Here is another Before and After pattern and finished rug. I designed Crows in the Apple Tree as a table runner, but it seems to spend most of the time on the floor at the foot of the guest room bed. Its plain background holds up against the prominent design of the Kilim rug underneath it.
The understated tree branches have an Oriental feel to them. I used light grey and medium grey wools, which provide a subtle contrast to the background wool. The branches seem to fade into the background in places. The few leaves add interest without detracting from the crows and the apples, the main subjects of the design.
Hooked pieces can have multiple uses as rugs, table toppers, wall hangings and in our home as comfy dog napping places. As an artist and someone who is practical, I like to use the art that I create. It’s wonderful how these wool creations provide enjoyment for many many years.
I’ve been in southern Oregon for the better part of a week. There’s a lot of beauty in Oregon and I’m sure it will influence a rug design or two when I return home.