Hooray!!!! I’m so happy with my outer leaf hand-dyed wool choices!!!! : ) Although the leaves look a little “washed out” in this closeup picture (flash) they really have a lovely mottled colour and the blends go with the rest of the rug motifs that have an “Autumn” feel, at least to me!!!!! LOL The colours are deeper and richer than the pictures show.
I wanted the leaves to look like they were “dancing in the breeze”…perhaps on a lovely Fall day! : )
My flash makes these pictures a bit brighter than the wool actually is!! We are having another lovely snowstorm today so the light is pretty poor!!!! : )
The regular Antique Gold Spot is done over gray wool. I had a half-yard of it at home and ordered another yard asking that it be dyed over beige with more yellow dye. Because I had looked at my “leaf experiment” for several days, both with a narrow orange outline and a brighter #8 cut orange spot-dye outline, I decided that I didn’t want an “outline” as such. The brighter spot dye seemed to draw too much attention to the individual leaves…and as I said before, I wanted the leaf border to be attractive but not take over the rug!!!! LOL
So I decided that the more yellow/gold strips of the AGSpot would be used for the outline and the greener, grayish, dull yellow strips would be used for the inside of the leaf…with a few odds and ends of other wools thrown in. Also, I did not want the veins to “match” on any of the leaves…just random. This left me free to use leftover wool “worms” here and there in the veins and leaves, even if they were colours not used in other parts of the rug.
This is the Antique Gold Spot from Phyllis at Winterberry Cabin.
Sometimes it is not the beauty of the wool when it is dyed in yardage, but the effect it gives when cut into strips and hooked!!! (I learned that rather early in my rug hooking because one of my “ugliest” hand-dyed pieces made a beautiful green lawn on one of my country scene rugs!!!) LOL I loved it hooked up!!!! : )
I’m so pleased with how this rug is turning out!!! It’s such fun to see it come alive with both hand-dyed and as-is wools…and I’m having a great time while the snow is drifting outside and all is peaceful and quiet.