Making a quick post as I eat my lunch at my desk today. :-)
When I was sick, one thing I found was that rug hooking was really relaxing and something I could focus on. So, one day, I finished my little wool rug! It turned out pretty well (for a beginner), I think. (Sorry, the afternoon sun was pretty bright the day I took these photos.) I still need to learn more about what direction to hook the wool. I'm not sure I understand the rules (if there are any) about when you make a change of direction. I just kind of went with the flow.
I will show it to you from a few different angles. I think it's kind of interesting to see it from different angles. I need to work on the consistency of the height of my loops. You can see from this photo, I kind of have some low spots. In some areas, I did really well with consistency of loop depth. In other areas....not so much! Haha!
You can see some of the low spots here, too. But all in all, I'm really happy with it. Now, I need to learn to finish it and bind it. I will need another class from Nancy at the Hen House to learn that. (Oh, bummer. Have to make a trip to a wonderful shop!) I'll have to figure out how to do that, now that I'm back in the office full time. She doesn't typically do classes on Saturday, I think,
Last time, I forgot to show you the back, so I thought I would this time. Here is how the bak of the rug looks. I think it's not too bad. Mostly, I did a good job keeping the loops neat and taught. I think there must be a few that are a little loose or something (where it looks bumpy).
I got a little nervous hooking the tan wool. I thought I was going to run out. I had about 1/2 a strand left at the end! Wow! That was close. (And yet, I have enough red wool left to make about two more birds! Strange!)
My kit came with some wool for the back of this (as this is actually supposed to be a wall hanging that fits inside a grapevine wreath---but Sweet Pea is counting on this as a rug for her American Girl dolls--haha--she was thrilled when I finished it and complimented me on how pretty it was--so sweet!). I'll be interested to learn how to attach that.
I feel good having finished this so far. I'm excited for Michigan Fiber Festival in August. Last year, when I was there, there was a woman selling kits for Halloween rugs I just loved. I didn't dare buy one, since I didn't know how to make them yet. I hope she's there this year. But I'm afraid she won't have them any more. I think she was clearancing them. I'll be so bummed if I can't find one. (Nancy, if you are reading this, what is the name of the woman you thought I needed to look for?) I really want to get one. I'm going to be on a mission for that at the festival.
Hope you are having a great day.
Until next time,