I’m coming along fine with my rug…and enjoying every minute!!! That’s the way I like to hook…no stress, no worries…but there is an explanation for that state of mind. 🙂
When I say that I “don’t plan” a rug…I am speaking about the final design and the colour plan of the piece. But, of course, there are some things I do automatically to give myself a good experience with each rug!
I choose the backing…I always use linen burlap these days.
I choose the size or I give myself size options.
I run two lines of machine zigzag stitch to keep the backing from raveling when I cut the extra away at the finish and bind the rug.
I decide if the background will be light or dark.
I choose the background wool, making sure that I have more than enough to finish the rug… AND I choose another wool close to my background colour in case I have made a mistake in how much wool it will take! By doing this, I never worry about not having enough background wool to finish a piece! I can blend in wool close in value and still have the background read as a “solid”…and NOT a wormy background that would compete with my motifs for attention! (unless I want it to do so!!!) LOL
I do choose a colour to start with on a main motif…like the Lions on this rug. I chose shades of gold! And then, I am on my way!
When I am transferring the pattern (on my light table) I am already tweaking the design…and that goes on as I hook. Sometimes the final rug looks quite different from my first vision…and I don’t limit myself. If I decide to put a frog where I had drawn a tomato before…I just sketch it and do it…!!! No “rug police” are going to come after me!!! LOL
When I first started hooking and read posts online (8 or 9 years ago) I was sad to read how many rug hookers said that they felt frustrated or stressed when they hooked.
They worried about colours (were they “right). They worried about having enough wool. They worried that not everyone would like their work. They felt intimidated by teachers or others who had more experience! And on and on!!! One lady said that she was never satisfied with anything she ever hooked..!!! Perhaps I am a little odd (!!!) but I think if I had a hobby or an activity that caused me so much disappointment, frustration and stress, I would find something else to do!!! LOL Thankfully, we seem to rest easier these days and I mostly find positive comments of enjoyment with their hooking from my circle of hooking friends!!
The lecture is over!!!!! (There will NOT be a test..!!! ) LOL
(By the way…did you notice the change in background wool on a part of this rug photo?)LOL
Here is my Progress on Day 10…and I hope you are all enjoying whatever art you are doing at this time!
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂