This Padula rug was started last year and is my first attempt to create my own design. It is 19" X 38". I had never used monks cloth before and found it to be soft on the hands, but very stretchy. I stopped working on this for several reasons. The primary reason is that I'm not sure if I should leave the tongues on the edge. I had planned to do the inner row of tongues in darker colors from the rug, and the outer row in darker colors from the rug. I was going to surround each tongue with a thin row of the dark eggplant that I dyed. I don't like it! Another reason that I haven't gone back to this project is that I can't seem to find the background wool that I had! I think I overdyed it for another project! What to do!?!
I began this rug last fall when I took Susan Feller's class on Fractur's at the Hooked In the Mountains show in Vermont. It is 24" X 36". It was a huge challenge for me to create this design, but I like it. The side borders were adapted (copied? borrowed?) from a design by Debbie St. Germain (Woolen Sails). The class was three days, and I spent the first day figuring out my design. I spent half of the second day learning how to tranfer a design onto the background, and the rest of the time hooking. I stopped working on this because I had also started another rug at the same time and the busy holidays were approaching. It needs some tweaking and re-hooking in areas, such as the leg of the deer that doesn't look connected. I dyed all the wools and like the way they started to hook into the design.
This large "white on white" wool penny rug can't count for the challenge either. But it deserved finishing! It is 30" point to point on the long side. All I need to do is sew the completed top pennies to the background and finish the edge. I think I'll put this one in the basket next to my chair in the living room so I can work on it in the evening while hubby watches TV.
The wool in this rug was my first attempt at dying wool. The pattern was given to me by another rug hooker, and I do not know who the designer is. It was something she said she would never get around to making. Someone else showed me the rug on the cover of rug hooking magazine hooked by Gail Dufresne. I love sunflowers, so dyed the wool and started it. I used wool yarn for the center of the flowers. I have learned so much since I started this. One thing I can do now that I could not do then is hide the woolie tails! (Thanks Gene!).
This is our Turket Street rug that I designed. It is 36" X 26". It shows our little red Cape home, as well as our barn and the stone wall. The house was built in 1772, and the barn in the early 1800's. This was started for several reasons. I wanted to create our wonderful property on a rug. I had attended Deanne's workshop and wanted to play with textures, yarn and wool strips to show our fields and the sky in her style of artful hooking. The challenges in this rug "kicked my butt" and that is why I put it away for awhile. I don't like the way the windows look. The driveway is flat and needs to recede in the distance. The boulders in the wall are...I don't know...just not right. How do I make them look like a wall instead of looking as if they are laying flat on the ground? I think I need to learn a lot more before I continue on this rug. But perhaps if I choose it for the challenge I will learn as I go? After seeing some of these UFO's on the computer screen I am getting a different perspective on each of them. Now I just have to figure out which one to finish. And of course I didn't even mention my Old Glory eagle rug on this post!!!