Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Framed Rug is Finished!

Picked up my "Saratoga" rug from the frame shop on Saturday, and overall, I'm pleased with the results. Here is a photo:

A good tip if you are thinking of framing a rug: Be as careful as possible when steaming to square off your corners. Diagonal corner to corner measurements should be the same. Although my hooking was straight, the "give" in the burlap caused the measurements to be off. Luckily the framer was able to stretch it. But, as you can see, it is slanted a bit, although not as much as the photo shows. I fooled around with the rotation tool in photoshop, which caused a bit of the distortion.

Keep in mind also, that framing is an expensive finishing option. Given where I want to hang it, framing was the best option.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Working away on my "Silent Night" rug and thanks to a container of worms, it is coming together nicely. I'm always stashing worms away for future use, but rarely think to use them.

Well, that has changed on this rug. Found a whole bunch of green strips in various shades that have been perfect for the vegetation in this rug. The brown in the cattails is left over from the brown in my garden rug.

Also, I organized all the worms into different boxes according to color. Perfect!!

Here is an up-to-date photo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hooking Slowly

Since taking the "10-Minute Challenge", I've found that along with hooking a lot more, I'm also hooking quite fast. Although I'm getting so much more done, I've not been pleased with the look of my loops. So, this week, I'm endeavoring to hook more slowly and more deliberately. The result has been more uniform loops and better spacing of loops.

I'm working on "Silent Night" and wanted to show you some of my progress. Here is a photo of the rug to date along with a closeup of the angel.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New Rug

Well, my Saratoga rug is finished. I'll be taking it to the framer's this week, and I'll be excited to see the rug all framed and hung.

I've started a new rug. It's called "Silent Night" and is a design of my sister, Marian Ross. Here is a picture of the pattern.

I've completed the angel and will post a picture of that soon. Not quite sure what I'm doing with the rest of this rug yet. I'm taking the approach of hooking each section as it comes. I have a general color scheme in mind, but no wool has been selected yet. I normally like to have everything figured out before I start, but I'm flying by the seat of my pants with this one!! Wish me luck!