New Hooked Rug – Day 25 ~ Helen’s Tapestry

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  : )


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!

3 thoughts on “New Hooked Rug – Day 25 ~ Helen’s Tapestry”

  1. Hi Sunnie,
    I have followed both your rugs and am finding your blog so interesting. I didn’t care for “Helen’s Tapestry” when you first posted the design but as you are hooking it I am finding it more interesting. It’s just an example to me of how other people see things that I don’t see. I must say though that I agree with Jacque about the border. I prefer the black because I find it more dramatic. It adds more pizazz to the rug. I find the eggplant to be muddy. Just my 2 cents. Keep on hooking.


  2. Good Morning, Sunnie!! I’m loving this rug!! At first, it seemed to be something that wouldn’t work for me but now ~ you are absolutely right ~ it is folk art at it’s best!! And you definitely make us ‘think’ along with you as you progress. That might be your greatest lesson to us, Miss Sunnie!! Thank You!!

  3. Hi Sue and Alice!!! I’m so glad you are giving comments and helping me to think about parts of the rug!!!! : )

    I am still not really content with the border although I know I don’t like the dark black!!! Hmmm…there is something wrong but I’m not yet sure what!!! I need more “staring” time!!!!! LOL

    I’m thinkin’ about the suggestions…maybe I’ll try the center blend black on a section of the border (Sue & Jacque suggestion) instead of the dark black… I left a bit of the dark black just to keep looking at it. LOL

    (The brown/black blend looks better in person than in the photos…but even though my hooking group liked the brown/black and I like the softness, there is still something I’m not content with!!!! )

    What fun…I’m workin’ on it!!!!
    Happy Hooking!! Sunnie : )

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