Day 7..and it’s still fun!!!!! : )
The second photo shows the golden brown colour better than this first one. The camera flash below makes it too gold! : )
Actually, the golden brown wool is a herringbone with a tiny green stripe in it. It has a greenish cast that I thought would be good with leaves. I’m trying to decide on the outer border…it could be a brown-black or the antique black of the center or??? : ) I believe Martha’s was the antique black of the center but I’ll look at the picture of her rug again.
A good way to check on colour is to fold strips of the wool you are considering and lay them out on the rug in the proper position. Sometimes you can tell right away what works!!! (Yes, Yes, Yes!! or Aaaaggghhh, No!) LOL
If I can’t tell right away, I hang the rug up, pin the strips of wool to the backing and look at it for a longer time. I also like to hook a little of the wool against the finished section just to see if I like it! I can always pull it out if I change my mind!!!!
Here is progress on Day 6! I’m really happy with the smoky blue background I chose for the first border background…it has an olive green stripe in it and I’m glad it does, even though I thought I wouldn’t use the strips with the stripe!!! LOL I like to put the green in from time to time as I think it adds more interest. I don’t think you can see it in the second rug picture…I’ll try a closeup and see if it shows! This rug is such fun!!!
I wish I could show you a picture of Martha’s 7′ by 9′ Bradley Primitive rug (my inspiration!!) in… A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs issue XIII…but copying the picture and posting it on the internet infringes upon Rug Hooking Magazine’s copyrighted material and I don’t do that kind of thing…but perhaps they have a picture on their website! Happy Friday! : )
I was asked about the “black” background on this rug and wanted to see if I could get a picture to show you the different wools used. I have used a black and green plaid, a black, brown and blue plaid, a dark green solid, a black solid and some dark odds and ends…and yet, it all looks black!!!!
Picture below lightened so you can see the colours in the background!
The real colours below! : )
I hope you can see the “antique black” background differences as the blended colours look just black when seen from farther away! : )
Today, I am trying to get an idea of what the borders will look like and I like to hook a bit to see what the effect is! I know I am going to have to dye (or buy!!!) wools for the large leaves in the first border (smoky blue) and the larger leaves in the 2nd border (golden brown). But it has been fun to use what I have here! : )
As you can see, I have chosen a dull golden brown for the second border (after the smoky blue one outside the antique black interior). In the rug I saw in the Celebrations magazine, the big leaves were a light golden-green-beige with pale orange accents on the golden brown background and, since the leaves are so large on this border, I think the golden brown background won’t become overpowering!!! : )
This rug is very primitive so I want to keep any clear, pure colours to a minimum. Of course, this rug could be hooked in a number of ways and in different colours…but I happen to like these. Also, being able to use “scraps and giblets” of wools in the flowers without being “matching” is really fun! LOL
I did manage to get quite a bit done at my hooking group! As I’ve said, any group or person that you can hook with has something to inspire you! You should see the beautiful rugs and mats that our group is hooking on…and the planning of future lovely rugs! We love the great books on antique hooked rugs and folk art that are out there too. They have a lot of ideas to inspire you !!! : )
I’m trying to decide if I want to dye some wool for the large leaves in the “first border”…(the smoky blue one outside the “antique blacks” center). If I do a dip-dye or casserole dye (from dark green to light) it might be a nice touch. Hmmmm…what to do! : ) I won’t be able to hook so fast for the next couple of days! Would you believe I have something else to do? LOL
One of the fun things about this rug is that you can put in little leftover “wool worms” that are similar colours and values…because this rug is a primitive. I’m not sure how old this pattern is. I ordered it on primitive linen and it is very easy to work on. I tend to hook my rows closer than some other primitive hookers, but if the rug steams flat at the end of my hooking, I feel it is fine.
I’m doing a little adjusting of the pattern where I think it needs it…but am staying pretty close to the printed image! Unusual for me!!! LOL
I am going “hooking” with the local hooking group today so hope I get a lot done!!! We really enjoy getting together and are inspired by the others…no matter what kind of rug hooking we do! : ) Beautiful day here in the Kingdom but still lots of snow!!!!!
This is Day 2…a very enjoyable rug to work on. I am using wool from my “stash” and not yet purchasing wool specifically for this rug. (I liked some of the colours used in the picture I saw… so I am using similar colours in some areas!)
Here is a close-up!
I’ll hook a little on the rug today but must do something else!!!! My paperwork needs filing, I should do some dusting, etc. etc.
You know how that is!!!! LOL Happy Monday!