Some of you may wonder why I decided to design and hook risers instead of treads. These were my thoughts. There are pros and cons but when I added up the columns the risers came out on top, pardon the pun. Let me deal with the tread side first.
Treads will take a pounding and will have to be secured to the wood base; tacked or superglued; if they slip it could result in an unfortunate accident. Treads will wear and soil over time, not looking as great in a few years. Like carpeted staircases, it can result in tripping. Treads can only be viewed from the top of the staircase and you are upstairs less than down. Even if the only bathroom in your home is upstairs it is still only a few times up and down per day to view your beautiful handiwork. Treads lie flat on a surface are subject to overhead lights bearing down on then. Anyway who has a rug on their floor knows that over time they fade, not only from natural light through the window, but from lights on the ceiling.
The risers have the potential to be forever, well my forever that is, I can’t expect them to be unearthed several hundred years from now, intact and as colourful as the tiles they’ve recently found in an archeological dig. There is no direct light bearing down on them from overhead so they are protected as long as no window light is shining on them during the daytime. Risers don’t get any wear and tear. They won’t be soiled and if dust settles they can be removed and shaken for a quick refresh. If secured with Velcro along the top and bottom they will not come off or cause tripping.
You and others will see them from the downstairs area of your home. Not all company is privy to the upstairs and would miss viewing your incredible fiber artwork, but looking up the staircase can be a treat to someone seeing them for the first time. They are real show stoppers and conversation starters, I’ve found that out at the shop already with only four completed. When your walls are filled with precious artwork and collectibles, and the floors are covered in all those wonderful handmade rugs, the staircase offers a blank slate to add more fiber art. I hear more than not from long time rug hookers that rugs are rolled up in trunks and closets because of the lack of space to show them all, they do it because they love the process and feel sad to hide them away. Now you can take on a project that you have a spot for, look at it as one long runner in segments. If you don’t have a staircase in your own home, maybe someone you love does, hook for them, a gift that will keep giving for many years.
So these were my thoughts and the reasons I settled on risers.
Is anyone out there interested in a Riser of the Month Club? Let’s decorate our staircases together. I’m interested in writing a story about this journey and I would love others to come along with me.
One riser pattern a month is more than reasonable as they are small projects, easily hooked, sewn and installed in the time frame. Depending on how many steps you have, in six to twelve months you will add to the beautiful decor of your home. Pick and choose which risers you want out of all we offer and we will automatically send you one each month, and we are open to other suggestions as well if you wish to personalize your collection. We can either send you a linen pattern $39.95 or a paper one for $12.95. Let us know your requirement and we will custom it to fit. Let’s rise to this project together! I am interested to hear your thoughts.
Although I am concentrating on the Nautical line for the studio staircase, I am willing to hook one of the Country Charm Risers so you can get a sense of how lovely they can be. That beautiful country flavoured checkerboard on each side will work the same as the rope on the Nautical risers, your eye will be pulled up the stairs with a continuous flow of country charm.