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Friday, February 5, 2016

Paint program

Lately I have been using the Paint program (a free program that comes with most computers) to help me with my color choices for my rugs. When designing and color planning the challenge rug, I used the Paint program and played with the color design and finally decided on my palette. 
First, I transferred the design to the computer and added a few colors. 

I continued to add colors until I was happy with the overall color placement. 

Next, I chose the background color which was black to make all the colors pop. 
Next, I added some additional pops of color with the circles and decided I was happy with it and began hooking it. 

I have been using the paint program more frequently and have found it really helps me color plan my rugs. You can instantly see if you like the colors and if not erase them and try new colors. Oftentimes color planning is the most challenging part of hooking a rug. So the paint program has saved me several hours of frustration. 
Thanks for stopping by, Maria

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Challenge Rug

I recently joined a hooking challenge through the Facebook Group, Out of Hand Rug Hookers. Lori Brechlin challenged the group, which is over 2000 strong, to design a rug based upon motifs she provided to the group. Motifs ranged from whales to mice. There were over 15 motifs along with the alphabet and numbers to use in the design of our rugs. The finished rug had to be 18 x 24 in size and we could only use motifs provided.
The rugs created by the challenge group, over 100,  were incredible and diverse. Some people used all the motifs while some (me included) chose just a few motifs to use in our rugs. 
For my design, I went simple. I used 3 Motifs, the rooster, heart and circles (which was the o in the alphabet). I enlarged the rooster to fill most of the rug. To give the rug a little more interest, I added the heart and circle. 
Now most of you probably wouldn't have guessed this was my rug because of the bright colors used. It was definitely outside my color palette but I really wanted to push myself to try something different at least color wise. 
To help me with my color choices, I used the program paint on my laptop. That will be the subject of another blog post.

Here is a small sampling of the rugs from the challenge just to give you an idea of the diversity and creativity of the participants. 
A Good Mouse is a Dead Mouse is Kris Miller's rug and it is wonderful.  From the saying to that little mouse on his back, I love everything about it. Kris chose the challenge motifs of the cats, mouse,  branch and alphabet to design her rug. 
The house rug is Alice Fraizer's and I am  smitten with it. I just love a dark background and primitive colors. For her motifs, Alice used the lollipop trees, house and bird.
Isn't Lauren Fuqua's rug wonderful as well?  The soft colors of her rug make me smile. Lauren used the lollipop tree, horse, bird, mouse, rooster, dog and cat in her challenge rug.
The final rug was hooked by Lilly and it too is awesome.  The scallop detail arround the border really sets off the motifs, which I love.  Lilly used the lollipop tree and peacock to design her rug. 

See what I mean about the challenge rugs?  They are all so unique and creative!  

Thanks for stopping by, Maria

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A New Halloween Rug

 I'm getting ready for a show in November and am getting some new fall patterns ready for it so haven't had time to hook any Halloween rugs. But this guy was calling me and I had to bring him to life. Here is a sneak peak of the little fella....
And here is how this little man started: 
A doodle. I love it when I'm doodling and something wonderful emerges. Hopefully, I'll have him done this weekend and offer a pattern and a kit. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sari Ribbon ~ have you used it?

I love Sari Ribbon and like to incorporate it into rugs every once in a while. The sheen and texture of Sari ribbon just adds a little flair  to a rug. For instance, in the pattern below, Sari ribbon was perfect to introduce to the witch's dress. Ann tied a bow and left the ends lie loosely on the dress. Clever!
Denise actually hooked the collar of the dress with Sari Ribbon and like Ann, let the ends lie on top of the dress adding additional texture to the rug.
Check out how this hooker used Sari ribbon in the border to creature interest and texture.
Here is a Closeup of the border. I love how the Sari  ribbon actually stands a little higher than the wool and really frames the rug nicely. Even though the Sari ribbon and wool are the same color, you can definitely tell that  the border is different and interesting.

Sari ribbon and yarn were worked together to create this adorable, colorful flower basket. See what I mean about Sari Ribbon?  It is just stands out.
Look how it is used here to create a ruffle in a dress. Love this!
Or here where it is used for the collar.
Sari Ribbon is perfect for this colorful rooster.

I purchase my Sari Ribbon from Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studio. Check out her awesome colors. 

 From Top to bottom. Sand, fuchsia, salmon, ruby, evergreen, olive, fig.

Top to bottom:  periwinkle, purple, smoke, spruce, teal, topaz, sapphire. She sells Sari Ribbon by the Hank, $7.50 and 1/2 Hank for $3.75 and as you can see, she has some wonderful colors to choose from. You can contact her at Spruce Ridge Studios

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Another rabbit

I just finished this little guy and love how sweet it is.

My obsession with turquoise worked its way into a rug. The tiny hits of it just speak to me.  I will definitely be using bits of it here and there in rugs to come. Do you have a color that you always like to hook into rug?

And as always had to add a little purple (eye) to rug. 

It is available as a pattern 10 x 13 ~ $23 and kit for $45 plus shipping. 

Here is a sneak peak of a rug that is on my frame. I'm in love with this pattern, Fawn, SpringBean, and can't wait to finish it.

See the turquoise?  Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Meet Mister Britches

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Little Betty Lou needed a partner so Mister Britches was created. To court her properly, Mister Britches is dressed in his Sunday best and picked a single blue tulip for her. Will she fall for his charm and debonair attire?

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Mister Bridges is 11 x17 and sells for $25 plus $3.00 for shipping.  I can do a small number of kits for Mister Britches (almost  out of the wool for his britches) for $60.00 -$70.00 (cut wool) plus shipping. Have a great weekend. Maria 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"The Gatherer"

Yes, this is another one of the rugs that I started last year and now have moved into the finished pile. Can you give a WooHoo! 

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The closeup picture below gives you an idea of how many different colors of wool I use in my antique dark backgrounds. I have a big clear plastic bag full of dark worms and I just grab and hook. Not a lot of thought put into mixing the colors for the background except to always include lit bits of purple.  I just love adding purple to the background for that little spark of color.

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This sweet little gather (do chicks gather, Lol?) is 7 x 10 and is available for $15 for the pattern plus $3.00 shipping. I can also make a small amount of kits for $25 plus shipping.  Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

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