Adapted from the artwork of Johanna Parker
Hooked by Marion Wilson
I posted about Marion's rug back in February so if you are a regular reader of my blog, this will be a repeat story for you.
Marion was in my class at the Historic Franklin Rug Hooking Retreat last October. She wanted to hook this pattern but she did not want to use any orange in it...perhaps a little challenge for me as a teacher because I had already seen the original artwork and it was pretty much all orange and black. So the next thing I thought of was purple. I set about dyeing up several pleasing values of purple that I thought would work. I had to keep reminding myself of the old phrase "keep it simple, sister" (KISS). I think as rug hookers, we sometimes overthink our color plan and make it more complicated than it really needs to be...at least, I can relate to that!
The best solution for the pumpkin was to make it a dusty green. Then, of course, the use of off-white for the ghost and stars and black for the outlining and spider.
I had to keep my fingers crossed that Marion would like the colors I brought her (because THEN what would I do???) but lucky for me, she loved them and away she went! She hooked quite a bit on her rug during our retreat and I think her rug is pretty amazing, don't you? Of course, most of the awesomeness is the skill of the maker! So "bravo" and applause to Marion for her beautiful Halloween rug!
You can find the pattern here: