I have been thinking about a shoe rug for some time, and decided to get down to it. I am envisioning a fairly big rug, but have learned that sampling is essential. So…I am working on a smallish mat with one pair of shoes. A favourite pair of well-worn boots actually. I began by painting them and then photographing them.
I am going to hook these shoes sort of like hooking a portrait. So my next step was to posterize them in photoshop.
And draw them on the linen, a fairly small piece, about 12″x24″. My friend June suggested it is the perfect door mat size–so I thought why not turn the box the shoes are sitting on into a mat and hook a door mat of a door mat? Maybe the big rug will be a door mat with a pile of my shoes on it.At this point I have given no thought to the background–colour or design. I know this breaks some rules, but it is the only way that works for me. I’ll turn the box the shoes are sitting on into a mat and try hooking the main motif first to see where that takes me. Does the shoe on the left look a bit like a duck’s bill? Yes, I think some adjustment is needed already–but that is the beauty of hooking; it’s way more forgiving than painting. Next step is finding six or seven values of red in my stash and picking up my hook.
I think that is a great idea for a door mat, though I am not sure i could put any shoes on it!
I love the boots. What brand are they?
Good Morning Elizabeth
The boots are made by El Naturalists, a Spanish company. Check their website http://www.elnaturalista.com/en
I am almost finished hooking the first one–not as easy as you would think!