Ah that Medium!

It’s been great fun hooking the memory rug, and being an 8 cut it’s gone quite quickly. I think it is only the second rug I’ve hooked with a medium background, and that’s not generally thought to be a wise thing.  It is the one aspect of this rug that has caused me the most thought, and ripping out, and rethinking.DSCF5223

Each section had several “tries”….here I was debating about where to insert the plaid…on the left I tried ….right after the grey brown…on the right I tried….. inserting a row of the beige before adding the plaid. I decided on the right hand version, as it highlighted the plaid….the left seemed just too busy.

This has what has been on my mind as I hooked each background section: -…. does it let the animal show up well, ……does it compete with the animal, ……does it pop out too much when I stand back,…… do the colours next to each other blend, flow, disappear,…… does the shape distract from the animals close by? What I was after was….interesting, but not overpowering……the eye going to the pets first, not the background.

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Here  is that section when finished. I found that larger background sections close to the animals were less distracting. I let the areas around the edges of the rug have some stronger colours and combinations, and made them smaller as well. I have no idea if this is “technically” correct, but it pleases my eye.

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Akira thought he’d check himself out close up, and it felt so good he decided not to leave!

For some reason, I liked that solid dark section under the hooked version of Akira, and felt It should be repeated somewhere…so I did the same thing under the belly of Snowball the rat .

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Hooking done!….now what colour to whip the edge?

I knew I’d never be able to match the beige plaid that forms the main background colour, but wanted a colour that went well with the background as a whole. I rolled up my rug and off I went with it to the only store in town that carries !00% wool yarn.

….and here’s my tip/reminder of the day. I’d chosen a brown that I thought looked great, when the salesgirl reminded me that the florescent lights could effect the colour, and perhaps I should take it outside for a better look. Thank goodness for her! In the daylight, the wool I’d chosen looked AWFUL! … and didn’t go with the rug at all. I  replaced that ball with the dark brown above…..so always check your colours in natural light.

So next steps….zig zig, stream , trim, and start whipping…..while looking for inspiration for my next venture.

Happy 4th to all my American friends. I hope you have as good a day as we did on Canada Day…….watched the parade, visited the park , enjoyed all the booths, displays and the fair, and watched the fireworks from our balcony at night….. while Baxter (our macho schnauzer) hid in the bathroom behind the door.

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