Two Rectangles and a Trapezoid, hand dyed wool on linen, 11 1/2 x 13 in.
Three shapes, an illusion of overlapping; three colors, cool and warm, each one mixed with a bit of one of the other colors to harmonize them. This overlapping idea is similar to the one in another recent textile, Shield, although not as dramatic.
Two Rectangles and a Trapezoid detail
I use different directions of hooking the loops of wool in order to enhance the illusion of overlap. I often use a random pattern for backgrounds; its overall-ness works well for that purpose. It is the most labor intensive of all hooking directions; straight lines are the easiest, angled lines and curves in between. It's all quite relaxing handwork, done while I sit in front of the tv in the evening, a nice way to wind down the day.