Monday, February 8, 2010
Welcome Rug Progress
I am finding I really enjoy the effect of the checkerboard stripes in the background. I find I do a much neater job if I work the lines vertically on my frame rather than horizontally. I had worked several squares before I discovered this. I think I also tend to pack a bit more than I should, so I am working on easing up a bit.
I have been following the challenge here on the internet by another hooking blog to hook at least 10 minutes a day. I will say that first 10 minutes is the most difficult as you have to make a decision to sit down and pick up the hook. Once I start, stopping becomes the issue. I enjoy it so much I have to tear myself away to get to bed.
One positive thing about the squares in the background--I always try to finish a square before I end for the day.
A couple of negative aspects to the stripes is the starts and stops required when you hit a motif in the middle of a square. I decided not to be anal about making sure every square started and ended exactly the same. I don't think it will show enough to worry about it, but the proof is always in the final product!
I have made enough changes on this rug, both from the outset to those made on the fly as I hook to give me the confidence to design my own pattern for my next rug. I am busy gathering ideas for it and the excitement of thinking about it motivitates me to get this one finished.
I am really loving the colors on this one, aren't you?