Hooray! I am getting close to the finish of this 24 x 24 inch piece! 🙂
I’ve enjoyed this experiment because of the interesting colour problems and successes that have gone along with it. The border “leaf-basketball-blob” problem has been solved and I think it shows off the center of the rug better than my earlier idea.
Sometimes it works beautifully to put a touch of the center colour(s) in the border…but it did not do well on this top border!!!!!
There is still an optical illusion going on with the top border…but it is rather “creepy” and that goes along with the rug’s theme!
You will see that I am putting colours in the right hand border to balance the left side of the rug… so we will see how they do there. It is easy to change colour in simple shapes when needed.
Since I am going to give you a picture of 1/3 of the rug today, you will know immediately that this is…a Halloween Rug!!!!! (I know you are saying “oh, no…not again!!!) …lol… but tomorrow I will explain how this rug came to be a Halloween piece and Not the design I had started out to draw!
The top border design was papercutting and, when I put the paper on the border to try it out, I immediately thought that, if hooked in black wool, the shapes looked like bats. Then, I thought putting a bit of the bright colour(s) in a “leaf shape” in the center would be a nice touch…but it wasn’t…! 🙂
I have had a great time with colours on this piece…tomorrow’s post will show the quieter, dull colours on another 1/3 of the rug.
Here is Progress on Day 10…I’ve had so much fun with this one!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Always enjoy reading your comments about rug hooking or the fiber art and folk art that you do! Also painting, quilting, collage…etc. We all learn from each other and tips or advice about you use colours, etc. are always welcome! 🙂
Today is another colour “blooper”!!! …lol… I like to show you errors from time to time because if you hook experimentally like I do, then you know that an experiment might not work right…!!!! 🙂
Here is another photo today showing a colour that had unintended consequences!!! If you notice the “kinda-leaf-like” (a technical term!!!!!!!) motif in the border center, you’ll see that it has a deep, dull wine colour inside the dark blue veins. Now that would probably be OK with that rust background…but when I sit back and look at the rug now, the shape and the wine colour (especially at night) it doesn’t look leaf-like at all but more like part of a misshapen basketball…! 🙂
So I will make a change there, even though it is not a very important part of the border. It looks funny to me so I will do as you probably do with any mistakes you make…change it so it looks better. I’ll try some bright and some dull colours.
Background is moving more into the mottled purple as I get to the right hand side of the rug.
Here is Progress on Day 9…not a lot of time yesterday to work…and I’m doing more outside work today but should have some hooking time later on…I’ll need the rest…!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Today I want to show you what happens when you have an idea that does not work out very well. 🙂 This is why I try out a colour on a small area before going forward with an entire motif, background or border! That saves a lot of “reverse hooking”!!!!!!!
Also, as you know, sometimes there are optical illusions that you don’t know about until you hook something and then sit back and look at it… and we all can see that illusion differently. (If you remember some of the pictures that have two faces looking at each other but there is also a “vase” that can show between them in the dark space.)
To me, this is what happened with my upper border experiment. I am using the rust colour in other parts of the rug so I tried the rust in the border. However, I wanted the black curved shapes to stand out to make the border design…and just use the rust as background. It looked fine up close as I was hooking a small section to try. But when I sat back to look at it, the rust background was what I saw first…! And my eye continued to jump between the rust and the black…!
Now there may be rugs in which I want the background to jump out at you, but this is not one of them!!!! 🙂
Sometimes, using a brighter colour in the border compliments the brighter colours in the rug…but it did not work this time. So I looked in my wools for something “bland” that would go in the border background. After all, if I am wanting the border to contain and focus on the important center of the rug, it needs to be secondary to the center.
So here is my solution…I kept the rust line between the center and the border and found a lighter blue that echos a similar colour in the mottled center background. There is still a bit of illusion between the black and the blue but it is less “jumpy” than with the rust. 🙂
Here is Progress on Day 8…and here is the difference in the border colours. I hope you are having a delightful weekend with lots of summer fun!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Quick post today!
I am working on a different part of the rug and the colour change to dull makes me think I am working on a primitive!!!! 🙂
Many years ago, I used to work mostly on primitive designs with a #8 cut…and now that cut seems very very wide!!!!! …lol… Even a #6 can seem wide after working with #4 and 5 for awhile.
So here is Progress on Day 7…we’ll see if the bright and then duller and then some bright again actually works! Hope you are having fun with whatever you are doing! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed the Holiday long weekend…!!! 🙂
This week did not go as planned (!!!) as too much “life” kept me busy and not hooking! But I did finally get in some hooking time for today’s post and I am having a lot of fun with this rug!!!
I worked on another section of the rug and got to use some more bright colours!
I am experimenting with bright and then duller colours as I go from left to right on this piece. Also experimenting with “focus”…deciding just where the viewer should look first…what is most important…! With so many bright colours, it can be hard to get the eye to zip right to the most important part of the rug. So I try to get that part to stand out.
One of the reasons I enjoy the experimenting so much is that I always learn something in the process. I keep saying that I like to be surprised at how the rug turns out…and that is true. I prefer that to knowing exactly where I am going on my hooking journey. 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 6…left hand side of the rug is almost finished. Just one more motif to show for later on. These leaves are lots of fun to hook…and I like working with the dark and darker blue wools for the background…!!!!! I have cut some paper to draw around for the upper border. I think it will work, but who knows? (only the Shadow knows!!!) …lol…
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Yesterday, I decided to rearrange my hooking room (!!!) on a whim!!!!! …lol…
So my usually “tidy” home changed in a short time to one with piles of “stuff” and furniture in the hallway, bathrooms, etc. Now, I need to clean it all up once again!!!! So I’ve been busy! 🙂
However, I still managed to get some hooking done for today’s post…! This is a really fun rug to do so you can picture me sitting in a room that is completely chaotic quietly hooking away for short periods of time in between shoving furniture around and carrying around piles of “stuff”!
So here is Progress on Day 5…Happy 4th of July …..Happy Canada Day…and Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I am finding all kinds of bright wools in my stash and in the leftover bins too! I am trying to use small pieces of wool or leftover woolworms as much as possible but I’m cutting some new wool too!!!! 🙂
It’s fun to go around the rug and try out colours…I have only had to take a couple of leaf “interiors” out and replace them with a different colour to make them fit in better.
So I am hooking along…today, our temps have gone down so I did some gardening this morning. But yesterday it was 101 outside and my back porch room was hotter than that (!!!) so I stayed in and just took it easy!
So here is Progress on Day 4…more fun colours!!!
Thank you for coming along on these adventures with me! I appreciate your “likes” and comments too! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂