I am finishing a new rug design for the class I will be teaching this October in Tipp City, and thinking about how I love every step in completing a hooked rug piece. I particularly enjoy each detail of creating the crochet binding with long strips of wool fabric. Part of what makes it satisfying are the tools that I use.
I use an old drawer that has crazed paint and unusual knobs to hold my wool strips. I love how the texture of the fabrics look with the old wood. I draw inspiration from time-worn things with texture and faded colors.
I pull out one of my vintage rulers to measure with. I have a lovely old pair of scissors that a friend gifted me.
I step back in time as I use them, feeling part of the old ways when detail and taking time to do handwork was a neccesity.
I am so thankful that I bought this old green table. It’s vintage character and green paint seems the perfect backdrop for every project.
The surface is uneven with nail heads and grooves, but I indulge myself and forgive its flaws for the sake of art.
Here is a sneak peek of the rug. To find out more about the class that Alice Strebel and I will be teaching, read more by clicking HERE.
Thank you for joining me today. Projects have been moving through my studio fast and furious lately and I haven’t documented their progress as of yet. I hope to share more with you soon as we move through this last month of summer.
Have a creative day ~ Karen