If you were a bird... perched on a white wire fence in the garden.... on a hot summer day.... you perhaps would be ordering one juicy ripe strawberry to go for lunch! Oh my gosh! I LOVE how this rug turned out! I knew when it was only a figment of my imagination that it would have a hit-n-miss border... I envisioned the bird in brown with the red strawberry's. I just had to pick the right wools to do the job! So what do you think?
It's 15 inches round. A nice sized chair pad. ( oh maybe first I should tell you that YES! it is available as a paper pattern Yay! It's in my Etsy shop now... but wait...before you head up there I want to tell you a couple more things you should know about hooking this rug.
So.. a round chair pad 15 inches, but you could easily make it smaller to fit a smaller chair or just because you want it smaller by leaving off a couple of rows in the hit and miss border. I used a #8 cut strip in the border which is 1/4 inch so leaving off two or three rows would chop it down in size nicely ( to perhaps 14 inches if that is your desire).
Now as for the strip sizes I used in the rest of the rug:
The bird in #7
The strawberries, fence, bird legs, flowers and stems I used a #6.
But go ahead and use any size cut you are comfortable with. The wider the more primitive it looks.
Another thing, if you will allow me to voice my opinion here, is about using white wool in your rugs. That's right.... evil white wool. I seldom if ever use white wool in my rugs. In a case where you need a really light color value, as I did in this rug... the flowers, fence, etc. please use something that has a little color to it... the wool I used
is actually a light yellow plaid. You can't really see that in the photos. There was enough color in it to tone it down and not be so abrupt as a pure white.
These are the wools I used in the rug.
I love textures a lot when hooking, most of these are off the bolt or over-dyed like the green.
You may recognize the red stripe as a Heaven's to Betsy wool called Fortune Teller. I just ordered five more yards of it and plan on hoarding it for myself! LOL!! It really made that little bird in this rug sing!
So here I am blabbering on when I know you want to get up there and order the pattern! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your loyal support of me and my little pattern business!
Have fun hooking a little along with your gardening and summer fun!!