I redid the leaves on the lower scroll today and started more of the “padula” flowers. Also, some of the antique black background and the little purple berries. I’ve really enjoyed making my own decisions on the motifs after choosing some of the colours used on Martha’s large rug! That’s why it would be difficult for me to have someone else “colour-plan” my rug!!! I’ve said before that I like to make my own mistakes and experiment. To me, this is one of the joys of rug hooking…but many wonderful rug hookers always have help in the colour-planning of their rugs and they love to do theirs that way!!! Aren’t we glad we have so many choices!!!! LOL
It’s really fun to see the rug coming along! I’m so glad I saw Martha’s rug in the Celebrations magazine!! I didn’t know it would be such fun for me! : )
Today, I worked on the gold leaf sprays, some black background and the leaves near the scroll. I have to redo the leaf that points down as it is too large and needs to be neatened up!!!! LOL Sometimes, the printed pattern is a little odd and sometimes I hook a little odd!!!!! I think this is a bit of both!!! But I’m making progress! : )
Hope you all had a Happy Easter Day!
Today I worked on some of the antique black background and the branches on the second half of the center. Again, I’m using the same wools in the circles (with the blue centers) but not in the same way or in the same order. This half is easier because I have my completed work on the first half to guide me!!!! : )
Can’t believe I had to dig myself out today just to go to the store!!!! LOL But the snow is still beautiful!! Especially with the sunshine! : )
I’m really happy today at how the rug is progressing!!! It’s such fun to enjoy each day of work and learn from your choices, successes and mistakes! : ) On something like this, I think it is important to have some motifs stand out a bit and others recede…and I want the center of the rug to be the focal point. You’ll notice that the green leaves in the smoky blue background are subdued because I want the small leaves in the center to be noticed too!!! That is why I am experimenting with the leaves in the large golden brown background border. I put a spot-dyed outline on one leaf to see what that does. I want them to enhance the whole rug and not be so bold that all you see is “big leaf border, big leaf border, big leaf border”!!! LOL
I’ll try a few more things with the border leaves before I decide what my favourite colours will be. I have to remember that there will be 20 leaves in these colours!!! Not just a few…and that makes a difference in my choices. : )
I love hanging a rug up and really looking at it for a long time! It helps me see anything that needs a little “fixing” and lets me enjoy the work that’s done. A photo does not show the beauty of the wool, as all of you who hook rugs, make quilts or do penny rugs know only too well! : )
Maybe it would help a bit if I said a bit about why I have chosen these particular colours. I liked many of the colours in the rug I saw in “Celebrations”, especially the antique black center, the blue-gray first border and the golden brown second border. Because my rug is smaller and doesn’t have all the scrolls, leaves and motifs of the large rug, I needed to decide what my flower and leaf colours would be to go with the colours I chose for backgrounds. Martha chose Pendleton plaid skirts for her scrolls that had a lot of browns in them. (I wanted golden scrolls…not bright though)
I also liked the orange and gold leaf sprays that were close to the scrolls in the large rug so I chose a multi gold stripe (as is) for the scrolls and a spot-dye orange for the outline of the leaf sprays.
Then a warm spot-dyed golden yellow for the inside of the leaves. Those were my starting colours and I knew I wanted reds and oranges, blues and rose pinks, dull and brighter golds, etc….all to have that “folk art or primitive” look. : )
As you can see, I have completed the blue flowers and the rose pink ones on each section of the center. They are not exactly the same but use almost all of the same wools.
Today, I didn’t have much time to hook…so I worked on a blue flower (on the left) and filled in some dark background! It’s really nice to do the background as you go and not wait until later to do it!
And now, a bit of Spring weather!!! LOL
This is what Spring looks like in Vermont!!!!!! Hmmmm! Huntin’ for those Easter Eggs is gonna be tough! LOL
I was looking at the rug today and decided to try out “big leaf” colours!! LOL
I finally decided to try out an antique gold spot wool for the leaves in the golden brown background. I tried several different golds, greens, etc. before the gold spot…putting a bit of wool in the leaf sections and standing back to get a good look at the effect.
Many of the colours I tried just were too “bold”! : ) Or they looked too “formal” for this primitive rug. I thought I’d do a couple more big leaves in the gold spot and live with them for awhile. that always helps me when I’m not exactly sure what I want!!! : )
Here is the closeup of the leaf colours.
I just about was unable to post today as we lost power for an hour or so. We didn’t know if we’d be in the dark until morning or not! LOL But, Hooray- power’s on again!! : )
Here we go with day 10. I went to Hooking group again today…so did get in several hours of hooking! And talking!!! LOL
I’m working on the second half of the inside section. It is surprising how long one scroll takes to do!!! : )
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