Fixing Another Trouble Spot

While I’m pouring over pictures of ‘Hygieia’ each day, and pondering  ways to create the colour palette for this exciting project, (and how big to make it), I’m working to finish the hall runner as quickly as I can.

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Another small section posed a problem. This motif (pictured above) is not exactly like any of the others, but bears a resemblance to the red one with blue green leaves (see below).

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I decided to add the centre yellow spot, and do it the same way.  That done, I thought it was fine until I looked at the whole section for some time, and realized it looked ‘bald’ without the leaves. There wasn’t room to add them because of the ‘acid green style’ leaf from the motif under it. I thought of adding some smaller flowers around it, or extending some of the motif from below, but finally settled on removing the small leaf altogether, and adding the blue green leaves, adjusting their size and placement slightly so they would fit comfortably in the space. (see below)

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Whew!…now I like it!

Preparing for a New Project

I’m so excited. I’m going to Trent Rug Hooking School in June. This will be my first time not only to go to Trent, but any Rug hooking school. (You could even count the number of workshops I’ve been at on one hand.) For those of you who may not be familiar with it, it’s held each year in Peterborough Ontario on the campus of Trent University in June. There are about 7 courses offered, and you take a full week in one course.(30 hours of instruction) I’m taking Colour and Motion in Art Nouveau with Linda Sullivan.

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Before I even knew this course was available, I had decided to use Gustav Klimt as the inspiration for my next rug. This was not an idea that came to me out of the blue, but actually originated with Deanne Fitzpatrick, and shared with Sunshine Rughookers by Cynthia Young, a wonderfully creative and artistic hooker in our group. In all honesty I had never heard of Gustav Glimt, so I came home and googled him, and was immediately fascinated with his paintings. Every time I look at one I see more and more interesting features, colours, shapes.

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The minute I saw  “Hygieia” or “Medicine” I was taken by both the colour and movement.  This would be my inspiration. However the longer I looked at it, the more I was drawn to the entire painting, and now I intend to actually try to hook it. I’m no artist, so I’m mulling over how I will get the outline of it to my backing.

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Here’s what I’ve come up with. The picture is twice as long as it is wide, so that simplifies things. I think I will blow up the best picture of it I can find, draw a grid over the picture, and use that to re-draw it onto the red dot grid. I was thinking I would do something in the nature of 30″ x 60″ but my DH thinks it would be wonderful to hang in the stairwell.(it’s about 15′ high)…so it may grow if that is to be its final destination…..you see It’s not my fault I end up hooking humongous rugs!!

Snow Cleaning my Rug

Last year on Gene’s IRC, there was quite a discussion about cleaning rugs by putting them out in the snow. Apparently this was a tried and true method used long before vacuums were available. It didn’t work though for Cilla Cameron in Nottingham, England. They had quite a snowfall last year and she followed the steps carefully, but her dog simply wouldn’t leave the rug  covered with snow, and yanked it out to play with in the yard. (there are some great pictures in the archives of Gene’s blog)

We certainly have an abundance of snow here in central Ontario, and my dog doesn’t have access to the front yard, so I decided to give it a try.

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This rug is on the bedroom floor, and the dog sleeps on it for at least a part of every night (when we won’t leave him enough room to stretch out to his liking), so it certainly could do with freshening up.

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I turned the rug up-side-down, and covered it with about 3″ of fresh, clean snow….then left it for about 2 hours. I then shook the snow off, brushed it with a broom and hung it over the banister to dry.

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In all honesty, I can’t see much difference, however this rug is less than a year old…so maybe it doesn’t have enough ‘patina’ yet, for the snow to work on. (please excuse the ugly toes…I forgot to crop them out before I posted the picture)

On the other hand, I think I raised the eyebrows of neighbours and passers-by  when they saw this weird lady out burying her rug in the snow on a Sunday afternoon.