When I first learned to hook I did everything in a number 4 cut – well I didn’t do fine shading! Did one of those and after spending 1 1/2 hours doing a rosebud that was about 1 inch square decided I did not have the patience or attention span OR ability to do fine shading! Not really sure that I had developed a “style” at that time but I knew that I loved the more primitive wide cut and folk art pieces done by some of the ladies I hooked with. Judith Dallagret was one of my favourites – she dyed wonderful bright colours (although she would not admit that they are bright – but compared to my dirties they ARE!) and used wide cuts and had an amazing (still has!) style of her own that was very primitive and folk art oriented. But I realised that number 4 cut really did not give the same look.
And soooooo…. I took a class at Trent with Bea Grant who introduced me to number 8! oh my god! I still have that first primitive piece which we designed ourselves with Bea’s help and hooked in number 8 (no less than a number 6 but wider if you wanted!). Ahhhh primitive! wide cut! square foot in an hour and half! not square inch! My attention span could handle that! Since then I have discovered 8.5 or 5/16’s of an inch which is what I have my Townsend cutter set up with (Rigby’s are set up with 7, 8 and 6 and 3/8’s inch). I LOVE 8.5 and do almost everything I hook in 8.5. So I think my style would definitely be considered primitive wide cut or folkart. Very occasionally I will hook something in a number 6 but that is usually more landscape oriented and mixed with yarns. But 8.5 is such a wonderful cut. Recently I have been using my 3/8 inch and love that too but hmmm my Townsend will cut 6 – 8.5 strips whereas my Rigby will only cut 3 of the 3/8 inch strips – so my laziness steps in and I revert back to 8.5.
There is a point to all of this!!!! I have a couple of former students whose work is wide cut but even more primitive than mine. I consider my colours and designs primitive but my hooking is rather, for want of a better word, anal! Now Suzanne, who has only been hooking for about 2 years, hand cuts all her wool so it comes out different sizes and designs her own pieces (she started with 10 of my kits! and I know has done over 20 pieces) and does her own colour planning and her rugs are soooooo much more primitive than mine. I covet them! They are very non-anal. Here are pix of some of the rugs she brought to the last hookin:
this and the picture below are all of the same HUGE rug that was about 6 feet wide
I LOVE this rug – kept hoping Suzanne would leave it behind!
The pig was an absolute hoot – I did see it finished with a pink showbinding if I remember correctly!
This was based on one of my kits but elongated. I would be trying to make all those circles ROUND but what gives it that wonderful old primitive feel and look is that they are NOT….