Thank you for visiting my blog site. I own The Rug Hooking Store at Black Horse Antiques in Valley Nebraska. I have had the antique store for the last 31 years and the rug hooking portion of the store for the last 12 years. I specialize in hand-dyed wool and all supplies needed for rug hooking. There are over 750 patterns available in the store and online. I particularly love color planning rugs and will be happy to help you select wools for your latest project. Visit my store at www.janicelee.biz
Here is a fun rug that anyone could make. I love horses, have I mentioned that? And since my store is The Rug Hooking Store at Black Horse Antiques, you can imagine that I hook lots of black horses in my rugs. This rug is on my bedroom floor. I made it to go with a certain bedspread, something you are never supposed to do, since your room decor can change, but I figured when I change the bedspread, I will hook a new rug for that spot.
This was very simple to design and could be drawn with anything, not just horses. A lady who saw this rug was inspired to hook one with crows, but a dogs and cats rug or birds or stars or....well, you get the idea, it could be about anything.
I laid out my linen, drew the border in the dimension I wanted. This a pretty large rug, but any size would work. Then I took 5 simple horse shapes. These are horse figures that I have used in different rugs and had the templates ready to reuse. I save every design I draw or important figures from the designs and store them in manilla envelopes, marked with the design on the outside. It is a simple filing system, but they are always handy if I need a good star, or flower or animal or.....yes, I see that you understand this as well.
I copied off the various horse shapes, got down on the floor and started arranging them in all directions. I wanted them to be moving every which way, so there was no particular orientation for the rug. When I got them in a position I liked, I used my trusty Sharpie to draw them in. Then the fun began. Again, those backgrounds are so much fun to me. I just drew in shapes with my marker, they are basically in the shape of triangles. Long triangles, short ones, fat ones etc. After I hooked all the black horses, with a plethora of different blacks, I simply outlined a triangle and continued to contour it with different colors. My background was variations of 3 colors, black, gold and turquoise. Remember, the designer's rule of thumb is to use 3's and 5's to keep the eye happy. Well, this simple rug of dancing horses, is certainly a happy rug.