Fiber craft- Rug hooking, Spinning, Felting, Knitting, Crochet and whatever else I can think of....
Monday, February 9, 2009
Dragon Day 8
I've almost got the left side of the mat done. Just one more border or so. I got a lot more hooking done yesterday than I though I would. I got to hook at the Guild meeting and then when I got over to my daughter's to work on my laundry. The dryer isn't working that great and takes a while to dry a load of clothes so I got a lot done before I lost the light outside.
Debe in TX wrote me asking how I was getting an impressionistic look to my rug. The question kind of floored me as I was not going for that kind of look at all and if it looks that way it was totally accidental, though I am suspecting it might be because I am using a camera phone to take my pics and then run them through my Paint Shop program to lighten and clean them up before I post them. I know everyone likes this rug but I'm not real happy with it as it is not as detailed and clean lined as I would like it to be. It's sort of fuzzy focus to me because I am using just strips and not yarn or fleece where I can get sharper edges and details. Maybe if this had been done in 2 or 3 cut I would have been happier. Or if this mat had been larger and the center design had been larger I could have gotten better detail.
The basket weave outer border is made up of 5-6 different fabrics, most of them tweeds, and plaids or have some texture. They came from some coats and one skirt and aren't dyed. The dark green on the border is a green plaid with gold running through it cut 1/4" wide. I think I'm adding a row of cream then another row of gold to finish that side. With luck I'll get this done by the time I go to my meeting with the local rug hookers on Thursday. I had hoped to get some hooking done this afternoon but looks like I have do grocery shopping with older daughter today.
62, Mother of 7, grandmother of 9 so far. Fine and commercial artist, crafts person of multiple crafts for 40 plus years. I process wool and other fibers from raw, card. com, dye with food dyes, spin on a German modern wheel, or on handmade spindles. I also wet and needlefelt, knit and crochet, sew, bead, doll and toymaking, and used to design cross stitch patterns for my company FanXstitch and for Stitcher's World Magazine.