Sydney and Whiskey are ready to go home to their owner. I worked like crazy to finish up the hooking and binding this week. Not without some changes in my plans, however.
I had dyed some wool for the background using the Blue-Red-Yellow dye plan. I enjoy doing this kind of dyeing, because it’s done in one pot. First add the blue dye with citric acid, stir twice and leave it alone until the dye is taken up by the wool. Then add the red dye with a bit more citric acid, stir twice and leave alone until that dye is taken up. Then do the same process with the yellow dye. The end result is wool with a beautiful spotty richness showing primary and secondary colors.
I was pleased with the dyed wool, but when I held it up to the dogs, it was much too distracting. I put so much blood, sweat and tears into hooking the dogs that I did not want to make them vie for attention. I decided that I liked the dogs against the natural color of the linen, so I found a beautiful neutral herringbone wool, named Winter Wheat, from The Wool Studio’s most recent swatch mailing. While I was at it, I also ordered some similar wool with very subtle color stripes in it, named Fruit of the Loom, which I used for the border.
Another change in plans was that I had thought I would use the antigodlin, or higgledy-piggledy, kind of hooking for the background to give interest. [Nancy Parcels wrote an informative article on this method in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine]. I found the neutral background wool was so soft and blended so well, that the antigodlin loops would have gotten lost. So, I did my usual method for doing a background- hook a shape, fill it in, hook another shape, fill it in, etc.
All that is left to do is to have the rug photographed and then mail it on its way.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the successful finishing of another hooked rug.