Joanne Strauch has been working on a fabulous rug in locker hooking, using carded fleece instead of yarn or fabric. It's been so much fun watching the rugs progress that I wanted to share just a few photos here.
This is her color study/sample for the rug, which is really a work of art in its own right. (Click on it for a full-sized image.)
One of the real joys of starting with fleece, as I'm sure you spinners and felters know, is having so much control over your end product. As you can see, Joanne's been playing with lots of beautiful colors, and blending shades of dyed fleece using her Strauch Motorized carder to get everything just right.
The process starts with raw fleece, which she then washes and dyes. Then comes the blending and carding to get just the right colors. When the batts come off the carder, Joanne draws them out into rovings, which she winds into balls to keep until she's ready to use them in the rug.
The fleece is hooked onto a canvas, using a special locker hook threaded with wool yarn. This rug is so large that Joanne is having to do it in sections, which will then be joined together. Here's a little preview of two of the sections she's done so far. You can see in the bottom photo how beautifully she's blended the turquoise and grey fleece. (Again, click on the photos for larger versions.)
We're hoping to work up a "how-to" series for the blog on this topic, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you can view either the photo set or a slide show on Flickr if you'd like to see some more pictures of the process.
We'd love to see what sorts of things you're doing with fiber. Send us a photo and let us know if we can share it here in The Wool Goes 'Round.