This is somewhat of a repost... but I added a few more photos of the rug hanging over the fireplace. At the end of the post I've added a photo of the two wools I used in the background per Diane's request.
Time to light a candle in celebration. The binding is complete. American Floral is now hanging over the fireplace.
Funny how putting something different on the wall leads to the cleaning and rearrangement of the entire room.
The summertime mantle.
I added a few photos for Lauren ... :-))
I made the binding from black wool. It is 3 1/2 inches wide and I had to sew some strips together long enough to go around the rug. All hand sewn on. I plan to do a tutorial on how I bind my rugs.... don't hold your breath though... you know how long everything takes me!
Thank you all for your kind comments and emails.... Diane... I will run a photo tomorrow of the wools I used for the background!! Promise! ( photos now added... see below)
The photo below shows the two wools I used in the background of American Floral.
The striped one is a Rebecca Erb wool called Norma's Magdalena Stripe. The dark gray wool is from Heaven's to Betsy called Mighty Mouse. I'm hoarding both wools of course! LOL!
The swirly affect was easy to achieve. I drew the swirls using a felt tip marker onto the linen pattern in the places I wanted them to be. I hooked the swirls in the dark gray wool and then hooked around them filling in the background in this manner. In places I filled in with only the darker wool, as in around the vase. I think it gives the rug an old look and of course more primitive.
Of course I'm pleased to answer any questions you may have in regards to hooking.
You are all so very kind and I appreciate so much your compliments on the rug! My head is much bigger today! LOL!
Raining here today and muggy!
And I have to dye more wool.... ugh!!!