Hooray…I was able to do a lot of hooking today but not too exciting for you!!!! :)
I decided on a border and hooked the entire left side border with a new brown and the same wool I used for the lettering on the “Rooster Today” rug!
I had thought about using a “sweet” colour but decided to use something that would frame the center without distracting from it. So the 2 border colours are more primitive and subdued. The outer brown is a different plaid than the browns used on the tree and the light plaid with little flecks of colour in it (see the plaid picture shown on the “Rooster” rug posts) has a rather dirty white-ish , gray-ish background.
When the plaid is hooked up, it has little streaks of colour that look rather odd close up. But “oddness” never stops me!!! :)
Now the description of the wools sounds really ugly! …lol… but it really isn’t as bad as it sounds! I hope you will agree when you see the entire rug at the finish. And I can always change direction…it is not written in stone!
I also finished my initials using colours from the birds and flowers. I filled in a little more background too. Actually, the “rooster” plaid picks up some of the colours from the leaves…so I thought it would work! There is a bit of green, of orange and of brown. However, if I find I don’t like it after hooking more of the center, I can always pull it out and put something else in the gentle scalloped parts.
I had first thought of hooking the border with gentle scallops in white with cut out parts to look like lace. But I decided that the border would then become part of the center…and also, the white was too “showy”…so I chose the “duller” plaids!
One of the joys of experimenting is that you can find something that works beautifully in a rug that is a bit out of the ordinary! And I like that..!
I am doing the border in a #8 cut…and it is funny how wide the strips seem to me now! I used to do almost all my rugs in #8…but after the #3-#6 cuts I use now, the 8 feels like I am pulling a quarter yard of wool through the backing!!!!!!! But the hooking goes fast…!!!
Here is Progress on Day 14…Happy Hooking! Sunnie :)