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 🙂
“It was a time of dreaming. And fantasy danced with reality to an unheard song.”
Here is Progress on Day 9…More background filled in and I am taking the picture with the light on the rug so you can see the background colours better.
In regular light, the background changes are noticeable but the deep blue of the sky blends into the black and the dark green wools put in here and there. I am enjoying the colour experiments…it’s fun to see what the wools do when hooked close to each other.
For tomorrow,, I will concentrate on the right side border and see if I can get more done. I am also gathering several of my rugs together that need the edges finished so I will be working on that too!!! It’s time I get a few of those rug s done.
I hope you are all safe and well…hearing about the floods, the fires and the storms across the country is scary. We will be having some high temps here for a few days but we can deal with that.
So here is Day 9…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray…coming right along! I had the rug hooking ladies over yesterday and we had a good time. We welcomed a new member and she had hooked a great piece with yarn. I always enjoy the work that the “yarn” hookers and punch needle people do. I have only used wool strips so I don’t have wide experience with a lot of different techniques! But I am happy…being set in my ways!!!!!! 🙂
I did have some more time to do background above and in the banner too. I tried larger letters when I first did the banner but they were too dominant…so I did thinner and less obtrusive ones and I like it better. I wanted to celebrate the entire month of October so the friends are celebrating both Autumn and Halloween.
My woolworm stocks are getting a little smaller!!!!!!!
So…here we go on Day 5…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray…I finally got the pond and second fish finished after about 6 hours of hooking!!!!! Whew! 🙂
But I am happy with my choices of blues for that pond. As I said, the blues could be overwhelming so I tried to keep to the dyed lighter blue for the top part and a couple of blues for the pond bottom. I stuck in a few strips of the “flower blues” and put a few lighter strips in under the fish for just a little highlight.
The bottom part of the rug is finished so I will go up the right side now and fill in little parts of the center as I go. You will notice that the right side flowers are larger and fewer than on the left side…I am experimenting. And…because I can’t leave anything alone (!!!!!) I made one large flower with 6 petals instead of five! Remember, I am always asking myself…”What if I do this or do that…I wonder what that would look like.”
I am thinking now about the top of the rug. Both the top and bottom are motifs that are found in ancient and modern folk art and I am trying to think about an unusual and interesting way to finish the top. However, just as in other parts of the rug, it can’t be Too interesting or it will take away from the center motifs!!!!!!! (Yeeeeks!)
I also am happy with the fish. I think they are colourful without being “standouts”…and I used the tail pink wool in a couple of dots in other parts of the rug.
So here is Progress on Day 15…I am making good time but that is a Lot of background as well as fairly large motifs to hook. Hope you are doing well and enjoying whatever brings you happiness and serenity too. Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray…I’m zipping right along with my hooking! I’m trying to do a bit of gardening and yard-tidying too while the weather is cool. I just can’t work outside on a hot day…and I think my allergies bother me more when combined with heat. (Or it could be that I’m just wimpy!!!!!!!) 🙂
It’s always fun when you are working on something you really like…and this experiment is coming along and looking just the way I want it for the story I am telling myself. (You know that I tell myself stories about the theme of a lot of my rugs…yes???)
As a child I had a very creative imagination which worried my father a little (I was his first child…and my brother did not come along until 6 years later!). Mother told me (when I was an adult) that when I was about 2 or so, Dad came home from work and found me sitting under the dining table rowing an imaginary boat and talking to the imaginary “people” on the boat with me about our destination and how we all needed to work together on our journey. Mom said he came into the kitchen and asked her “Are you sure she’s alright?” Mom just laughed and told him not to worry, I was fine. ( I wonder if my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would agree with Mom!!!!!) 🙂
I have always had a sense of humor and loved plays on words too. I learned to read long before entering kindergarten so part of my early years of reading fairy tales, etc. probably encouraged my love of stories! (I’ve always loved a touch of silliness too!!)
So here we go on Day 8…tomorrow I think I will have most of the left side of the rug finished – flowers, leaves and background. So I will have the top, bottom and the right side to do as well as finish some in the center. From these pictures I’m showing you it looks like a large red slug in a garden…but that isn’t it…!!!!! …lol… Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I’m so glad I have a covered board to clothespin my “rug-in-progress” to so that I can sit back and look at it from a distance!!!
Today I have been trying to find the right colour for a motif and several that I tried did Not work! I finally redesigned a part of the motif so that it worked better and seemed right…and that finally worked!!! Whew! Now it might not look very impressive to you…but the photo with the star is the result of my 2-hour struggle. I hooked colours in, took them out, draped different wools over the top of the rug and looked at them, tried another, etc. Finally found colours that worked and did what I wanted them to do in that space!!!!! Hooray!!! 🙂
The second photo shows the addition of the strange colour combination of the rusty reds and then several purples are added. I am hoping that, when everything is done, it will look good…but that is a hope, not a fact…..!!!!!
So…here is Progress on Day 7…I’m still pondering another area of the rug where it will be a little tricky with the colours, but all will become clear in good time (I hope!!!)
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
This section was tricky to work on! 🙂
I didn’t have a good idea of what I needed to fill in the petal-shape…it is large and I didn’t want it to draw too much attention to itself, but it did need to stand out some…because of it’s location! Just filling it in with one colour wouldn’t work and to many contrasting stripes (like the fish) wouldn’t look quite right either. So I decided to work it with stripes close in value, with some dark and a little light touch at the tip! We will see if it works well with the rest of the rug…I’ll sit and stare at it for awhile!!! …lol…
As I’ve said before…with a rug hooked in this “design-as-you-go” manner, the simplest way to work is just to start a section and then make the next section fit in with the first and so on. If you sit back and look at the entire rug from time to time as you work, you’ll immediately see something that doesn’t fit. With my blues, I can pull out the few strips I’ve tried and replace them easily. Then used the “rejects” (!!!) in another part of the rug!!!
So…here is Progress on Day 26…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂