31 x 50, an antique design hooked by Barb Carroll.
I honestly have been thinking I should put this on sooner, like a month ago at least!!!!! However – the best laid plans – so here it is now.
I have had such a good time with this rug. Not been in any hurry, and not deciding anything in advance, except!!!! knew I wanted a dark cat, and that I wanted to use these “putty/taupe/beige background wools. Had a fun time with “Rosie” and then with the baskets (they were each hooked with a single stripe that sort of comes up “hit n miss”) with the flowers, then when I got to the background around Rosie I sort of let my hook and hands pull the wools for the puddles, shadowing and odd areas. Really think it looks old and worn and what a blast I had with it. Actually exciting to create this raggy/raggie background.
The bands of color in the area around “Rosie” give you the opportunity to create a very fun and imaginative border. I just sort of began. The first row seemed obvious as I had a neat taupe/red/black plaid and so I began hooking that in. Then turned out to be too busy for the whole area, so I just hooked four rows and then filled in the band with this neat darkish plaid. Sooooooooooooooo then what??????? I love this next wool and as I hooked it in thought “Hooray”!!!!!!! Thought the next wool should be sort of dark to pull in the Rosie Cat, but when it got to “heavy” for me I lightened it up with the previous wool. NOW – and next – one of my new most favorite things to do!!!!!!!! I pulled three wools similar in value – all checks – and sort of “mushed” them in the next band. This actually creates a NEW wool from three that you have in your stashes. Very fun, very primitive and very creative for you to do. What’s next????????? I think I know but we shall see when I start to hook it in.
This is sort of a “raggie/raggy look, very cozy, worn and comfy. As the old saying goes, “Try it, you’ll like it”! Or at least I think you will.
I am so excited!!!!!!! The wool in the photo is in the last hooked band on the rug. It is a super neat boucle which is one of “The Reunion Wools”. (One of the wools I bought and spent way to much money on when I went to a 50th High School Reunion.) The wool is sort of “bumpy and lumpy”. Not easy to hook and and not usually good in places this large. BUT!!!!!!! It worked!!!!!!! So now just the two last areas to hook and I will be finished. I have had a GREAT time with this rug.
Hooray!!!!!! All finished and boy did I ever have a blast with this rug. The last two bands are from a wonderful soft old red plaid and the corners are more of “The Reunion Wools”. If you look at the bands carefully you will see that they are not even and have an “oddness” hooked into them now and then. My mind and hook just “did it”!!!!!!!! Very much fun and you definitely throw out all of the rules – a great freedom. Sooooooooooo now I am “hooked” on “mush and raggie/raggy”.
I will be starting another rug in July – Boyertown Pups. I am very excited about this one too. Will be fun to hook and for you to read about.
Any questions?????? Just let me know. Hugs to all!!!!!!!!!!!