Hooray!!! I think I’ve got it!!! LOL
As you know, I’ve been dithering about the border for this rug. My first thought for the border was to use the black background…but I wasn’t satisfied with that. Then the brown/black gave me the softness I wanted but I agree with Sue that, especially on the photos…it looks rather “muddy” for a background…and doesn’t really “do” anything for the rug!!! I wanted drama for this design and the border seemed dull to me!!! : )
I wasn’t happy with the motifs in the border either…I disliked the “triangle trees” and adjusting the other things in the border for a larger cut wasn’t very satisfactory. I would get one thing a rather liked and then another that I didn’t care for!!! LOL I felt that the border was taking away from the rug center because it was so “scatty”!!! (Little “things here and there”!) : )
Last night I sat for a long time looking at the rug. It is just this kind of pondering that makes rug hooking so exciting and interesting for me!!!!! LOL I realized that I disliked the elephants in the border very much…even using the same wool as the larger elephant, I thought they looked more garish and took away from the center elephant!!!! I also was having difficulty redesigning the “leaves or ferns” that are rather a mess in the lower and upper borders. Because I was at first trying to keep the general idea of this design, I was trying to do the border with the original motifs. But I really didn’t like them!!! LOL
Because of this scrutiny (looking at each part of the rug, deciding what I like and what I don’t…what is working and what is not…what feeling and presence I want this rug to have) I decided that my whole “border approach” was what was wrong!!!! LOL
The redesigning of the center and my choice of doing this in a dramatic, folk art style made the outer border the wrong type of border for this rug. (In my opinion, of course!!!) LOL As I said before, if we visualize this rug in softer colours with the rug as a whole entity and not a center and a border, etc. we come up with a whole different look. The #3 cut with fine shading and delicate fronds, leaves, images, etc. would make this rug beautiful…in a totally different way than my interpretation!!!
I decided to look at this rug as though I had designed the center!!!! If it were my folk art pictorial design, what would I have designed for the border? When I looked at the rug like that…I had my answer. I would never have designed a border like this for this rug center!!!! So I grabbed the scissors and some notebook paper and started cutting out shapes and templates to fiddle with. I designed the border in a way I really like and that frames the center!!! Now, I just have to hook it…and, of course, reverse hook what I’ve already done!!! LOL
So now I have completely redesigned the border and am having a great time this morning working on it!!! LOL My mistakes in colours and redesigning in this border area have taught me some great lessons! : ) I wouldn’t have missed this for the world!!!! LOL
And awaaaaay we go!!!!!
I’ll post todays picture later this afternoon or evening!!!! What tremendous fun!!!!
Happy Hooking, Sunnie : )