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
I am still in Heirloom Rug Class mode, but promise to move along tomorrow. Above is a picture of a rug my friend Sandy Weller did in an Heirloom Rug Class that I taught several years ago. Sandy chose to hook a theorem in the Pennsylvania Dutch style. This rug shows the soft watercolors used in old theorem paintings, very lovely. But again, the background is what makes it interesting to me. We selected 6 or 8 different dark values to be our 'black' background. By hooking them in patches, vertically, Sandy made the rug look faded or water stained, just like a 150 year old theorem might be.
Diane Stoffel taught me to think about everything in light, medium and dark values. As you can see this background has light, medium and dark 'blacks' that give the effect we wanted. If we had chosen darks that were too similar in value, it would have been a more solid look. We wanted 'old' and I think that is exactly what Sandy achieved. Way to go Sandy!