Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I haven’t been able to hook since Thursday, but while I’m resting at home, I’ve been thinking about the Frost Lion. I’ve been working on the head and basically only looking at the head – and, by itself, the lion head looks a lot like some kind of unusual space monster. I decided it was time to take a good look at the whole pattern and see how the head is going to fit in. I’ve been anxious to get enough hooked to see how the antique black background will do, so I have hooked just a little bit around the top of the mane. When I look now, I see way more of the very light colored mane hairs than I should….
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
I'm having a terrible time trying to get Blogger to let me put my photos where I want them, so I guess I'll just leave them at the bottom. I looked at a lot of photos taken of live lions and I also had a lot of fun studying Edward Hick's paintings with his Kingdoms that included lions that changed and aged as his paintings changed over many years. You'll be able to see in the first photo that I've decided to do a shadowed gray/buckskin lion, although right now, with so little hooked, the lion looks more like a goat.
This is one of Edward Hicks' lions
I decided to use Hicks' lions for my models. I'm guessing that a post-American Civil War rug hooker would not be familiar with live lions and would have to rely on available books or paintings or photos. Edward Hicks, a Quaker minister, painted at least 62 different "Peaceable Kingdom" paintings and they all included a lion. Those paintings could have travelled from his Pennsylvania to other Quaker meeting houses in New England and elsewhere, so I'm guessing our early hooker could have seen at least one of them. Of course, the pattern gives some information about how the lion should be hooked. The pattern gives a longer face to the lion, but that's all workable.