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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the ups and downs of primitive hooking ~

In my almost 20 yrs of hooking rugs,
I find myself always tweaking and learning the technique.

I cannot get my loops even.
some are so high, and others sink down into the other loops...
high & low....

they go this way & that way and don't really look like they have a plan...

scattered loops....

but somehow, they all come together to make a pleasing (to me) sight

didn't plan on such a wonky expression, it just happened!
i love it!

I've taught many classes on primitive rug hooking, and usually there are one or two students in the groups that can create these perfectly-evenly-piled rugs.
and as much as I admire those that can,
I cannot do that ~ try as I may...

I won't waste anymore of my time trying to pull that perfect loop.
nope, I won't...
instead I'll keep enjoying the process of filling them in,
lopsided & haphazardly
until my work is complete...
embracing the fact that I love to hook
and gathering bits of joy in my heart
...with each uneven little arch of pulled wool...

see my sunken loops? how boring this moon-face would be without them !

high, low, straight, crooked...
even or not even.
that's what makes your work completely & utterly your own.
don't change anything ~ be your unique self and your work will reflect that!

my loops gradually get higher from left to right, see the border?
and that's fine with me :)
Hoping you have a wonderfully wonky & imperfectly perfect day! 
Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...


Robin said...

Wonky is a GOOD thing...ya should see mine. Who needs perfection at our age anyway...lol

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Lori Ann Corelis said...

From one "wonky" to another! Yay!

Linda said...

Thanks Lori, I needed this post. I have been obsessing about my uneven loops while hooking today.
I am trying to be more free about choosing some random color strips too. I'll have to send you a pic of my bee chair pad I made from your pattern.

Bittersweetfolkart said...

I think every piece you make is brilliant .
Sure wish I were a hooker ..lol

SUE said...

I love your wonky style! It is very primitive and yet always looks good - keep up the great work!


Rhonda said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
I have picked up projects and put them down again wishing I could hook "better". Now I have the freedom to just enjoy my work and not be "perfect"
Have a great day!

Theresa said...

Lori you are a blessing....I've been so afraid of trying rug hooking for this very thing. Your rugs are always beautiful!!! This post gives me the thumbs up to try. Thank you!!!

Jane said...

Love your wonky, witchy moon! Your wonky philosophy has always been an inspiration for me to try new things. I doubt if the painting grand masters worried about perfection and just explored their own style.

Nancee said...

I have the same problem, I love to hook and the loops are this way and that. I used to care, but not anymore. The more homespun looking the better.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Lori, I just had a rude man blogger that was so critical about my hooking and I just got so many nice comments from fellow hookers. I am with you. I can't hook any other way and doing your own thing is what makes Life interesting. I love everything you do!What a wonderful post.Cheri

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