New Hooked Rug – Day 23 ~ Helen’s Tapestry

Today, I decided to work some on the border before I go much farther on the center!  I see right away that the small elephants will be much harder to get to look right than the larger elephant was!!  : )  LOL

I will go back tomorrow and take out some of the light gray on the elephant.  I’ll replace it with some of the darker gray mottled wool.

You will notice that I decided to hook the black background in the border right up to the narrow eggplant border.  I felt that if I put a dividing line between (of some other colour) it would draw the eye to the line and not to the entire rug!  I might be wrong!!!  LOL  If so, I can take out the first black line around the eggplant and put a different colour in.  I thought of a brown line so I might try that as an experiment! : ) I don’t want the line to be too prominant.

I thought of different colours to be a background for the border…but for now, I’ll try the black.  I can decide better when I hook a bit more on the border!  You might be able to see that the antique black I’ve used in the border is a bit different than the blacks used in the center.  The center is a mix of several different antique blacks.  The border is Dorr’s antique black which actually is a very dark green.

If I think there is too much black I can try something softer…but my first thought is that the black – a bit different from the center – will keep the feeling of the rug that I’ve done so far!!  : )

Jacque asked about the size of the center and the size of the border on this rug.  The center measures 45″ x 22″…with a 5″ border all around.

As you can see, the border is in “experimentation mode”!!!  LOL  Just as with the Bradley Primitive, I need to hook more of the border so I can test the colours of the motifs to see if they work!!!  I don’t want to have the border overshadow the center of the rug.

The greens on the large “ferns” in the border can be a bit of a problem!!  : )  The lighter greens might be too light and draw the eye to them!  So I’m trying some of the darker greens too,  to see if they will work better.

It was rainy all day here…perfect for hooking!!  : )

Enjoy,  Sunnie  ; )

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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!

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