This was THE MOST STUNNING morning on the lake – we sat on the dock (thank god we have a canopy as it was raining!!!) and the colours were amazing – sky and water were a deep deep smoky blue (it was only about 6:30) and the sun was just coming up and the trees with just a hint of fall colour were glowing. It was breathtaking. All I could think was I neeeeeed to dye these colours and hook this! Not that I love hooking landscapes but something small would be fun. Then the rain started – very gentle and a slight mist that made it even more unearthly. I think most rughookers must be colour driven (term I learned from my friend Sheila who does the most amazing landscapes mixing wool and yarns and various textures). I just gasp sometimes at the colours surrounding me. So this morning was a morning to die/dye for!
Just finished off a small piece that I attached to the washstand harp I bought at the junk man. I like the way it all turned out. Added old hooks and made it into a functional piece – yeahhhh for functional – and another finished piece ready for our studio tour next weekend(Thanksgiving).
Because of the old chippy paint look of the wooden piece I wanted the small rug to be a bit more toned down with less contrast. Last year a bunch of us took a class down in Canaindaigua with Jayne Hester whose speciality is hooking that old faded look using as is plaids and textured woolens. I did a pattern by Edyth O’Neil in the class and it was definitely out of my usual colour comfort zone but in the end I do think it had a more faded old antiquey look to it:
The other day someone asked me how I do corners – corners seem to be a real headache when we are finishing our rugs. Well I DON’T DO CORNERS. Or at least very rarely. I read in a book – I believe it was Creating an Antique Look in Hand-Hooked Rugs by Cynthia Norwood – that making your corners slightly rounded made finishing the edges so much easier – no more sharp corners that never come out square when you are whipping or even putting on a show binding. So for the last few years I have done all my “corners” that way and it realllllly is much easier to finish the rugs – less bulk and nicely rounded “corners”. By the way, if you love old antique looking rugs – get this book. It is a wonderful book on how to achieve this look and I have reread it many times and recommend it highly.