Click on the name below to open a 4 page pattern which you can print out:
Cut the pattern pieces along the dotted lines, and tape them together to make a 13″ X 18″ (approximate size) rug hooking pattern.
This design was inspired by a vintage rug that had a charming lollypop tree in a flower-pot. I interpreted the flowers into seaweed plants, which have a bulbous base, and floating leaves.
I can see through the linen well enough to transfer the design by tracing. I use a black Marvy fabric marker.
Choosing colors is always such a fun part for me, and it is full of wild hopes and dreams uncluttered by realities. Which means, my color choices often have to be modified along the way to please me.
As I mentioned in the last post, I am using a couple darks for the background. These are etsy wools called Inky Olive and Dark Olive Brown. I am supposing that one fat quarter of each will be almost enough for this background. I am going to add other dark colors to make it more interesting. My lightest light is also an etsy wool color called Underfoot. It is a grungy tan-mocha color with hints of gray and bronze.
As my color wheel inspiration I am using the triad, orange/green/purple. Since I am going for a dark, poor-boy color scheme, all of these colors will be duller, browner versions of themselves.
Orange = rust, copper, pumpkin-browns
Green = olive, greeny-browns
Purple = gray-purple, muted lavender-grays
I cut a small cross-section of my guesstimate colors, stuff them into a shallow box which is my palette, and eagerly start hooking.
Where do I start? I always start with the background. Why? Because that is going to be the color that everything plays off. There will be no backing linen showing in the finished piece. So, start covering it up!
I am happy with how the background colors are working together, the inky olive with the dark olive-brown. I am starting to put in some colors for the motifs, although they are more or less place holders for now. This early it is hard for me to see how the colors will look together. And I am thinking that the purple and the orange are too bright for what I envisioned. But I will at least give them a chance to work.
Sometimes when colors don’t work together it is because I don’t have the right colors to go with them, to enhance them. I have a lot of muted colors and not many in a more saturated palette. So, I can’t do everything!
I have to admit that I lack much variety in the purple realm of colors. That is partially because I don’t see purple in old rugs. The palette I have chosen to work with is emulating vintage colors. So I shall take these limitations as the creative framework that I will stay in. I like have some bounds to my color choices. Otherwise things become too mind boggling!
I am alway excited to begin a new design. I anticipate new challenges with each new project. Creating a hooked rug is always a surprise, always a learning experience. That is what makes it exciting to me! I don’t have it all figured out. I let it unfold.
More on the process of hooking Seaweed next time ~ Karen