Photo finish.

The border for It’s All Black and White has been decided and loops have been pulled.  I knew I wanted the border to be in black and white to adhere to the theme of the rug.  For those who missed previous blogs about this rug, It’s All Black and White refers to the color of our Boston terrier, Ikey, as well as the fact that dogs only see in black and white.  Such a shame to be standing in a garden filled with color and not being able to see it!

I toyed with different black and white ideas for the border, but making it look like a photograph seemed to make sense.  For those of us of a “certain age”, we remember actually taking pictures with a camera containing film.  The film was then taken to the photo shop to be printed.  We never knew if the photos turned out OK until we got them back. We then mounted the ones we liked in photo albums by way of black corners adhered to the pages.  Now everything is digital and photos live in a “cloud” somewhere.  All very mysterious.

I don't like using a true white wool in a rug, so I did tea-stain wool for the border.  It gives it an antiqued look.  I also rarely use true black wool, but the wool for the corners actually has a very subtle dark brown stripe in it.  Using very dark colors to represent black and "not quite white" wool to represent white is something I've done before.  The eye sees what it expects to see and makes the interpretation without effort.

We have had some house-guests this past week, which has been nice, but my hooking time was abbreviated.  My studio was magically transformed into a wool-dust-free guest room.  It's now time to get back to work.  I should have the rest of this border finished this coming week.  I always like to finish what I’m working on before starting the next one.  

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the colorful gardens at Crow’s Foot Farm.

The tea-stained wool creates an antique look.  

The tea-stained wool creates an antique look.  

This is how Ikey sees this colorful rug.

This is how Ikey sees this colorful rug.