First chaos, then order.

I’m having fun with my stash-busting, I Love My OCD rug.  I grabbed an empty tub and put huge handfuls of noodles in it.  The variety of cuts and colors should be enough to create an interesting rug.  Every other section is hooked with two purple plaids in a #8.5 cut.  If this doesn’t decrease my stash, I don’t know what will, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

There is one little thing that is tickling my OCD, and that is the fact that if I don’t use up most of the noodles in the bin, I’ll have to separate them by color and put them back in their 2-gallon bags.  That task won’t actually be a bad thing.  The next project will be one for my Mother Earth Speaks series, so I will have to clean up my studio before starting that one.

In spite of many on-the-fly changes, this rug is hooking up quickly and I look forward to placing it in front of my studio door.  I’m sure that there will be some questions such as, “Whose initials are those?” 

I just received a brand-new rug hooking book to give away.  It’s a fun one, so be sure to tune in next week when I’ll tell you about it and start the giveaway.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in my latest free-wheeling rug hooking project!

Fun shapes and fun colors make a fun rug!

Fun shapes and fun colors make a fun rug!

A tub full of noodles/worms.  What do you call them?

A tub full of noodles/worms. What do you call them?

Making order out of chaos.

As I was designing my I Love My OCD rug, I had to laugh  I drew it freehand onto the linen, changed my mind about things, drew over the original lines, looked at it again, made more changes, and so on.  This is a metaphor for how I think of my personal OCD.  To me it means “making order out of chaos”, and that is what I’m trying to do with this pattern.

My ultimate plan is to do some stash-busting, hit-or-miss areas radiating out from the center.  How many times have I tried to bust my enormous stash of noodles/worms?  Optimism lingers as I plan to use a lot of these noodles.  I may even over-dye some of them to make them more useful.  Hope springs eternal.

This past week I was reminded that I have several rugs to design, hook. and finish.  These are in the super-secret category, which means I cannot share them yet.  One has been completed, another one needs a bit more hooking done and then the binding [I do love to bind] and the third one I haven’t even designed yet!  I wish design ideas would just come without trying, but that’s not how it works with me.

So, using my personal metaphor, I will try to make order out of chaos this week.  I hope your week will go well and be filled with creativity.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the studio of a busy rug hooker.

My design and some of the many worms stored in 2 gallon bags by color. That’s about to change.

My design and some of the many worms stored in 2 gallon bags by color. That’s about to change.