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Well this past weekend, May 15th and 16th, Roy and I spent time in class. Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks ?

Joan Foster was teaching a Shading Technique in flowers for rug hooking that we both really wanted to learn. She is an extremely talented and knowledgeable lady and after two days in class, with lots of practice, I can say we learned the

“ basics”. Trust me when I say it’s not as easy as it looks or sounds.

Roy’s pansy in progress

I would say I am more naturally inclined to scenery and landscapes when I hook as apposed to still life and portraits. Bowls of fruit and flowers are not really my “ thing”. But wow oh wow there is so much more to it then I could have even imagined.

Numbering system for shading

I am thrilled with the techniques and will continue to work on at least the two pansies I have drawn up on the linen. I will definitely be incorporating the techniques into my future rugs. The major obstacle now will be dyeing all the shades required. Oh my goodness! What tangled webs! Lol.

Blake’s rose and pansies

Fortunately Roy is quite knowledgeable about dyeing. And has just about every colour. 🤔 hmmmm if you see me with arms up to my elbows in bizarre colours you will know what I will have have been doing!

Cheers Blake

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