I’m always amazed when rug hookers color plan a rug before pulling the first loop. While I always have a good idea of what my rug design will look like, it is rarely a smooth ride. I like to leave my options open to stand back and look at the rug as it progresses, making changes and choices as I go along.
My current super secret rug, which is almost finished, has been a bit of a challenge. Not only does it have ninety-nine letters on it (my least favorite thing to hook), but also the colors and design elements have given me some difficulty. I’ve unhooked several areas where the color just wasn’t right. I’ve also eliminated a couple of design elements. As a graphic designer by training, I believe that “less is more” when it comes to design. Also, as a rug hooker, I prefer to hook with#7 and #8 cuts of wool, which can make small details more difficult to achieve. At least in my experience.
Having said all this, I will balance this out by saying that there have been rugs that have practically hooked themselves. One of them, Ship in a Bottle (pictured below), was such fun to hook. I had a great variety of neutral wools, which I mixed to create the sand, and I had just enough of a beautiful aqua spot-dyed wool for the sky. This was a happy rug to hook.
Another one that was fun from start to finish is my Aesop’s design, The Fox and the Crow (also pictured below). Again, I had the wools on hand that worked out very well. Rug hookers have a treasure trove of wool noodles and I am no exception. I always go to my noodle bin first for “bits and bobs” to add color and interest.
I’m pondering my next rug. I have one ready to start, but I just might design something else. As I said, I like to keep my options open.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the creative process of rug hooking.