Figuring Out Stripes

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!

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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.

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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.

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I started again using bent and or wiggly lines.

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…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

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It took me awhile, and some trial and error…but I’m on the right track now. 

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This is the effect I was looking for. It feels more connected to the top and compliments it…rather than overpowering it.

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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?

4 thoughts on “Figuring Out Stripes

  1. Hey Elizabeth! Liking your foot stool a lot – and it’s making me want to move my own ambitions up on my project list…. 😉 Here are my two cents about your quandary….The reason it’s tucking in at the bottom is because your loops aren’t square – they are longer than they are wider. So just like if you want to make a perfect corner, you always need too hook a little beyond where you are turning (usually I just pull up one extra loop beyond the row of holes where my perpendicular row will go). I think you need to extend your rows across the bottom by one more loop on each side – and make sure the last two loops of your row are close enough together to cause the outer loop to push out. My concern is that if you don’t pack it a little now, that when you want it to fold a the corner around your stool, it will splay at the bottom.Does this make any sense at all?

  2. Hey Elizabeth! Liking your foot stool a lot – and it’s making me want to move my own ambitions up on my project list…. 😉 Here are my two cents about your quandary….The reason it’s tucking in at the bottom is because your loops aren’t square – they are longer than they are wider. So just like if you want to make a perfect corner, you always need too hook a little beyond where you are turning (usually I just pull up one extra loop beyond the row of holes where my perpendicular row will go). I think you need to extend your rows across the bottom by one more loop on each side – and make sure the last two loops of your row are close enough together to cause the outer loop to push out. My concern is that if you don’t pack it a little now, that when you want it to fold a the corner around your stool, it will splay at the bottom.Does this make any sense at all?

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