Saturday, November 23, 2013

Humble Beginnings Update

Rug Border

The color plan calls for the darker version of Dot Ebi's formula (earlier entry) to be used in the border. Here is how it looks when hooked.  Now..... just need to finish hooking this border....

Friday, November 22, 2013

Something Different

Bracelet, 2013

Here's a bracelet made from some simple materials found at home and the local craft store. The 6 large beads are made of Sculpey, Fimo, and beads from a inexpensive package off the shelf.  The small spacer beads are from the same package. The polymer clay is baked in the oven at 275 degrees (instructions are on the package).  The beads are strung with elastic. The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Humble Beginnings

Lighter Brown Background
Following Dot Ebi's formula listed in the previous blog, I dyed (using Cushing Dyes) this spot on rust colored wool that I purchased from Dorr Mill.  The formula used salt, which I had not done before.  I was pleased with the result, but I'll probably go back to my white vinegar mordant.
 Here is how the background looks once it's hooked. This is an exercise for me.  I am following a color plan for this rug by teacher Peggy Hannum that appeared in the McGown Newsletter of May 2001.  Peggy completed this mat in 2000.  As I posted before, I've never begun a rug with a color selection completely planned by another artist. I like these results, but I can't help wondering... what would this have looked like with a deep royal purple background?.... would the yellow of the flowers with the complementary purple color be more striking?... would the yellow-green in the leaves and stems pop?