I am really happy that my Fraktur piece is done and I must admit, once the light went on there was no stopping. I totally enjoyed doing this piece – enjoyed the colours and had fun with the design – but also the fact that it had a purpose made it a fun piece to do. The overall size is 22 x 10 – not huge but very doable. Although I designed it for my new ugly table it would make a great pillow (with a prodded edge!!!) so I will be offering it as a pattern on linen and as a kit. I hooked it in 8.5 so you can see it has a more crowded primitive look but it could also be done in a smaller cut and more detail put into it. For this piece I intentionally squeezed in the bigger cuts as I wanted it to have that more primitive look – usually my circles are PERFECTLY round and points are PERFECTLY sharp – this time I did not want perfect anything! I used my colours – red, olive, gold, maple sugar but threw in some teal blue as this is a colour you will see often in Frakturs along with the usual red, green and gold. Plus, since I was designing it for that oxblood coloured table I threw in a wonderful plaid in oxblood tones with gold, red and green in it! The gold plaid I had was perfect – check out the beak! There is a black line running through the gold and I cut the strips so that on one edge the black line appeared and used this for the edge of the beak so that it would pop out of the maple sugar background! Must say I had to reconfigure the borders a few times as I was not sure what I wanted to do and realised when I looked at pictures of Frakturs that quite often they incorporate a geometric border. The stripes worked out perfectly. So check out the online store for patterns and kits – I think I MAY have to do more Fraktur patterns! and NO mine is not a mirror image – somewhat my own take on this one as it was designed for a long narrow table.
Didn’t the ugly table come out well – vacced it, washed it and then applied a coat of dark stain to cover up the chews and gouges. Next I want to give it a coat of wax – still has great patina but the worst of the wear is touched up a tad!