Monday, April 25, 2011

Mixed feeling in a Hooked Rug

Ok so I made this announcement to the world to finish my big rug on Tuesday. So Easter Sunday as we waited for the ham to cook I sat hooking away. It was the most relaxing Easter I have experienced in a long time. When we came home after the long drive from my daughters I got to work . My husband just smiled as I watched T.V.and worked away Sunday evening.


Maybe we just need to announce to the world were on a deadline and maybe that’s what I needed. Since I have so many interests I feel like a packet of seeds scattered everywhere. So I finished my hooking on my rug and then I felt a little let down on how it turned out.

 Binding is next
 All of us hookers in our group made the same pattern. I was trying to use colors similar to another hooker Donna who made a really nice primitive version of the pattern. I didn‘t have the same wools as Donna so how could my rug look like hers? That’s what is so interesting about hooking everybody can have the same pattern and yet their rugs look so different by color selection .Have you ever just gotten to the point you have a love hate relationship with a rug? I am o.k.with it I am just not really happy with it. I envisioned it different and Oh well I am just not sure. I need to move on and accept it’s done.One of the things I don't like it's a little too busy.I think I don't like the black speckled background too.It does look better in the dark with my blue walls in the bedroom.Lol Cheri

17 comments:

acorn hollow said...

Well I love it color and all. when I purchase a rug that has a snapshot of it finished I throw it away. I want the rug to be mine.I want the vision. maybe that is why you are let down because you were trying for a certain color. Each rug is a journey and you learn along the journey. Love it as it is as it is just lovely
Cathy

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Cathy, Every Rug is different it is a color challenge using what you have at the time. I like the idea of tossing the picture. Maybe that will be a little more freeing. Thanks, Cheri

Rugs and Pugs said...

Cheri ~
I think your rug is just perfect! I want to hook that some day. I just love Maggie's patterns!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Kim said...

Cheri, I really like your rug. But I do understand those feelings. Sometimes when I get 3/4 finished it's not looking like in my head I get disappointed. My favorites are ones where I have no expectations.

Larkrise garden girl said...

I am starting to think maybe this rug is my Scattered Life rug. When I started it I was making it for the front room in a different house in the city wanting dark primitive colors.Then my daughter wasn't pregnant.Now she is a couple months away from delivery.I have been hooking it all through her difficult pregnancy. I now want it in our bedroom instead of the living room.I was moving back to Crest and hooking as I had a chance kinda hit and miss. My rug is finished in our new old house back in Crest. Maybe that's why I have all the different colors my life has been scattered much like my rug. That makes me feel much better,Smiles Cheri

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Kim , I think I wanted more darker colors but for some reason I wanted more color too.A rug this big it's not like you can rip it out as easy. I think I will like it better as it gets more faded.Cheri

Toni aka irishlas said...

I love your analogy of your life-a seed packet! Oh, boy, can I ever relate to that!

Courtney said...

Cheri,
I think all art reflects what is happening in our lives. I found that to be true with writing...even if I was writing a kid's mystery, I somehow got my "stuff" in there too. It was uncanny! I totally suffer from the love the rug/hate the rug. I feel that now about my cat rug. But, I also have promised to donate it to the auction this weekend...so I'm very nervous! But, I feel I could have hooked it so much differently. I think Cathy said it well--to just think of each rug as journey!
I think your rug looks very good--nice antique quality to the colors.
Courtney

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Toni and Courtney, After sleeping on it my hubby made the observation bind it an hang it then see how you feel.Men and their common sense.
Life is a seed packet I think and sometimes everything comes out the same and other times it's a different experience then you thought. I have had a crazy couple years come to think of it. Courtney your rug will do fine it looks wonderful.! Good luck on the auction!I am going to my hooker group today I wonder what they'll think. Cheri

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

I love Maggie B's patterns and I love your interpretation of this one! Your colors have a painterly quality to them!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Alice, I have been fretting about this one. Cheri

Julia said...

Your rug looks fine to me. It looks primitive and something like my grandmother would have made using what she had available, Sometimes we are our worst critique. It's lovely. JB

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Julia, I am a primitive rug hooker so that's what I want it to look like. I am going to bind it this week and hang it and then see it
on the wall and see if I am happier with it. Cheri

Joanne said...

I know just what you mean about the feelings on your rug - I often have them. We start out with a vision and it doesn't translate but sometimes we get something better. Get it bound and sometimes just seeing it bound changes the whole look of it again! And remember you can always hook another one or gift this one or donate if it truly does not sing to you!

I like it - nice prim colors!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Joanne, I think that I was trying to make it pop but it popped all over the place. Lol
Rug hookers are the most supportive people.Cheri
with a smile.

Julia said...

Cheri, thanks for your prayers. I live on the banks of the beautiful St John River in Fredericton New Brunswick.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Julia, I am thinking of you! I am watching the weather on the internet. Flood worrys are like our wildfire danger.I know how you feel! Hugs Cheri