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Quick post today…Working around the top of the rug on the first Border and using up a LOT of leftover woolworms!!!!   Hooray!  :)

I may redo the heart as it does not show up too well…but I can just outline it with a slightly darker strip and it will be fine.

I am also doing what I often do and having a laugh at what pops into my mind when doing a particular rug.   When I started the blue bird (and I have another bird to do!!)   I remembered the song “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”!…a goofy song by Little Jimmy Dickens in, I believe, 1965!!!   Of course, then the tune kept running through my mind all day.   LOL  

When looking at my pattern I remembered my Mom saying that someone “looked a little down in the mouth” when referring to someone who looked rather glum…and I had to smile at my Lions expressions!   So rug hooking is also a trip down memory lane for me too!!!   I should name my Lions “Glumm” and “Grumble”!!!

Here is Progress on Day 15…I feel like I am making good time with this rug!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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Doing borders is fun for me!!!   I often make them up as I go!!!!!   LOL   :)

Now I know I tell you why I do some of the things I do…and you probably are saying to yourself, “Why doesn’t she cut the chatter and get to the hooking???”   LOL    New rug hookers especially are interested in what we “old hookers” do…so we try to pass along some of the things that help us in our work!   I have learned a lot from rug hookers of all ages and experience!!!   So I love information! 

But I really do get questions occasionally like…”How do you decide what colours to use where?” Or, “Why did you put a different design there instead of the one you had drawn?”   Or, “Have you lost your mind…what old age home did you escape from???”   LOL 

I know I always say it (!!) but my rug hooking goals are simply to have fun, to experiment, to be surprised, to please myself and to learn something on each rug I do!   I do the things that make those goals possible.   I have no stress, no worry, no doubts, and no regrets about my work.   I try to do the best I can at the time I am hooking the piece.   What does it matter if I could do a “better” job now…on a rug I hooked in 2007?    If it really spoils my whole life to look at that rug, I can either give it away, pull out all the wool strips and give them to the birds or take my design and hook it again with my “new and improved”  (HA!) style!!!!!   LOL

Today…the reasons for doing my first Border the way I am doing it are simple. 

1.   There is a lot going on with the center section under the Lions…so the Border at the bottom is a simpler design.

2.   Since this rug has many quiet darker colours and colours of similar value, I thought using a couple of lighter colours on the left and right sides of the first Border would act like “pillers” on each side of a doorway.   I can always replace them if I find they don’t please me when the rug is mostly done.

3.   I am trying to use up more of my leftover woolworms here too…so my Border colour choices reflect this.

4.   There are many reasons why I change a motif or design while I am hooking on this rug or any other.   Sometimes, I just think a different leaf shape would be more graceful..!   Sometimes I have drawn my motifs too close together and I want more space between them.   Sometimes I just change a motif or colour because I have changed a lot of my design before I get to another part of the rug…and it just makes sense to me!

Here is my Progress on Day 14…   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

Grumpyday14This is the bottom border below:

Grumpyday11SYou can see a lot is going on with the brown-green-brick red in the center section…so the border is simpler.

 

 

I finished the first border on the right hand side of the rug!!!   Hooray!    :)

I like to work on the borders as I go along…but can’t do the outer border because I haven’t decided what to do yet..!!!   LOL

Here is Progress on Day 13…I am having fun with this inner border too!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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Running around today so a quick post!!!   :)

I was able to get more background and more little motifs done yesterday…and got rid of more leftover woolworms on the motifs!!!   Hooray!

Here is Progress on Day 12…

Grumpyday12I am glad that the colours are staying soft…I like the quiet feeling!   I am sticking in small bits of the different background colour so it blends in.   This is a large rug and , as I said, I never want to “worry” about having enough background!!!!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :) 

Yesterday and this morning, I had a chance to do a little more on my Grumpy Lions rug…making some decisions and changing some things!  :)

I have changed the colour of two of the small motifs in the faded brick red area…changing a green curl to gold and taking out the 2 blues in the tulip and replacing them with a faded gold, tan, orange soft plaid that does not stand out much.   I found that, with the blue border right under the brick red, I did not need to bring down any blue for a motif there.   In fact, it was distracting!   So out it came.  LOL

Also, I worked on the red tulip that marks the upper center of the center section of the rug…I enlarged the tulip a bit and used a red that I really wanted to use!!!   I have used the red in the “bud or berry” on the right side of the center section on the end of the green stem.   The red sinks into the brown background so it will not be too bright or “in your face”!!!   LOL  ( I don’t want it to jump out and grab the viewer but I really wanted to use that red!!!!!!)   Sooooo…unless it spoils the whole rug (!!!) the red will stay!!!! 

So here is the progress on Day 11… Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)

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I’m coming along fine with my rug…and enjoying every minute!!!   That’s the way I like to hook…no stress, no worries…but there is an explanation for that state of mind.  :)

When I say that I “don’t plan” a rug…I am speaking about the final design and the colour plan of the piece.   But, of course, there are some things I do automatically to give myself a good experience with each rug!

I choose the backing…I always use linen burlap these days.

I choose the size or I give myself size options.

I run two lines of machine zigzag stitch to keep the backing from raveling when I cut the extra away at the finish and bind the rug.

I decide if the background will be light or dark.

I choose the background wool, making sure that I have more than enough to finish the rug… AND I choose another wool close to my background colour in case I have made a mistake in how much wool it will take!   By doing this, I never worry about not having enough background wool to finish a piece!    I can blend in wool close in value and still have the background read as a “solid”…and NOT a wormy background that would compete with my motifs for attention!   (unless I want it to do so!!!)  LOL

I do choose a colour to start with on a main motif…like the Lions on this rug.   I chose shades of gold!   And then, I am on my way!  

When I am transferring the pattern (on my light table) I am already tweaking the design…and that goes on as I hook.   Sometimes the final rug looks quite different from my first vision…and I don’t limit myself.   If I decide to put a frog where I had drawn a tomato before…I just sketch it and do it…!!!   No “rug police” are going to come after me!!!   LOL

When I first started hooking and read posts online (8 or 9 years ago) I was sad to read how many rug hookers said that they felt frustrated or stressed when they hooked.  

They worried about colours (were they “right).   They worried about having enough wool.   They worried that not everyone would like their work.    They felt intimidated by teachers or others who had more experience!   And on and on!!!   One lady said that she was never satisfied with anything she ever hooked..!!!     Perhaps I am a little odd (!!!) but I think if I had a hobby or an activity that caused me so much disappointment,  frustration and stress, I would find something else to do!!!   LOL   Thankfully, we seem to rest easier these days and I mostly find positive comments of enjoyment with their hooking from my circle of  hooking friends!!

The lecture is over!!!!!   (There will NOT be a test..!!! )  LOL

(By the way…did you notice the change in background wool on a part of this rug photo?)LOL

Here is my Progress on Day 10…and I hope you are all enjoying whatever art you are doing at this time! 

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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I am working on the first border along with the main center of the rug and I want to introduce a few lighter colours… but not too light as I don’t want to draw undue attention to them!    I want a lot going on in this rug…and the borders(!)…but I don’t want to compete with the main characters!!!  :)

I have chosen 2 plaids with which to experiment…and I will use them as a “test” as I finish more in the main part of the rug.   These are soft plaids so I hope they will work.   If not, I have some darker wools that I think would work…so I will wait until I do some more to make a final decision!!!

So, here we go with the Progress on Day 9…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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