Always enjoy reading your comments about rug hooking or the fiber art and folk art that you do! Also painting, quilting, collage…etc. We all learn from each other and tips or advice about you use colours, etc. are always welcome! 🙂
Today is another colour “blooper”!!! …lol… I like to show you errors from time to time because if you hook experimentally like I do, then you know that an experiment might not work right…!!!! 🙂
Here is another photo today showing a colour that had unintended consequences!!! If you notice the “kinda-leaf-like” (a technical term!!!!!!!) motif in the border center, you’ll see that it has a deep, dull wine colour inside the dark blue veins. Now that would probably be OK with that rust background…but when I sit back and look at the rug now, the shape and the wine colour (especially at night) it doesn’t look leaf-like at all but more like part of a misshapen basketball…! 🙂
So I will make a change there, even though it is not a very important part of the border. It looks funny to me so I will do as you probably do with any mistakes you make…change it so it looks better. I’ll try some bright and some dull colours.
Background is moving more into the mottled purple as I get to the right hand side of the rug.
Here is Progress on Day 9…not a lot of time yesterday to work…and I’m doing more outside work today but should have some hooking time later on…I’ll need the rest…!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooking more background but I was able to hook a couple more motifs today! 🙂
I think the lighter green will do fine…if it fades a bit into the background…that’s OK! It will just look a bit “wispy”! …lol…
These two tulips are not outlined either. I wanted to outline the three tulips on the right side of the piece to add “weight” and make them stand out a little more against the background. These other three, without outlining, are an experiment. 🙂
As for more about the story behind the rug…how many times have we become confused about directions that someone has given us in a hurry and found ourselves not finding “the place” without some mistakes! We may have given directions and instructions in error ourselves!!!!!
Sometimes the mistakes may be quite funny too, such as joining the wrong “Family Reunion” at the park because you see someone who “looks” like your Uncle Fred…! (But he isn’t..!)
So here is Progress on Day 13…I’m about 2/3rds done at this point. Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Whew!!! I think I am getting too old for doing multiple things at one time….. like Mystery rug hooking, house prep for electrical work, hooking 3 Challenge pieces and organizing 3 rooms and my garage!!!!!!!
With my luck, I’ll be asked to host a dinner for 75 people who will not even fit into my small cottage home (maybe a dinner for 4…yes?)!!!!! …lol…
However, I have finally 2 pictures for you that are not just straight row border hooking or background hooking!!! 🙂 I decided to do “twig” initials!
So here we go on Days 16 and 17…the left side of the rug and the bottom also. I hope you are having fun whatever you are doing today!!!!
Hooray! I actually finished off the center top of the rug!
This part took a long time, first because I had to design it and second because I used an absolutely beautiful wool for the background that was difficult to hook…!!!! Almost every loop was inclined to ravel so it was slow going. I wanted to use it to get rid of it and had just enough wool to complete it with a little creative designing! 🙂
Below is the wool:
I wanted to have a small transition from the main background plaid to this remnant wool for the upper background. I am happy with how it looks but weary of the raveling…!!!!!! But it is used up now! I had 4 strips left over…that was all.
You can see the transition from the main background under the Welcome sign to the new background above the Welcome in the photo below.
So here is Progress on Day 15… I wanted to use some of the same colours as in the lower part of the rug but add a little difference too. The Welcome sign and this “decoration” above it reminded me of metalwork art…and looks vaguely “odd”!
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I’m hooking right along with this rug and still enjoying the colours I am using!!!
Today’s photo is of the lower right of the rug…I will post a picture of the rug’s right side tomorrow…because of the length of the rug, you get a small long narrow photo when I try to show the whole section I’ve hooked!!! The small photos don’t show the motifs very well…so today’s picture is a closer look.
As you know, I do a lot of pinning my rugs up on a “viewing board” and look at them from a distance. That really helps me when I am choosing colours based upon what I have already hooked. If I make a mistake in my choice of the next wool, I can see the mistake immediately!!! Sometimes, up close, everything looks fine…but farther away, the colour might be too bright or fade into the background too much, etc.
I don’t really have a “vision” in my mind of the finished rug when I start…but for me, that’s not necessary! I like to be surprised at the finish…! 🙂
So here is Progress on days 7-8…I wanted to finish up the part of the rug I was working on over the weekend to make a better picture. Even with a lot of motifs, there is still a lot of background (!!!!) and the background shows the motifs better than the blank linen.
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Didn’t have a lot of time to hook today but did get in about an hour and a half…!
Still working on the right side of the rug from almost the top to the bottom. This design is very enjoyable, especially because of the cold temps outside. I’m glad to be inside hooking with wool…!
Those darker leaves shown in yesterday’s post are done with individual strips of several colours. The new ones below them are done with a dip-dyed wool that goes from the deeper blue-green colour to the light green. I wanted some changes in the leaves. And, of course, doing more background. 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 6…
Happy Hooking! Sunnie :)
Got some more done for today’s post… Hooray! 🙂
I am really happy with the motif colours I get to use on this piece so far!!!!! For me…nothing is more fun than experimenting with wool colours!!! 🙂
And I am happy so far with the background-border colours. These two are simply mill-dyed plaids right off the bolt. No overdye! I got used to using off-the-bolt plaids and buying hand-dyed wool from others after moving to the West coast into an apartment. At home in Vermont, I dyed a lot of my own wool…but living in an apartment where a dye mistake could mean paying for a whole new kitchen stopped me there!!! Yeeks! (I think I did “marry” some worms but that was it.)
Now, I have a lot of wool so I use mostly what I have with plaid purchases from time to time for backgrounds!!! I’ll get back into the dye pots again while I’m here in my own home!
Here is the wool I am using for the center background… (to me, it looks “warm”)
Now the border wool (to me, it looks “cool”) is shown at the top of my progress on Day 2…you can see how it is hooking up in the border. Since the plaid had some colours I am using in the design, I thought it might work…! I’ll be able to tell better after I have done more on the rug and a bit more on the border…we’ll see if I keep it.
……….Happy New Year and Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂