Michelle Sirois-Silver, Vancouver, Canada, 2011.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, a maquette is a small-scale, three-dimensional sketch that gives an idea of the nature of the finished work. I decided to use maquettes when the reference materials I’d gathered for a series of hand-hooked rugs became just short of overwhelming. Three-dimensional sketches became hand-hooked samples to help me in my design phase. 

I started work on my Hosta series in 2008. From a series of photographs of hostas from my garden, I selected images based on line and dynamic value ranges. I needed to know how these images would translate into large-scale finished works (26" x 72") so I wouldn’t be faced with problem solving while I was hooking the finished works. What a daunting and frustrating task that would be!

This article is from the March/April/May 2012 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


Free tutorials, expert tips, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Beautiful I love hostas


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password