02 August 2009

Oak Leaves Tote





Yippee! The hooking is done on my Oak Leaves tote. I confess that I agonized more than usual over the colors on this one and did quite a bit of reverse hooking. Sometimes a color that you think is going to be perfect ends up being just blah..... (A little 'thank you' to our Tuesday Night Hookers group ...they listened to a lot of whining.) But I think persistence paid off and I'm pleased with the results.


I will often hooked a variety of related colors and textures into my backgrounds. But, for this piece, I wanted to keep a strong focus on the leaves so I used just one color, Chocolate Truffle, in the background. Because it's dyed with some mottling over a great plaid, it has just enough variation to give it some movement without drawing your eye to the background. I especially love the deep rusty orange, Late Fall Maples, that outlines two of the leaves.


Now I'm patiently waiting (fingers tapping on the table) for the lovely pair of leather handles I've ordered to arrive ..... then I can construct a beautiful and useful bag to take to the Farmer's Market on Sundays!




7 comments:

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Marita, Just beautiful. Love the sold background. Can't wait to see it constructed!

Gayle said...

The color in those leaves are just PERFECT! You've done a really great job!

I have a purse all hooked - it's been done for over a year now - but I still have to tackle sewing it together, so I'll watch for a future post from you on how to do that. Maybe I can get mine done too!

SusanK said...

Marita, It came out just great. Can't wait to see what it looks like put together!

moosecraft said...

Your tote is simply gorgeous Marita! Well done! The colors and placement are perfect! :-)

Marita said...

Thank you for your kind comments ladies! The bags handles arrived today so I hope to get this made up soon...
Enjoy the lazy days of August.

Doreen said...

This is SO beautiful Marita..I love it.

How are you? Fall is arriving soon and I need to be shopping for some new wool...I'll be by very soon.

:)Hugs, Doreen

TamboinMO said...

Marita,
So happy to have stumbled upon your Oak Leaves tote this morning....it turned out beautifully! Can't wait to see it finished....don't you just hate waiting for things to come in the mail so you can finish?!