I did get some work done on my rug for today’s post as I stayed inside for most of the really HOT day!!!!! 🙂
Again, because of the experimentation, I have to stop and look at the piece from a distance to know where to place the leaf colours! I’m using as many bright colours as I can but I will see if it makes the piece too “busy”!!!!!
Today, I am introducing the 3 “characters” that will be featured on this rug.…………#1 is very determined, strong willed, forceful and very much “in charge”!…………………#2 is timid, a little scared and has a fear of heights!………………..#3 is nervous and worried, always afraid of fire and of excess weight..!
Now with that introduction, I am sure you are thinking that I am describing my family members, portraying myself and a couple of my children (!) or am confessing to having a more disordered brain than you have always thought (!!!!!)…but, of course, you now know just what I am hooking—right? …lol…
So here is Progress on Day 3…Stay cool (or warm) wherever you are…and Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
This is really fun!!!!! 🙂
I like using the bright colours for the leaves and then figuring out what wool strips to use to fill them in!!! Yes, I know that those 2 little green leaves don’t “go” with the rest…but I wanted to try little green leaves here and there. If they don’t work out, I can always change them!!!!!!!!! After all, rug hooking is very forgiving when you want to make changes. 🙂
There are little piles of wool all over the hooking room floor now so I can see what wild colours will look good with the blue background! Also, I can use some leftovers here too. I am using mostly #4 and #5 cut strips but will throw in (!!) a #3 and a #6 here and there…especially if it is a leftover woolworm.
I need to be sure the transition from that dark blue to the blue and purple mottled wool works as I go across the rug. I’ll have to adjust things when I get more motifs and background hooked. With all the backing showing it is hard to see just what a few strips here and there will actually look like once all is finished.
So here is Progress on Day 2…the heat is starting to rise today so I will do a little outside this morning and then stay inside during the heat of the day and evening. I can pretend to do a little cleaning, etc….lol…but then tell myself that I am “so tired” from all that exertion and just sit down and hook!!!!!!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Well…here we go again!!!!
I was happily working on designs for my next rug (and thinking about more 12 x 12 inch mats ) when the idea for this 24 x 24 inch piece just popped into my mind!!!!
I needed a dose of silliness and this will do it…!!! …lol…
It was actually sparked by a couple of dark blue hand-dyed wools and a couple of motifs that I thought would be fun to use! 🙂 The inspiration for this piece is an antique card, a part of a vintage book cover, my own drawings, some paper cutting and a desire to experiment once again with several colour ideas!!!!
I will be starting from left to right with several dark blue solids and plaids and working my way over the rug (and upward too) to the right side being a mix of hand-dyed blues and purples.
The design has a silly theme and I will be trying to see if I can use some “interesting” colours and not get the colour themes too confusing!!!! (for me AND for you!!!!!) 🙂
However, as my husband Joe used to say when I announced that we were having an “interesting” experiment for dinner….”Good luck to us both!!!” 🙂 🙂
Here is Progress on Day 1…Happy Hooking, and Happy Summer to everyone! Sunnie 🙂
I finished the rest of “The Rooster and the Rose” today…it was great fun!
As I said, I used cut paper for the rose and some of the grass and flower “patterns” and just drew around them. I just sketched the rooster, a favourite theme in old fraktur and sampler images and added little bits as I went along.
The Rooster really looks like he is up to something…that little smile means there is mischief afoot…!!! …lol…
I think I’ll make this into a pillow and will show another picture here when it is finished. Now to decide on my next 12 x 12…I have a couple of ideas for that but just have to settle on something.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Happy Hooking! It is raining today so no outside work…more time to design more rugs!!! Here is Finished Project on Day 5… Sunnie 🙂
Hooray! I accomplished the “rose” for today’s post. 🙂
The weather has been a bit crazy lately…rain and cold, like the start of Spring days, and then heating up to Summer temps! I am still running outside for a bit to work, then when the rain starts, I run back into the house. I still feel like I am living a “cuckoo clock” life!!!!!!! …lol…
But…I did get some hooking done…and the rose was fun to do! For those who say they “can’t draw”…for the rose I just cut some paper in a rather angled circle, drew around it on the backing and then added a wavy line around it all. Then, I just drew a rather “squared off” spiral for the center and hooked it in 3 colours! That did not take much talent on my part…!!!!! 🙂 And now that the rose is done, those lower “flowers” look even goofier than they did before!!!!!! (they look a little drunk)
Now I realize that the “bud” does not look like it will turn into a rose of that colour (!!!) but that, as they say, is another matter altogether!!!!!
Not being a “real” gardener, I don’t know if this is a floribunda or a grandiflora or a hybrid tea rose (well, really a padula!!!!!) but I DO know I did not put any thorns on it. I am the owner of a garden where some of the roses have been here for a long time. They are beautiful and some of them have a heavenly fragrance, but they have large and wicked thorns. The scratches on my hands and arms attest to that…!!! Even when I put on gloves, the thorns catch me somewhere. (Roses are sneaky) 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 4…Happy Hooking! (and watch out for roses!!!!!) Sunnie 🙂
12 x 12 inch pieces go so quickly, I hope you will try this size for a fun mat or pillow, etc. 🙂
I hope to finish the hooking on this one in a couple of days. I am happy with the colours and will remember them when I design a larger rug.
Here is the Pendleton plaid I am using for the background:
And the plaid I am using for the rooster body:
As you can see, I am working on this from the bottom up…and I am liking the leaf shapes. I might use that shape again…and they are easy to cut out of paper and just draw around for a quick pattern!!!
Here is the Progress for Day 3…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I couldn’t believe that this blog program has “protected” me from over 18,000 Spam comments!!!! I still have a few “spams” that come through and most of them are simply disjointed comments that have nothing to do with rug hooking or crafts of any kind.
I still have trouble understanding why anyone would spend time sending comments that make no sense or advertising comments to people who have Blogs about their homes and gardens, their art or craft projects or their families. After all, they could be hooking or painting or embroidering or woodcarving…etc. with that time!!!!! 🙂
And now…On to “The Rooster and the Rose”….
As I’ve said, I am using this as an experiment with the background plaid and also with the limited colour choices. Rather soft, primitive colours and lots of leftovers!!! (that “S” kinda looks like a worm!) 🙂
So here is Day 2 Progress…that tan I am using for the rooster body is a plaid also, and a couple of the green strips are plaids. Cutting the paper leaves was fun and the “lollipop flowers” look a bit weird…and I like that. Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂