I finished the top of the footstool, and figured I was home free. The rest would be easy. I knew I wanted the sides striped, so I cut strips of all the colours I’d used in the top, and proceeded to do the sides in a thoughtful ‘hit and miss’.
Good grief!! It looked like a garish circus tent!
That’s not the effect I wanted at all.
So I thought if I used the background taupe colour much more frequently, that would tone it down.
This is not as bright…but still not the effect I’m after….so I hung it up and stared at it through the course of an evening to figure out what to do.
I eventually came to the conclusion that the straight lines didn’t go with the rather free flowing top and scroll….they needed to be much more flexible. ….and it was still too bright.
I started again using bent and or wiggly lines.
…and I used 2 or 3 strips of taupe together to dull it down even more, and all but eliminated the very lightest and brightest colours from the top
It took me awhile, and some trial and error…but I’m on the right track now.
This is the effect I was looking for. It feels more connected to the top and compliments it…rather than overpowering it.
One side finished…but now of course…a new snag. I’ve hooked the bottom section going across, and was very careful that the end of each row was in the same ditch as the row coming down….however…as you can see from the picture….it seems to dip in at the bottom. I think that’s because the width of the loop of the #8 cut is wider than when it is hooked the other direction. Now I have to decide if that will sort itself out when it is joined…or should I add another loop on each end so it is visually straight.. Anyone have any suggestions?