Plaids offer a great opportunity for colour planning. They can sport every colour needed down the various strips. I'm having a real love affair with plaids and the feeling intensifies each time I use them.
In this particular plaid there is a mossy green, bright blue, cranberry and a gold that might be too subtle to see but its there. I'm a hooker, not a photographer!
The trees are hooked with a blend of the various dyed colours from the plaid palette and the light background was the request of the customer. Chris had hooked the original design, the long table runner, with the same tree motifs and decided that she would like to hook a round version. I designed a 30" round pattern with two of each of the four trees.
Chris hooked the background in a very interesting way. If you look at the pictures closely you will see it is all straight lines but in a tent style, starting at the center and fanning out to the border in four separate quadrants. Interesting and effective in that sometimes hooking in a circle can cause the rug to buckle. This assured the fibers would be pushed out toward the border and not create unfortunate rippling or cupping. Clever idea Chris The instructions I wrote in the kit said to hook the background higgly piggly but she wasn't sure what that meant so did her own thing. That was a good lesson for me as I would not have thought of it but now think "It's great! Chris suggested this pattern would make a lovely tree skirt and I agree....maybe with other motifs in between the stylized trees such as candy canes, ornaments and all things Christmas. Hmmmm.....