New Hooked Rug – Day 24 ~ Helen’s Tapestry

After hanging up the rug and looking at it both last night and this morning, I decided that the black background on the border was too “black” for the feeling I wanted the border to convey!   It seems harsh to me…too solid!!! : ) 

If you stare at the pictures of the rug and look from the center to the border (with the black background) and then look back at the center, you will see that the mixed blacks in the center of the rug look duller.  Since I want the center of the rug to be the focus, I want the border to have a softer feeling…a frame for the rug interior.  Not something in competition with the center.  To me, the  solid antique black in the border looks more intense, brighter or “in your face”…and overshadows the border images as well as the rug interior.

Although the black/brown replacement for the solid black has a “dark” look (which is what I wanted) it has a softness and a way of blending with the other rug colours.  I’ve left some black in so you can see the difference.

Sometimes I know at once what the colour of a motif or a background should be!!!  LOL  But sometimes, I have several possibilities and try to visualize each one…or, if just thinking about it isn’t enough, I don’t mind hooking a section on my rug and living with it for awhile before making a decision. 

It’s hard to explain, but it often isn’t the “colour” that is important to me at that moment but the “feeling” that I want the piece (or area of the rug) to have.  I might not care two hoots about the particular colour…just how it sets off the other motifs or gives me the feeling I want the rug to convey!!  LOL  I know it sounds like something from a psychiatrist’s office or like something “touchy/feely” and nonsensical…but I assure you that this type of decision-making fits right in with my goofy personality!!!  Would you have it any other way?  LOL  : )

This example of doing the border is exactly why I don’t colour plan rugs before I start!  : )  I believe in learning by mistakes so this rug is a great adventure!!! 

Never having seen the completed rug, I have no idea what colours were used so I need to experiment.  Having to redesign the rug for wider cuts, I have to see which of my “adjustments” work and which ones don’t!!!  Every mistake or little error I make trains my eye and helps me learn…and that is most important to me!!!  I want my rugs to be beautiful, but I also want to learn from each loop I pull!  LOL

I’m having a lovely time with this rug and I’m glad to have you along for the adventure!!

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!

4 thoughts on “New Hooked Rug – Day 24 ~ Helen’s Tapestry”

  1. Okay, now me? I would make the background of the border the same as the black background of the center of the rug. There is the dividing rows with the vine to accentuate the center. I see the border more as a continuation of the center, not the rug as a ‘border and a center’…know what I mean? You could use the brown/black OR the black/black you’ve got going on now for a few rows on the very outside of the rug. But, hey…that’s just me and I’m only looking at a small photo of this huge rug (did you measure it yet?). And, I have absolutely no experience doing something like this.

    Course, that’s not even what you asked. So…with the question you asked, yes, I do prefer the black/brown over the black/black.

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