New Hooked Rug – Day 10

Here we go with day 10.  I went to Hooking group again today…so did get in several hours of hooking!  And talking!!!  LOL

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I’m working on the second half of the inside section.  It is surprising how long one scroll takes to do!!!  : )

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Had a great time at my Hooking group…and did get some done!!!   Filling in some background doesn’t look like much…but I did get the scroll done!! LOL

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New Hooked Rug – Day 9

Today I was doing a very important thing, especially on a large rug such as this or larger.  You’ll note the zigzag red lines on the linen…I needed to be sure to do the stitching around this pattern before the rug got too heavy!!!!  Sometimes I wait until I finish the hooking on a chairpad or small rug to do the stitching because it is easy to hold and sew around a small piece.  But not so a large rug!!!!  LOL  : )  Now I am starting to “tweak” the colours …standing back and looking at the designs and seeing if some of the colours are too dull or too much the “same”.  Also, I reshape some of the designs if they don’t please me!  : )  If you look carefully at the “in progress” images from the first, you can see what I’ve changed or reshaped.  : )

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I was asked about a close-up of the plaid used for this leaf!  It is a large green plaid, outlined with a #6 cut of orange,  and I used the lighter stripe for one side and the darker (with another green added!)  : ) for the other side.  Then a spotted gold for the leaf veins.  The orange outline is allowed to sink into the background in places…unlike the antique rose strips around the 2 purple flowers.

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As you can see from the progress pictures, I sometimes use odd strips to hold my place (veins in unfinished leaf!) and then hook my finish colour so that it stands up a bit from the background of the leaf!!   Happy Monday!   : )

New Hooked Rug – Day 8

Today, I’m continuing around the rug and also working on the leaves in the smoky blue border.  I was thinking about dip-dying the leaves in this border from dark to light at the tips…but I tried one green I had and didn’t really like the result!!  It looked too “formal”, if you know what I mean.  Then I decided to try a mix of greens like the mixes in the smaller leaves but I didn’t care for that either.  The leaf looked too messy and I thought it took away from the smaller leaves!!!  LOL

  I happened to come across a large green plaid that I wouldn’t really have considered for these leaves…but I tried it using the lighter strips on one side and the darker on the other!    I like this leaf and it picks up the colours of the spray of light berries with the blue centers…but it is different from the other leaves.  I just need to change the leaf veins so they show up now as I just left the earlier experiments in place!  There are only four of these leaves, 2 on each side, and I want them to be subdued!!! 

I usually know just what I want…but on these leaves, I had to experiment!!! : )

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I’m also filling in spaces I’ve left and checking the underside for “holidays” so I don’t have to do that when the rug is bigger and heavier…so that doesn’t show a lot of progress!!!!!!!  LOL  Happy Sunday! : )

New Hooked Rug – Day 7

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!  : )

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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!!!!

New Hooked Rug – Day 6

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!!!

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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! : )

New Hooked Rug – Day 5 (extra)

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!

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The real colours below!  : )

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I hope you can see the “antique black” background differences as  the blended colours look just black when seen from farther away!  : )

New Hooked Rug-Day 5

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!  : )

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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