Jacobean flowers are so fanciful with all the colors and vines winding in and out. I have to say creating this rug has been a blast. It will be almost 4 foot long when finished. I had it all sketched out but when I got near the top portion I made many changes so please ignore my scribbles. I’m thinking of a solid black for a background to make it all pop. I can definitely see doing another in a smaller version for a chair pad.
After picking wildflowers that randomly came up along the woods in my yard and laying them in a basket gave me the idea this would make a nice rug. My intentions were, I thought, pretty good. A nice bunch of flowers in a basket. Yes, I like that idea.
In my stash of wool I have a beautiful cloth that depending on how you look at it is a deep blue or a deep green. It all depends on the light. It would make for a perfect background.
I drew my design up on my cloth and started. I wasn’t at all like the wildflowers I imagined them to be. Rip it out…..start over…..the flowers were to stout and thick…..the basket too large and clunky looking…..maybe an urn? a clay pot?……rip it out and begin again. This poor cloth can’t take much more!
Backgrounds for me are tedious as they don’t change much. I added some movement but it didn’t have the subtlety I imagined sooooooo…..another change in the making. This poor cloth can’t take much more!
I now have the flowers I wanted all along.
Next up, a border….tongues?…..leaves?…. or a combination. I will have to dig deep into the recesses…..or maybe I’ll just wing it!!
I’ve been busy dying wool & spinning Moire thread for a friend. I have to say when I look at the very first wool I spun (yes, I saved it) that was bulky, chunky and so unevenly spun to getting down to the nitty gritty of spinning thread that I am floored at my progress. I’ve been at spinning less than a year, self taught, still learning and wondering what my next adventure in spinning will be. Maybe there’s some Art Yarn in the near future, maybe a Penny Rug or Punch Needle? I think we are all like that, the projects just keep lining up!