Sealed with a kiss.

I have completed my rug entry for Lori Brechlin’s Out of Hand Rug Hookers rug challenge.  What fun I had!  Using some of the motifs that Lori drew and shared with the members of the challenge group, I designed and hooked this Valentine inspired piece titled, Be Mine.

I decided early on to just let go and have fun with it.  I used several techniques that I hadn’t tried in a hooked piece before.  I actually crocheted the sleeve cuffs right onto the linen.  This was risky, but I use good sturdy linen and it didn’t break.  Then I actually wove the basket using wide cut strips of wool.  The ends are prodded into the back of the linen.  And the grand finale, which I did this past week, was to cover the back of the rug with a piece of overdyed wool.  I brought the wool around to the front, and stitched it into place.  Then I used red “crochet string” to embroider the edge with XXs (like kisses). 

I’m so glad that I am participating in this challenge.  The deadline is early January, so I’m way ahead of myself.  Having experimented with some new (for me) techniques I feel ready to try them and others on the next project in line.

My next project is another “challenge”, which was put forth by Lisanne Miller.  A Barn challenge.  I do love barns, so I’m ready to get hooking!  I asked for and received permission to adapt a photo taken by a husband and wife photography team.  The creative ideas are swirling around in my head!

I have been asked if this Be Mine pattern will be offered for sale on my website.  I’m sorry to say it will not.  Although the design is mine, the motifs are the property of Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm.  I am a stickler for doing things by the book and using someone else’s designs without permission is a big no-no.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the finishing of a fun project.

Detail of finishing.

Detail of finishing.

Be Mine  all finished!

Be Mine all finished!