I think I have finally come up with another answer for the question: How do you decide on your designs and motifs and colours for your hooked rugs?
I usually say, truthfully, that I am always experimenting so I start with part of a design or a colour I like … and then I hook and when I come to the end I stop!!! 🙂
But maybe a better answer…or at least more information!!…Is that my rug hooking is like a treasure hunt..!
I start with the first clue (which is a motif I like), go on to the next clue (a colour for that motif and the decision of a light or dark background) . Then I go into my wool room and look for the next clue… which would be a couple of colours that go with the first choice and see what I have for background that would be enough wool to use on that particular rug. (and, as you hear me say a lot (!!) I find more wool that will blend if I have made a mistake on how much background wool I will need)
If I have those clues to start the rug, that is enough for me! As I go along, I am always thinking about what will go with what I’ve done…and I am always open to ideas that I see in my art/rug/craft/fashion/etc/ books! Or that just pop into my head..! They give me other clues to lead to the final design.
I just realized that I rarely think about what the final result will be…! Why? Because I don’t know what it will be!! Unless I am doing a reproduction or a close adaptation of a design, I won’t know the result until I get to the “treasure”! To the finished rug! lol So I am not even thinking about the finished rug but the process to get me there!
On the Grumpy Lions…I didn’t know what I would do for borders at all until I had some of the center hooked. The freedom that I feel when I hook this way and the fun I have doing the hooking is what is important to me. When someone asks…”what if you don’t like the rug when it is finished?”… my answer is that I have never hooked a rug I didn’t like. If I have started something and am not happy or pleased, I change directions. It is just that simple. And I love to be surprised..!
I’m going to rest for a few days, see if I can get a good design for someone who has asked me about hooking a rug for her and then start my next “Mystery Rug”!
If I do what I think I will do (!!!) I believe this Mystery Rug will drive you nutty…and me too!!! This is NOT the rug I intended to hook next and is not the theme I was considering. By a roundabout way of thinking, I have a design in mind that is quite different than my usual work and if I actually do this one and you drop by from time to time to see what I am doing, I think you will be just as confused as I will be!!!!! 🙂
I can hardly wait…it will be quite an adventure for me!
Happy Hooking…I hope you are all enjoying life, your art and the weather!!! Sunnie 🙂