Tuesday, April 23

Blackbird Wool Hooked Rug

'Blackbird on a Sunny Flower' Fraktur #2 of 6 copyright 2019 Michelle L. Palmer
Illustration copyright 2010

Inspired by summer walks along the Erie Canal~
Poison Sumac leaves and blossoms are so pretty (from a distance)
The leaves hang similar to the top arch~ turning crimson in the Fall.
The blossoms are beautiful~ I made mine salmon, a little lighter than true.
Every now and then a sunflower blossom will pop up
along the pathway edge.
Chipmunks and squirrels drop some of their bird feeder stash
and they take seed in unexpected places!

I included a photograph of my 'Fraktur & Flourish'
pen & ink with watercolor illustration
that inspired the summery piece~

The bird and I had a few closed door meetings.
Feather colors were changed a few times and if I stare at it
for too long I get thinking the wing could still be a different color!

I just LOVE how the warmth and texture of wool is bringing new life
to my collection of walnut ink illustrations!

I draw my patterns by hand on primitive linen.
Finished rug size is 24" wide by 22" tall (actual hooked area)
3.5" to 4" border around the entire design
allowing ample room for your frame.
I take care to keep the lines straight of the grain.
Linen edges are taped to prevent fraying. I use green Frog Brand tape.
It is available through my Etsy shop:

It will be a while for number three in the series to be completed~
Free time is shared with gardening and sunsets...
How we have waited for Spring to arrive!

Wishing your hearts happiness~


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my goodness! These are SO very beautiful! I am finally taking the time to sketch and learn to watercolor. It's something I've always wanted to do but didn't think I had the talent. Now I've decided just to do it for myself...and for fun! You always inspire me! Hugs!

Michelle Palmer said...

I'm so glad you're taking the time to draw and paint, Lavender Dreamer! Your works will be treasures from your heart, from your hand! It isn't about talent when it brings your heart joy~ the beauty will be there.