Today I was able to work on the eggplant border and more of the black/brown border background…and I am happy with this choice! It has the softer look I wanted : )
Jacque brought up an important point about this rug that I wanted to talk about. One of the great things about sharing ideas is that it brings out different interpretations of the same design! I spoke yesterday about doing the border, the colours I was using and the reasons why I was using them.
I liked Jacque’s perspective because, when I first looked at this rug and was planning to do it in the narrow #3 cut, I thought of the rug as a whole entity…not a center and a border as I said yesterday! This is the way Jacque sees the rug (as a whole) and she would do some things differently if we were doing this rug at the same time!!! : )
I believe I might have felt the same way about the rug if I were doing it in #3 cut and using a lighter colour palette…but because of my changes and simplifications, I now see the rug as a folk art “pictorial” surrounded by a border of random motifs. After my “black” border background experiment, I felt that using the black in the border, either the antique black from Dorr or my softer antique blend would take away the drama in the pictorial center. I am having to simplify the border images and now I see them more as a frame for the center than part of the rug as a whole! : )
I think Jacque’s rug would be beautiful too if she were handling it as a whole and using the same soft antique black blend in the border as in the center. : ) This is what makes rug hooking so exciting and why even those hooking the same design can come up with very different rugs. We each make it our own!!!
It would be great fun sometime to have several of us working on the same rug without knowing what the others were doing until the finish. I know some hooking groups take on these challenges and they are always fun!! It’s wonderful what each person chooses for colours and how they each handle the design!
I was able to hook some today at our hooking group “Newport Happy Hookers!” : ) We do a lot of talking too!!!! LOL : )
Happy Hooking!! Sunnie : )