Blending fabrics creates interest in rug hooking

When you are hooking a rug, using several similar colors in a blend is more interesting to look at than one color. I am working on the Seaweed pattern, and at the top of my frame I keep several color choices in which to work from.

I like the copper-brown color in the bulb of my seaweed plant. I have hooked part of it, and want to add some variety to it. I am lining up some alternatives that I think might hook up to look close but not identical.

Here is how they look up close. After hooking a bit, I step back and see how I like it.

I like how the copper colors look. As you can see, I am changing colors in my leaves as the hooking progresses. I am still not sure that I have hit upon the right colors.

As I hook more background, the backdrop of the rug emerges, helping me to see the finished picture better. I removed the orange seaweed bloom, and am now trying the purple color there. It looks okay, but I am still not settled on it. Here are more colors on the left that I am thinking of adding to the mix.

I hope that you are enjoying the free pattern Seaweed and are finding some time to hook on it.

 More next time ~ Karen

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10 thoughts on “Blending fabrics creates interest in rug hooking

  1. Good morning Karen. I look forward to your posts each morning with anticipation of what you will share next. I just love all your little lessons and thank you again for sharing your tips on blending and choosing color and yet another free pattern “Seaweed”. I love your copper choice and I find myself blending similar colors together more and more. I cannot just use one wool any more. Blending makes a piece look so much more interesting. Good luck with finding the right color. My eye keeps going back to the orange as it does add a pop of color. Your blog has been all the buzz of conversation at the Hinesburg Hooking group on Monday nights. We love it!

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  2. Thank you for the “free” pattern, color advice and such a nice blog to read. Oh, I am one of the Hinesburg Hookers and we really love your work. Presently I have a broken ankle and can’t get to much of my wool on different levels, but look out when I can.

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  3. Wonderful Karen. I look forward to reading your blog every morning…set’s my day! Thank you again for sharing your talents with all of us, you are truly an artist!

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  4. I’m loving how this is coming out. Thanks for sharing your tips on color bending. I am finding that I prefer the blending rather than one color, as it makes it look more interesting. I really love how your background is coming out with the different shades of green and olive. I can’t wait to get to jump into this project.

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    • thanks for commenting about color blending, as it is my favorite thing to do — and not just blending wool in rug hooking, but with beads in jewelry making, with tiles in mosaics, with flowers in gardening!

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