Thank-you Catherine for sending this picture! I remember you both!
Two gals sauntered in to check out the shop. Nancy spied the large Celtic rug lying on the table and said she would love to hook something like this for her daughter, and soon to be Celtic heritage husband. She'd never hooked before but the design inspired her enough to start. She only needed two of the knots and I said I could adapt the pattern and make it smaller, but large enough for two people to stand on; just give me about 25 minutes I said!
I'm a sucker for a romantic story and was excited to help Nancy contribute the wow factor of this wonderful, thoughtful gift. I whipped it up on the fly and then helped colour plan the rug. Coincidentally I had a large plaid skirt in my private stash that was the soon to be son-in-law's family tartan...sorry I can't remember the name but it had lots of blue, green and red with a bit of gold.
The focal point, the knot, was done in a three value Heart Red. The edges of the knot were first outlined in the darkest value, the red herringbone, and then filled in with the second value of the medium red solid. The inner part of the knot was also outlined and then filled in with the lighter of the three value red solid, making the contrast such that the knot just pops. The background of each knot was done in a deep royal blue as well as a border around the outer gold line. You can never go wrong with primary colours. Then the rest was done in the plaid.
I can just visualize the young couple standing on this rug declaring their love and making a lifetime commitment to each other. They will be figuratively tying the knot while literally standing on them. How poetic.
These Celtic designs are an extension of the original Celtic Snowflake chair pad. As you can see from the there examples it is beautiful in any colour palette. These patterns can viewed on the site by clicking the link on my Signature Designs and scrolling down to the Celtic section:
This note just came in from Nancy, mother of the bride!
Dear Christine: I see my dear friend Catherine, beat me to the punch. The wedding was in New Orleans (Jackson Square) And as you can see I did finish the mat for my daughter and her Husband to stand on. I gave it to them at a shower which was held the week before. They were so delighted.!! I can’t thank you enough for taking the vision I had in my head, and putting it on the canvas. The wedding was such a BLAST. We had a reception when we got home, and the kids chose to display the mat under the guest book. They say there is no way it is going on the floor, (with there 3 dogs) So I guess it will be a wall hanging. They are now Jessica & Alex MacKenzie. I think I might have the hooking bug, So I’m sure I will be making another trip to Mahone Bay . THANKS AGAIN Nancy Weir