New Hooked Rug – Day 2 ~Helen’s Tapestry

Today I had time to work on the water, the foliage, the eggplant border and a flower!  Since there are quite a few flowers and berry bushes, etc. that are not very large, one really can’t do a lot of shading with them.  Most are very simple shapes too.  I think I will use several colours of flowers and berries just as in nature.  I’ll decide as I go along what colour to put where!!! 

I’ve said before that I always hang up or drape a rug pattern after working on it so I can really stare at it and notice any little “glitches”.  I also can decide what I think will look best with what I’ve already done.  I like this pattern because it is fanciful like the folk art I love so I don’t have to be so realistic in my interpretation!!!  I like the freedom to do what I want and not follow a formula!!  LOL

I changed the drinking deer a bit to define the head and have the head be less “chubby”!  LOL  Also, I noticed that the dark colour I put in the lower corner of the grasses melted into the eggplant border and made a corner “blob”, so I changed that too.  I added more to the border (as you know, I like to do the border as I go along so I don’t have to work with the same colours each day at the finishing of the rug!)  and did the shaded flower in an old rose colour.  (I have several 6- or 8- value swatches that I bought years ago and they are coming in handy now!) : )

I’ve been asked about my “goals” in rug hooking!  : )  I can say that my goals are always to have fun, to learn something and to do the best I can do at the time and with the knowledge that I have at the “moment” the rug is hooked!  : ) 

Of course, there will always be some who are not happy with the choices we make or what we do…but that is just life!!!  LOL  I really find enjoyment in correcting my mistakes and solving hooking problems…which is why I do my own colour-planning and experimental methods!!! 

At my time of life, the most important thing is to have whatever art or craft piece I do bring me great joy while I do it!  If I am going to spend precious time on the creation, it must be a delight.  : )  The fact that someone else enjoys a rug I’ve designed and hooked enough to purchase it for their own is a special blessing and a bonus for me!  But I have enjoyed every minute of the adventure of creating it!!

I hope you are all enjoying your creating too…and counting the blessings of each day!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  : )

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Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist living and working in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I specialize in original Santas, witches and other folk characters and original hand-hooked wool rugs. We live a peaceful life here at Old Crow Farm and enjoy our retirement!

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