New Hooked Rug – Day 11 ~ Helen’s Tapestry

Again today, I’m working on backgrounds with a few tweaks on motifs!  I might try doing a little shading on the bunny to make him stand out a bit more.  I chose this brown for the bunny as it is a different brown than that of the larger deer and the smaller one.    I might be able to add a second ear to the bunny, but this image is so small it might not be possible!!!  “Whew”!!!!  : )

I don’t want motifs to be too “matched”…and yet I want to carry some of the same colours throughout the rug as I work.  I do try to use a colour in a different way sometimes or put it with another colour that changes it a bit…so it is not so “predictable”!  LOL

You can see that I changed the “leaves” or “bush” by the tiger’s head…(go back and check the original pattern!)   I feel that if I had put the original pattern’s “ferns clump” there, it would have taken away from the tiger!  Do you see how subdued that redesigned leaf motif is?   If it were bolder, I think it also would compete with the tiger face.

 Also, try to envision three of the shaded green leaf motifs on the right side, instead of the two shown.   I don’t think it would look good with three clumps of the same colours!  : )  I am going to try some of those shaded greens on the left side under the tree to see if that will add a nice touch to the total picture.

I am using different shades of green in the leaves, bushes and trees so we don’t see the same green everywhere!!!  I do love “odds and ends”!!!  LOL

I’m really happy with my colour choices for the most part!  As I’ve said, if I find that I’ve used a colour that looks funny or detracts from the whole picture of the rug when I have more done, I can always change or remove it!   For instance, I’ve added two red “flowers” under the bunny because that area of the rug has the dark colours without any “spark”!!  Maybe it’ll work well, maybe after I get more of the rug hooked I’ll try something else there…but at least I’m trying!!  : ) I hope you won’t be afraid to try something that your heart says “Try!”  : )  You can always take it out if it doesn’t please you…and without experimenting, we tend to just play it safe!  : )  I’d rather take a chance that I’ve found something really delightful…even if it is a wild experimental choice!!!  LOL

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  : )


Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist now living in Vancouver, Washington. We loved our Vermont "Old Crow Farm" but now I live in a little cottage with a bright yellow front door! I no longer have my business but still love designing and hooking rugs and experimenting with colour...! I do "mystery rugs" on my Blog and that is great fun!

One thought on “New Hooked Rug – Day 11 ~ Helen’s Tapestry”

  1. ohhhhhh, Sunnie. I continue to be impressed…not only with the results that you’re getting, but also (and especially) your free spirit. I think I am much looser than when I began hooking (but I’m still pretty anal)…but certainly nowhere near where you are! I love watching your rug progress…and reading about why you did what you did where you did it! Keep on hooking!

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