Baby Elephant! Yes, here is the color gray, AGAIN!
Really, truly, I had no intention of experimenting with gray for awhile. (see past post about my gray phase)
I'm already playing with other colors in two smaller hooked pieces that are "on the frame". They are both more than halfway hooked. I have two small rugs I need to finish designing and then hook before the end of summer, and one large design spinning around in my head. Again, I say, I had no intention of hooking anything with gray.
That was, until I received an invitation for a baby shower. I could tell by the online registry that the theme for the new nursery was white, gray, neutrals....and elephants! I have loved elephants for as long as I can remember. In second grade I had a Dumbo notebook. I didn't like the movie, but I loved Dumbo. I can think of some great children's book with elephants as the main character. Dumbo, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Babar, and Dr. Seuss' Horton the Elephant to name a few!
Over 25 years ago, I saw an elephant rug called Jumbo. It was a reproduction of a rug from the collection of the Shelburne Museum hooked rugs. It was charming! A simply rendered elephant in the middle of a wreath of flowers! I always thought it would be a fun rug to hook.
So, back to my Baby Elephant. The registry had crocheted elephants and stuffed wool elephants on a baby mobile that were truly sweet. Yet, upon seeing those items, I thought to myself. I could hook a little elephant wall hanging or table mat. Once I had that thought, I knew gray was back in my immediate future.
When I hook small pieces I don't always put a wool backing on them, yet, since this was a gift I felt it would look more finished with a wool backing. All of these were great choices.
I wanted to sew a label on the back, since I didn't hook my initials or date in the piece. Now they know this was made with love, just for them!
Baby Elephant, measures 9"x 10" and is a good rug for a beginner or as a weekend project for an experienced hooker. Maybe the color gray is in your immediate future too!
You can find Baby Elephant and other rug hooking related items at my etsy shop.