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One Moose, Four Ways

Small changes can make a big difference

By: Wendie Scott Davis

Primitive. This was the first moose hooked. I used a combination of “as is” textures and other wool from my stash. The outline of the moose is an over-dyed version of the wool used to hook her. I chose a combination of wools for the primitive look of the birch trees, and I hooked the leaves in a glorious spot dye that I had won at a hook-in.

Each time you start to hook a pattern, you have lots of decisions to make: what style, what cut, what colors, what materials, and so on.

I am constantly amazed at how different the same pattern turns out in the hands of different rug hookers. Just a different palette creates a completely different result. When you layer in different styles, cuts, and materials, the possibilities are endless.

What if you didn’t make just one choice? What if you did the same pattern a number of different ways? Those are the questions I asked myself when I started this little exercise, and I decided to see what would happen if I just let myself keep going.

This article is from the January/February 2013 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.

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