Hook a spiral chair pad with me – Part 5

Hopefully you have hooked most of your chair pad by now and are ready to take a closer look at your piece to do the all important evaluation. You can only do this when you are almost done as it is only then when you can see how it all comes together. Even though you may not be changing very much, fine tuning your hooking can make a huge difference and can pull your look together. In the close up above you can see my deep gray border row of hooking. I am happy with how it frames the piece without competing with the black spiral line. If I had chosen a wool that was too close in value to the spiral, it would have had the same impact and ultimately detracted from the specialness of the spiral line.

Here is my hooked piece. I am happy with the selective amount of deep reddish brown, as I used it in 6 or so rows. None of them seem to connect from one spiral section to another, which I think would look distracting. They are not distributed evenly or predictably which is good. It should all look like it happened. When I squint my eyes there are a few places where two lines start to blend together, but then the lines around those pairs do show up clearly. So there are no confusing blocks of color. The lines show up well. I am pretty happy with how it looks, but there a couple nit picky things that I would like to change.

One segment of the spiral line starts to blend in a bit. It is this black/yellow texture above. It is not bad, and I do like that fact that my spiral line is understated by that break. But I thought that it would look better if I took some of that line out and replaced part of it.

I replaced 2/3 of it with a dark purple texture which reads a bit darker, and I like it much better.

The blue/gray/natural wool line that it the first line of the inner central spiral bothers me. I want to change it to something not quite as light and bland in color. When I squint my eyes that line reads very light, the next two lines are darker, then the next one is back to very light, and then two darker lines, and then a third very light line… It is looking like a boring repeat, and right in the very noticeable center of the design. I can do better.

I found this gray/blue wool that was a tad darker in value and I already like it better. Notice that I did leave 4 or so loops of the old color there, as it harmonized with the line.

To the left is before, to the right is after.

Making those small changes has modified the design. Maybe it is hard to see on the computer, I don’t know. But for me, it took away what was distracting from my look, and helped my eye to gravitate to the overall effect. I love it, and that is the point that I want to get to in my hooking. It is all to please moi!

Tomorrow I will talk a bit about finishing ~ Karen


16 thoughts on “Hook a spiral chair pad with me – Part 5

    • i did not move my pattern from my frame until most of what i could hook in that area was complete. then i moved it so that i could hook the outer border, finishing my spiral line then. it was then that i could see that i needed to make some changes to the spiral, ending the line more abruptly into the grey borderline. if you look at my initial drawing of the spiral, you can see that it meandered along the edge near the borderline, half way around the circle. i eliminated that whole meander.


  1. Beautiful! The side by side shots make it easier to see how the areas you switched out compare. It’s hints like this and pointing out the boringness of repetition that can take a hooked piece to the next level. I also like the suggestion of using a grey borderline. I wouldn’t have thought of trying that. I didn’t have enough cut strips to do grey, but I used a combination of wools that will read medium dark neutral. It was a fun exercise in choosing a matching value. I am viewing your blog on an imac and the images are coming across wonderfully! I can see lots of color and detail.


  2. I like the subtle changes that occured with the reference to colour/texture of the wool that you re-hooked. It makes me think of how the colours can play against each other but still harmonize and “get-along”.


  3. I was at a hook-in today in Lancaster, PA and took the spiral which was admired by many. I enjoy hooking it, just enough thought to keep me interested but simple enough that I can work on it even when I am distracted or tired. Thanks.


  4. Love looking at your images very close! Noticed early on that the arc of the hooked strands changed especially in the 2nd row around the 8 o’clock mark. The outer ends run along the darker outline for a longer time there. Actually, it’s also in the lower right as well. The momentum of the swirl seems to build here! Wondering if that ‘s deliberate in your design (nature’s design) or if its the result of the warm colors there. This tutorial provides lots to think about!


    • thank you for your thoughts. each hit or miss line that i drew in around the spiral was an opportunity to slightly change directions. this creates a more dynamic design, as you are constantly changing angles and directions as you begin hooking along the new lines. and color choice is another opportunity to add excitement. i think that the momentum is built into the spiral itself, as it is a compelling shape.


  5. Finally had a chance to sit and read each blog post about your spiral chairpad. I have heard so much about it. I am always trying to think of new ways to use up my worms. You did a wonderful job, and touched on so many great points.. with pictures to share the differences. Love that! Will definitely be trying one of these “sometime this year” lol. Thanks for taking time to share it with us all !


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