Monday, March 21, 2011

Hooking away on one of my rugs when..........

Oh dear!



What is it about rug hooking that you start to hook away, your on a wonderful roll. Your rug is finally looking how you envision it when Oh No! you ran out of the color your using for the rug background. Once again because I can’t make up my mind on my background I need some more wool. Then I can’t find the name of the wool so I can reorder it from Heavens to Betsy. I know God is teaching me Patience. Lol

Well I found it today, Yes after days of looking everywhere. I had taken the samples to show a friend and I stupidly put them in my rug hooking drawer where I put my samples. I can’t believe I was organized it totally threw me off. Lol!

So what do most hookers do?

I tend to hook the main parts of the rug and acquire my background color along the way sometimes. That way I can ask for suggestions from hooking friends on color choices when I am stumped. Am I the only hooker not having all my wools ready to go before I start a rug? The color was Mississippi catfish.
Now I hope she has it. Lol


10 comments:

acorn hollow said...

Well that is a cute name for the background. when I was taught to hook I was taught to chose my background first. I never do, I just fly by the seat of my pants. I choose it when I get to it.
cathy

Julia said...

No Cheri, you are not alone. I have a vague idea of the colors I want but sometimes they change along the way. That's when creativity takes over. I never know for sure until I'm almost finished what my background color will be. I aim to use wool colors that I have plenty of. JB

Kim said...

I never have all my colors/wool ready to go. Ever! I'm a "fly by the seat of my pants" hooker. Lol It amazes me when I see hookers have all their wool planned and stacked before they ever pull a loop.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Gals, I am glad I am not the only one.I will scrunch different wools up to my rug a dozen times trying to see how it looks. A fellow hooker told me to hook a couple strands of wool and then see if you like it. I am off on this rainy day to my rug hooking group. It meets every two weeks. Have a nice day everyone. I have good news! My friend Janet is back to our rug hooking group . I am happy to report she is breast cancer free they removed all the cancer and no chemo!
Prayers work,Cheri

Courtney said...

I plan some backgrounds, but others I just gather what I have. Mostly, I overdye a bunch of different fabrics and see what happens, then grab some similar pieces from the worm stash to add in. With my current rug, I dyed all the wool beforehand, but it doesn't have quite the variation of my last rug. I've mostly only used dark backgrounds and I'm looking for some good lights to try.
Courtney

Joanne said...

Hi Cheri - I'm a "by the seat of my pants hooker" too. I have something envisioned - sit to hook (me, I RARELY color plan - i know cringes from some strict hookers) and things change as I go. I do like to do some background as I go because it doesn't make it so daunting, but sometimes I just haven't decided what I want. I always use several wools in my background - same tones mostly but it gives it a "lift" That helps too if you do not have enough of one color. I do not overthink it either and rarely reverse hook - sometimes too much thought you end up pulling out again and again. If you start hooking and are unsure - always put a little bit of background around it (sometimes changes your whole feeling on the rug) and also "step away" from the rug - throw it on the floor and step back and look at it - Things look different from afar!

Not sure if any of this helps! Can't wait to see pics

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Joanne, I do believe hooking is a process sometimes the wool looks good next to the rug and then when you hook it falls flat. I do throw it on the ground and see what pops.Thanks Joanne for your help.Every rug is a challenge.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Courtney, That's a good idea too,Just got back from my rug hooking group and got some pecan shells for natural dyeing. I wih I could clone myself. I also bought some black milkpaint.Did I say too many projects! I have bought some good lights from The wool studio.Their good for using as is or overdyeing.Cheri

Anne's Original Hooked Rugs said...

I am one of those who do not plan colors and you should see 'color' when I run out...my blood pressure goes so high, my face is red...:)'

So happy to know your friend is Cancer free..it is not often we hear such wonderful news...

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Anne, I am glad I am not the only one that runs out of wool on their project. My friend is blessed that she didn't have to have the chemo treatments after her surgery.Have a nice week.Cheri LOVED your rug,