I’m having more and more fun every day with this one! 🙂
I like to say that my drawn “patterns” on the linen backing are just pattern “suggestions”…and not written-in-stone designs. For instance, I drew a small pattern in the right and left borders, but now that I am working on the center on the rug and going up one side, the border motifs are unnecessary because of the “strength” of the motifs I am hooking in the center.
Also, I cut several leaf shapes out of paper and pinned them to the backing (I clothespin my backing to a board so I can sit back and look at it from a distance). I had first decided that the leaves around the center of the rug would be rather “flowy, wispy, wavy” leaves…drooping in and over the main figures. But as so often happens, I came to feel that larger, chunkier, bigger leaves would be better…so I just drew over the “wispys” and made the leaves you are seeing in these photos! Now it would be perfectly fine to have used the wispy, droopy leaves…but I thought the larger ones fit in this rug. I can’t explain why…I just Know they are better for this rug!!! 🙂
As you know, part of my enjoyment is presenting things in a way that is the opposite of what would be “normal”!! (No one has accused Me of being “normal”!!) lol For instance, if I were designing a ballerina, I might have her very slim and willowy in a beautiful costume but have her wearing ballet shoes that look like army boots. Large, clunky shoes with the laces tied up her legs just like the lovely ballet shoes we wore for dancing “on pointe”. Now you are thinking…” why would anyone in their right mind do a thing like that?” If I found it funny and enjoyable to hook…and if someone else also got a laugh out of it…that’s good enough for me!!! I remember those ballet classes…I enjoyed them and all the dancing classes I took as a young girl. Great fun!
I am off to a “hook-In” today so will be having a wonderful time I am sure!
Here is Progress on Day 5…