Before and After: Ship in a Bottle

I’m in the process of redrawing my original patterns on quality paper.  From these originals I can make a working copy and the transfers that I use when drawing my patterns on linen. 

I thought it would be interesting to show the Before and After of some of my designs.  I’m starting with my pattern, Ship in a Bottle, which is one of my “Beach Series” designs.  My annual October trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts always inspires me and is the genesis of quite of few of my rug designs.

October is my favorite month of the year.  The weather on the Cape is warm during the day and cool at night.  Perfect!  Most of the tourists have departed and the pace of life is slowing down.  I love the natural rugged beauty of Cape Cod.  "It is what it is" and hasn’t been made to look like a fake movie set.

Designs seem to pop into my head and Ship in a Bottle did just that.  I have always been fascinated with tiny ship models worked into glass bottles.  [And I must confess to having a bottle fetish.]  I wanted to try hooking a glass bottle with the distortion that one sees when looking through it.  Placing that design element on a beach seemed to make sense somehow.

Doing a series of designs is very practical. For my Beach Series,  I had about four complementary “sand” wools and numerous “sea” and “sky” blues, which I could go to for each rug.  Combining the wools in different ways kept each rug fresh.

Next week I’ll share the Before and After of my humorous beach design, Smoked Bass, which I designed and hooked for my Cape Cod brother and his wife.

Reminder: There's still time to get a free Stash Saver Sachet with a pattern order during the month of June.

There’s a lot of beauty on Cape Cod and I can’t wait to see more of it in October.

My original drawing for Ship in a Bottle.

My original drawing for Ship in a Bottle.

Ship in a Bottle as it hangs in the hallway outside my studio.

Ship in a Bottle as it hangs in the hallway outside my studio.