New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 2

Here we go…

Today I wanted to give you pictures of the dull wools I am using behind the motifs.  They may be dull…but I love using these wools because the small plaids give some motion and interest to the background that solid wools, in my opinion, do not.   🙂

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These both make wonderful primitive backgrounds and I think they give the impression of “nighttime” behind the Halloween figures without being dark blue, dark purple or black.

Besides hooking,   I also did some “marrying” of worms yesterday.   My friend Julia does this and recommends it for using leftover worms.    For instance, you can take several shades of  green (or red or blue, etc.) worms (some that have been hand-dyed) and soak them for 30 minutes in Dawn liquid soap and hot water.   The dyes will release from the wool and blend together.     Add a couple of “glugs” of vinegar (to set the colour) and simmer them for about 30 minutes.   Let them cool and then hang the worms up to dry.   You can then hook them in your rug and they will blend together well.   If you prefer not to deal with doing your own dying, this method works well.

So here is Progress on Day 2…things are moving along!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂

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Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist living and working in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I specialize in original Santas, witches and other folk characters and original hand-hooked wool rugs. We live a peaceful life here at Old Crow Farm and enjoy our retirement!

2 thoughts on “New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 2”

  1. Sunnie,,, ur mat looking great! Love the background, and the idea of marryjng worms,, have not done that for ages,,,, wil, do that again,, take care,,,,

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