I got back to hooking this weekend. We watched a marathon of Breaking Bad, we’ve had the four season DVDs for almost two years so it was time to get our money’s worth. A couple of friends had recommended it and although drugs and that lifestyle doesn’t appeal to me, there was great character development and I’m intrigued enough to look forward to the next three seasons.
I’m working on the U, as a tribute to our friends south of the border. This time, I’ve designed the letter to hold the interest instead of extras in the background. It was finicky work in the top half with #4 strips as the stars are quite small but I hooked the red and white stripes in #6. The entire rug will be dressed in red, white and blue. I would have more hooking completed but after dark, even with my Ott-lite, it was difficult to colour plan so I’ve brought it to work today to figure out all the placements and then I’ll blitz it again tonight. I’m on the fence about the background, either a solid blue or a mottled sky but I don’t have to make that decision until some of the motifs are hooked and then I’ll have a better feel for what will work.
The shop was very quiet on Saturday. It snowed all day so we didn’t expect anyone and Deb and I continued to work on patterns. I worked on a design that’s been several years in the making. When we renamed Charlotte, the gorgeous runner Sue Cunningham hooked in shades of Grey, I swapped it for Twenty Five Shades of Grey. I felt a little guilty so I promised I would design a new pattern after my dear departed friend Charlotte, who adored paisley. It was time to take this one off the back burner so I bit the bullet and finished the red dot and put it on linen. It took all day but I am very happy with the results. This design is called “Charlotte” and is 37 ½” x 64. It can be viewed on my new designs page. http://www.encompassingdesigns.com/new-designs.html
There was so much going on in the interior of this design that I kept the border simple and uncomplicated. The paisleys are a mirror image so this rug can be viewed from both ends or the sides depending on how it will be displayed.