I know it's crazy but after not having a rug on the frame for so long I decided to start one on Monday! What better way to keep ones mind occupied on something other than the intense heat outside than some intense designing and color planning a new rug( in the AC of course). One of my rug hooking students requested a design with horses so this is what I came up with. It is based on an antique rug from the 19th century and is a runner that measures 11 by 30 inches.
I also decided to try a new binding method called the Doris Eaton Edge. Maybe you have heard about it and watched the video on You Tube. If you haven't well HERE is the link and I suggest you give it a try on your next rug. It is super easy and is a nice looking and durable binding. The only draw back that I encountered was having to decide what color I wanted the binding to be before I actually hooked the rug. I usually wait until I'm done hooking to make that decision because as you know the color of this type of binding can effect the overall look of the rug. Well not wanting a silly little thing like that stop me from trying this exciting new binding method I forged ahead and made the choice of navy blue. One of the horses in the rug is blue.
I still haven't decided on a couple of colors for the background yet. Hence the title of my post.... Lucy Blue.... where are you?
Last Thursday I placed an order for the new wools just released by Heavens To Betsy. One of the wools I ordered is named Lucy Blue. I'm not sure but I think that wool may be the perfect blue for part of the background in this rug. The only problem is Lucy Blue is still making her way here on a truck and is probably spending a hot night or two on the Ohio Turnpike with all the other packages westbound from Claverack, New York!
I'm at the point now where I need that wool to decide if it's the right one before I can progress any further on this rug! If you know me..... the hooking maniac from hell ( stayed up til 3:00 am this morning hooking and trying to decide on colors) I'm going crazy not being able to continue because the wool isn't here!
Maybe it won't be the blue I'm after but it's really hard to tell from the little 2 inch square of it on the sample sheet.
So tomorrow I'll be watching for that UPS truck to pull in the drive-way and hopefully Lucy Blue will be all rested up and ready for her trip through the hot wash cycle in my washing machine. For as quick as you can say Lucy Blue.... where are you?...... I'll be running her through the Townsend!
To be continued........