I recently read a question by a rug hooker on Facebook. She asked what other rug hookers do when they have made hooked rugs for every spare floor space and wall space and have given rugs to friends and family members. What to do with future rugs, since, of course, a decent rug hooker cannot stop hooking! There were many good suggestions, such as rolling the rugs and displaying them in a big beautiful basket or nifty bin. They make a pretty decorating focal point.
I have the same dilemma of not enough free space. My answer for this is to hook a variety of pieces for particular wall areas. I always have one hanging by the dining table. I switch it out for seasons and/or holidays. At the moment, I have them for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, winter, and summer. I make them the same vertical 18” x 24” size, which nicely fits that area.
I now am moving to the wall space at the head of our bed. The Chicken Dreams rug has been there for a couple of years and it’s time to do the old switcheroo. My hubby suggested that I should do a rug with our newest canine adoptee, Ikey, on it. He also mentioned his vast perennial garden, which is his pride and joy. So, I created a dual-design with Ikey overseeing the garden. Ikey only has one eye, but that just helps him focus! A black and white dog in a riot of color should be fun.
This past week has been a good one for designing new patterns. I now have a winter-y one and another Aesop fable one on linen. These are both planned for future publication, so I will keep them under wraps for now.
I am excited to be heading to Susan Feller’s Retreat Into the Mountains (of West Virginia) in less than two weeks and one of these new designs will be going with me to work on while I’m there. Susan’s retreat is such a fun and relaxing weekend with a wonderful group of creative women. Can’t wait to get there!
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in planning future rugs… and a fun trip!