I took a great rug hooking course this month in borders with Wendie Scott Davies. (Read here to see one of the things that happened at rug school and you will get an idea about how much fun we had.) At any rate, we were to bring the centre of a rug to class and spend the week designing and hooking a border. I started with this and over the last month have finished what I am now calling Crows’ Choice. It’s interesting how a rug develops. We had some discussion about whether this tree and branches are actually a border–I think they are, but just to fulfill obligations, I put a single line around the outside to create a ‘real true’ border.
The crows represent the two voices in my head: the one on the left critical and cautious, the one of the right full of ideas and ready to take a chance. They have an ongoing battle while I work my way through any creative project. The tree? Well trees represent many things, I’ll leave that to you. And the leaves are the ideas and creative projects, 13 of them, my key number.
I really enjoyed working through this process of hooking what is in my head. And whether that trunk and those branches make a border, I’ll leave that up to you as well. Finished hooked piece is 30″ x 17″ and once it cools down, (the weather, not the rug) I’ll dye some yarn in the same yellow for whipping.
It’s absolutely lovely!
Thank you Claire!
I like the buttery yellow background colour.
How interesting to see this rug grow from the inside out! It’s just great! I loved seeing Wendie’s hijinks in the Lone Star, too. Never a dull moment with Wendie around.
Thanks, Jill and Cindy. It was a fun rug to work on. The yellow is an off-the-bolt small check with lots of similar values from my remainder basket. I love that kind of play with colour and shape.
And yes, Wendie is a great teacher and sooo much fun.
Wendie Scott Davis
Wow – once again the rug exceeds itself. There are so many wonderful little things in here that are so very YOU. I would recognize this as your rug, even if I hadn’t been there for a good part of the gestation. The curly cue on the creative bird is a wonderful addition. And the curls on the leaves are your repetitive element (neither squares nor circles). Thanks for the single line border, but I think I will always use this rug as a teaching tool that says “borders can be on the inside”. Love this a lot!!!
Fabulous rug and I agree it is definitely you.
This is wonderful! I can’t believe you have it finished already!