Friday, December 10, 2010

Floral Runner Rug Hooking Design

Where do the days...weeks...go!!! I was going to post this rug a month ago. I can't believe it's almost the middle of December already.
This is one of my designs...Floral Runner. I've been trying to find time to hook it since I first drew it up. (I won't mention how many years that has been!) I thought I'd snap pictures of it as I progress for those of you who are new to rug hooking.
I decided to see if I could hook a rug using only textures, no hand dyed or solid wool in this rug and I love the colors. Everything is a plaid, check or heather.
I was trying to find a brown vein for the leaf. I started with a medium brown and thought it looked fine but as I hooked more it seemed a little flat. I found a darker brown and hooked another vein. You can see the difference here. the darker vein looks far better...the leaf doesn't look 'flat' as it does with the lighter brown. It may be hard to see...I'm hoping it will show up better if you click on the photo to enlarge the image.

A little further along....Using a flash so the color is a bit brighter.

Here is some of the wool used in the flower. The gold on the left is the outline, the rust is the flower petals. I forgot to include the gold line in the petal. The medium brown is the outline of the flower center and the lime green plaid with the pink is the flower center.

I used a dark green and black houndstooth for the background and the narrow gold line is the same gold as the outline of the flower. I will continue the border with the green and black houndstooth.

(too be continued!)

Aren't the colors pretty! I chose these colors in the fall when the leaves were shades of orange, gold and red. As I was sitting out back in the screened in porch I could look up and see the exact same shades in the trees around me. Now it is all covered in white fluffy stuff!


Gayle said...

I love seeing the wool you hooked into your rug - it's always amazing how differently it looks!

Julia said...

Your rug and wool is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Great pattern. It's nice to see the before and after pictures of the wool and the hooked piece. JB

Sandi said...

hey, Faye! your work is simply beautiful...I love the colors!

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

So neat to see the "before and after" of the wool. This is the second rug I've seen today in these colors and I just love it. Can't wait to see it finished. :)

maryellenscrafts said...

Beautiful!!!! Thanks for showing us the progress.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

WOW- how fantastic- gorgeous color and texture...