New Hooked Rug – Day 3 ~Helen’s Tapestry

Today I worked on more border, filled in a little water and worked on leaves on the old rose flower.  Also some dark black/green that I’m using for the background behind the deer.  I have to choose colours that will show off the motifs and still blend with each other as I go along…so it is a little tricky!!!  As you can see, I’m up to my old habit of using scraps of leftover wools…making one of the flower leaves turning a bit brown!!!  LOL

Special Note:

I called Fraser today to ask about the linen this pattern was put on.  It was put on a linen that is more suitable for a wider cut which is why I’m not able to do really fine details.  They suggested that I pack the wool in more tightly (which might work somewhat but doesn’t really solve the problem!)…but I think if anyone orders this pattern they should specify Monk’s cloth or fine linen !!!    (OR rug warp…that’s been recommended by other hookers too!)

I made the mistake of assuming  that a tapestry pattern or a floral pattern meant to be done in narrow cuts of wool would be put on a backing appropriate for that cut.   In my phone call, I mentioned that I would be hooking in the fine cuts but I didn’t specify what type of linen I wanted!!!   It is an expensive pattern so I can’t really order it again with another backing…but be advised that you need to specify and make sure you get the backing you want.  : )  The linen used with the Bradley Primitive is the same linen I received for this pattern…and it just isn’t good for the #3 & #4 cuts.

I’ll just adapt the pattern and redraw some things or leave them out altogether!  So it’ll still be fun!!!

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!

4 thoughts on “New Hooked Rug – Day 3 ~Helen’s Tapestry”

  1. Sunnie ~ you’re on your way, aren’t you? You really get a lot done considering the small cut ~ and you info regarding the linen backing will be of value to others ~ you’re so good!! I love the way you changed the background around the drinking deer’s head ~ it made tons of difference, didn’t it? You really do provide a lesson as you go along ~ very interesting to those of us on the reading end of your blog!! See you tomorrow!
    Alice

  2. Thank you, friends! : ) I know I appreciate any information that I can get about rug hooking!!! I learned so much from others when I first started.

    This is really a fun experience for me…and I haven’t even started tearing my hair out yet!!! LOL

    Hugs to you!!! Sunnie : )

  3. Sunnie, it’s already stunning! I know you may end up tearing your hair out and slurping the veggies and meat I’m pureeing for you, but you’re already doing a fantastic job. I’ve realized that my problem is that I try to be too literal in my hooking! I need to let it go and let it flow!

    I always learn something from you and in this case, I’m studying the water and cattails at the water’s edge.

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