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
Ah, rug hooking…..yes, I remember that is what this blog is supposed to be about. Not puppies, not horses, not theatre….RUG HOOKING! And tonight, it is. Here are some not very good photos of my latest project. It is a KLIMT rug that I started in a Pris Buttler class at the Nebraska City RETREAT. The photos are a little blurry, but they are the best I have for tonight's blogging.
The purpose of this hooking project was to get me out of my normal 'box'. I love muted colors, grey tones and a primitive palette. I also like working in black and white. Pris suggested that I might be stuck in a rut!!!!! She suggested I use some brighter colors in a project to test myself a little and this was the result. Pris threw out a few pieces of wool, a couple of greens, the blue and purple, an orange and magenta and said "Deal with it!" Well, to be honest, she suggested I pick an area and try putting some of the colors together to get the feel for the project. She was kind, as always. She was encouraging, she was, well, Pris. I whined a little with every loop for the first couple of hours. Then I hit my stride and feel like I have been dealing with bright colors all along. I even drew in the horse on the lady's left side. It was not in the original project.
This is what I learned from this project…..all from Pris' words of wisdom. Your eye still needs a soft place to land, so the grayish color that looks like the marble horse and is in various places thru out the rug, serves that need. The soft burgundy color to the left of the lady's hair is also a soft place to land, as is the pinky tan tone of her flesh that is also used thru out the rug. The balancing act,
using these colors, as well as the black, in a variety
of places, makes the wild color easier to accept, at
least to someone with my palette preferences. At the end, I even added in some neon colors, there is a pink, green, and orange all high chroma colors, that I used in very small portions. They worked….but just in very small amounts.
To the right of the lady is a plant with leaves, that I am very tickled with. Since I finished this up at Christmas time, it gave me one of those secret pleasures to make the plant look like a string of Christmas lights. We rug hookers have these moments, don't we. Just a little somethin' something' that is our little private joke. I put these little things in many of my rugs. Ah, simple mind, simple pleasures.
That is all for now. I am going to start a new project this week and I think it will have a nice big black horse in it. I need to regain my rug hooking equilibrium. But I must admit, I enjoyed this rug. Thank you Pris for gently nudging me in this direction. It was a good experience and I learned a lot from it.
It is almost time to wish you Happy New Year, dear blogger friends. I think I will wait, I may have another blog up my sleeve before the New Year.
Don't forget, first Saturday hooking is this Saturday, the 4th. We will also be hooking on Friday afternoon as always. Join us, it will be a fun time.