New beginnings. New rugs.

Having finished the main part of my rug, It’s All Black and White, I must now decide on a border.  I have an idea for it and it’s something quite different for me, so I must ponder it a while.  I’ve shared photos of this rug for weeks now and I want to take a break from it and plan a couple of new projects.

One of the new projects is another “super secret rug” [here we go again].  I’ve got it on linen and I’m excited to get hooking on it.  I’ll have to do some subtle dyeing, which will be either really fun or a nightmare.  I never know which until I get into the dye pots. 

The other new project, thankfully, is one that I can share with you as I go along.  I am designing and hooking a rug to donate to my granddaughter’s Waldorf school for their 2017 fundraising auction.  After attending Grandparents’ Day at the Siskiyou School for the past two years, I’ve come away with such an admiration for the style of teaching there.  From the earliest grades, it is a hands-on way of teaching.  They have classes in hand-work, art, music, foreign languages as well as the usual reading, writing [yes, cursive!] and arithmetic.  It is a very organic and nature-based community of students.  These children get to really enjoy being children.

Each class at the school has a name.  My granddaughter’s class is the River Class.  The other classes are: Honeybee; Blackberry; Cedar; and Sun.  The youngest classes are still formulating their class names. 

With the class names at hand, I immediately envisioned a design incorporating these nature images.  The school logo works right into with the rest.  I have a preliminary design drawn out, but I do like to be fluid as I design, color plan, and hook.  I have plenty of time to complete this rug and I hope you will tag along as I work on it.

I also got to have fun custom designing a pattern based on my It’s All Black and White rug.  It’s for someone who loves Boston terriers, too.  I hope she will have fun hooking it and I’d love to see it when it’s finished.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in planning new projects and giving thanks for schools that teach “outside the box”.

The auction rug in its infancy.

The auction rug in its infancy.

A custom pattern for a Boston terrier lover!

A custom pattern for a Boston terrier lover!