(Before I start today’s post I have to say that my heart is so sad today for all those families dealing with another act of violence and hate in our country. I have friends and family members from many different backgrounds and beliefs and I treasure them all.)
I have come to another tricky part of this rug! The blue wools at the bottom of the rug need to anchor the space but not compete so much with the blue flowers that they take attention away from them. The center design, the blue flowers and background in the center area of the rug need to be the first focus…the top and bottom of the rug need to be strong but not too “showy”.
This means that I have to test blues as some wools look fine until they are hooked…then they don’t look right when I stand back and look at the whole rug design. I was going to use several wools in a curvy pattern for the pond ripples but found out that it was just too much contrast. So I am using 2 wools-one mottled wool for the top and a little darker, less mottled one for the rug bottom.
The fraktur-style fish are tricky too as they need to stand out a bit from the water but not draw undue attention to themselves!!!!! These decisions are what makes rug hooking such fun for me!!!!! I never know just how my finished rug will look…and each one is a surprise because I don’t colour-plan my rugs in advance. I’ve said before that I pick out a couple of colours I like and decide on either a dark or a light background. For this rug, I could have chosen any cream/tan plaid that was rather subdued but I wanted to try out this plaid. So I designed my rug to go on this background.
I want to show you what I mean about a colour standing out a little too much. When I first hooked this fish Head, I used a lavender wool that looked fine in the light of my studio room. However, when I took a photo of the “in-progress” rug and placed that photo on my computer desktop background, the lavender looked much brighter!!!! Looking at the whole rug, I felt that the head stood out too much…so I took it out and rehooked it with other wools. Here is a photo of the two fish…
Now you might think that the fish Tail is too bright (if I am going to be picky!!!!!!!)…but I am keeping that in until I get more hooking done. It may work, it may not…but I will wait to see until later. 🙂
I do recommend that, if colour is important to you, that you take photos and put them on your computer as well as changing rooms to look at the work in a different light. I know that helps me as I have a lot of glare in my hooking room. I have not yet purchased blinds to adjust that glare so I deal with it by changing rooms and taking photos!
I hope those of you who want to step out of your comfort zone for a bit won’t be afraid to try taking ideas and inspiration from a lot of different sources and gathering them together in a hooked piece! It really is fun!!!!! 🙂 Maybe an art deco design with a Pennsylvania dutch fraktur, a tree from a vintage Christmas postcard and a bird drawing from an antique children’s book. Or a motif from a carved wooden chest put together with a design from an antique sampler, a deer from an old tapestry, a little dog from a 17th century painting and an illustration from a vintage butterfly book.
I must stop with the suggestions…they are giving me too many ideas and I need to finish this rug!!!!! …lol…
So here is Progress on day 11…I hope whatever you are hooking (or gardening or vacationing, etc.) is going well..! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂