New Hooked Rug – Day 24

Today, I decided to hook a little more on the outer border to see if I really like the choice of the antique black used in the center.  I thought at first it would be a good colour…but I’m not sure now!!  (We must not be afraid to change our minds if something doesn’t look quite right!!! )  And I have lots of wool for experimentation! LOL

 I have placed the rug on the floor and also hung it up and looked at it for awhile and I’m not sure the mixed black is correct for this small rug.   It might be too bold!!   But I love to experiment as you know (!!!) so I’ll try another colour (a Brown-black) to see if it makes a softer look, yet still makes a nice frame for the rest of the rug! 

I might use the smoky blue wool for the outside border…so I’ll experiment with that too!  Or even a deep green might do it!!!  LOL  What fun!


The black border below using the mix of blacks used in the center.  I think it may be too “black” …but I’ll have to live with it awhile and see!!!!  : )


And then the Brown-Black experiment below…


I know I’ll have to hook at least a corner here with the black/brown wool before I can really tell what I like.  As I’ve said before, sometimes what works on a very large rug is not the best on a smaller version.  I’ll live with my experiments awhile before choosing the final border.   Maybe one of these…maybe something else!!! : )


New Hooked Rug – Day 23

Here is day 23!!!  Do you notice how that gold flower in the smoky blue background (the one I changed/upper left) shows up a bit more with the “new” outline?  I just thought it needed to have a little more “zing”!!!!  LOL


Not a lot of time to hook today…but worked more on the large leaves and the golden brown background!  What fun! ; )

New Hooked Rug – Flowers, another Extra


As I said in my edit of my last post, because I chose the Antique spot-dye that I did for the large leaves in the golden brown border, I felt I needed to change this gold flower in the smoky blue border a bit so it was not so much the “same” as those large leaves!!!  I thought it needed something!!!   LOL 

You might be saying “She should have left that flower alone!!!”    So, my friends, when you do Your Bradley Primitive…you please yourself and do just wht YOU want!!!!  Hooray, that’s what’s fun!!!   LOL

 Here is the gold flower “Before”…


Here is the gold flower AFTER change…


Do you see why I did this?  And you see why I say that I like to be “unpredictable” in my choices?  I could have done just an orange outline or one colour outline on the flower I changed…but I like the primitive look better!!!!!  : )  You might have done it in an entirely different way which would have been terrific  and pleased you!!!  : )

 When I do my entry today, you’ll see how my change looks with the rest of the rug! LOL

New Hooked Rug – Day 22-EXTRA!


Extra Entry –  For those who have asked about the wools used and the technique of hooking flowers similar but not the same!!!!!!!  : )

Picture below…Large green plaid used for the large leaves in the smoky blue border!  Outlined by the dull orange as you can see from earlier pictures.  I cut the strips so that I used the darker strips for the one side of the leaf (with the addition of another as-is green, and the lighter strips for the other side of the leaf.


Picture below…Center scroll stripe, lightened to show the different colours in this wool…see the scrolls for how this wool hooks up!  (It looks gold-ish in the scrolls!!) : )


Also…closeup of flowers below showing how odds and ends of wools are used to make motifs less “predictable”!  See what is the same and what is different about these flowers.  : ) 

Picture of flowers on the right…


BELOW…Picture of flowers on the left…I will change some of this gold flower outline as… since I made my choice of the spot-dyed wool for the large leaves in the golden brown border…the gold flower now looks a bit “same as-same as” theose leaves!!  LOL  Do you see that too?


I hope this answers some questions and helps a bit!!!!!  : )  I’ll do todays’s entry (Day 23) later in the day!   Enjoy!!!


More leaf and golden brown background today!  : )


I love this rug more and more as it progresses!!!

Happy Sunday!  : )

New Hooked Rug – Day 21

Photo Just Added! – Answer to a request to photograph the rug outside!!!  This photo below is in natural sunlight!



It’s been really an extra joy to work on this now that the outer leaf colour has been chosen!!!   Since all the major colour choices have been made, it is easier to look at the other motifs and see if I need to change a bit of wool here and there to tie the borders in with the center…or if all is OK!

Even though I usually have a “vision” of the completed rug when I start one,  I never really know how the colours I’ve chosen will work together!  LOL  I think I know…but it is sometimes a real surprise!!!!  : )



I thought I’d work more on the leaves in the golden brown border for awhile and then go back to the black background and some of the smoky blue border!!  : )

Happy Saturday!!!  : )

New Hooked Rug – Day 20

Hooray!!!!  I’m so happy with my outer leaf hand-dyed wool choices!!!!  : )  Although the leaves look a little “washed out” in this closeup picture (flash) they really have a lovely mottled colour and the blends go with the rest of the rug motifs that have an “Autumn” feel, at least to me!!!!!  LOL  The colours are deeper and richer than the pictures show. 

I wanted the leaves to look like they were “dancing in the breeze”…perhaps on a lovely Fall day!  : )


My flash makes these pictures a bit brighter than the wool actually is!!  We are having another lovely snowstorm today so the light is pretty poor!!!! : )


The regular Antique Gold Spot is done over gray wool. I had a half-yard of it at home and ordered another yard asking that it be dyed over beige with more yellow dye.  Because I had looked at my “leaf experiment” for several days, both with a narrow orange outline and a brighter #8 cut orange spot-dye outline, I decided that I didn’t want an “outline” as such.  The brighter spot dye seemed to draw too much attention to the individual leaves…and as I said before, I wanted the leaf border to be attractive but not take over the rug!!!!    LOL

So I decided that the more yellow/gold strips of the AGSpot would be used for the outline and the greener, grayish, dull yellow strips would be used for the inside of the leaf…with a few odds and ends of other wools thrown in.  Also, I did not want the veins to “match” on any of the leaves…just random.    This left me free to use leftover wool “worms” here and there in the veins and leaves, even if they were colours not used in other parts of the rug. 

This is the Antique Gold Spot from Phyllis at Winterberry Cabin.


Sometimes it is not the beauty of the wool when it is dyed in yardage, but the effect it gives when cut into strips and hooked!!!  (I learned that rather early in my rug hooking because one of my “ugliest” hand-dyed pieces made a beautiful green lawn on one of my country scene rugs!!!)  LOL  I loved it hooked up!!!!  : )

I’m so pleased with how this rug is turning out!!!  It’s such fun to see it come alive with both hand-dyed and as-is wools…and I’m having a great time while the snow is drifting outside and all is peaceful and quiet.

New Hooked Rug – Day 19

I’m almost finished with the center!  And then for the blue border!!!  Hooray!  : )

(As you can see, I’m using the light blue leaf veins at first so I can put the correct colour in later. )


I may fiddle with the leaves a bit more!!  LOLbradleyclose19.jpg 

It’s really nice to see the rug actually looking more like a rug these days!!!  LOL