I have hooked a large collection of flowers in my rugs, and have only scratched the surface in showing you the details. Here are some close-ups that show each color and loop. To enlarge the photos, simply click on each one. The flower above is from the Hit Or Miss Purse. I like to foil complementary colors, as with the purple and gold here, especially in a flower center.
Here are a couple of photos from Hummingbirds & Pinks. Notice how many variations on a theme make up each flower color.
It can be tempting to use the same wool to hook multiple flowers, but it is much more interesting to use several wools. They are all unified by their shape and similar colors. If you really look at a flower, this is how nature truly looks as the sun hits each petal differently, or one flower may be in the shadows.
Draw inspiration from nature. Notice how some petals start to grow old, as another one comes into its prime. See how that changes the colors. Nature is a wonderful teacher. Make each petal different, outline them with different colors.
The above flower and this one below is from Peony Pillow.
Notice the soft variation of color. Hand dyed wool makes it possible to put this variation into our hooking. The bud on the left is made up of 4 variations of red.
This close-up is from my small hooked piece called Primitive Spirit. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate abstract art should look at a flower with a magnifying glass: nature’s abstraction.
The above photo is from Almond Blossoms. When you look at a tiny detail in nature, you can see the beauty in each fiber of the design. You don’t need to travel to an exotic place or fly to the moon to see the magic and the mysteries of life. They are right here. Just allow yourself to see them. Abandon your preconceived notions of what things are supposed to look like. The photo below is from the Nightingale Doctor Bag design.
Imagine that you are a child who just learned to walk and you are taking a good look at a flower for the first time. What do you see?
That is what it is all about. Getting back our childhood eyes that really see things as they truly are!
Have a creative day ~ Karen
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
~ William Blake