….sometimes that is hard in rug hooking, but it’s getting easier all the time.
While I was at “Rugs on the Rocks” in Maine I started working on a footstool pattern. The template came from Kim Nixon and my husband drew the design.
I’m working this in very bright….almost neon colors at some points. Not something you see a LOT of in rug hooking. My colors are more vivid than they appear in this picture…when I have time I’ll take some close-ups for you.
I’ve found that a lot of people have a hard time coming up with something to say about the rug because of the colors. “nice design”, “how unique”, “is that your own design?” are some of the comments that other rug hookers have made.
Then, there are a few, who truly love the colors…..are they secretly wanting to use bright and bold colors in their rugs, but are not yet brave enough to use them? Or do we need “someone” to give us license to use the colors that we really love?
So why am I writing about this today? It all started when I got a friend request on “The Welcome Mat”. It was from another rug hooker who is using bright colors in her rugs….I went to look at her rugs…..LOVED them…..then I went to read her blog postings.
I felt her struggle as well.
It’s been on my mind for several years actually…..not just the bright colors, but colors that are outside the “norm” for rug hooking. By the “norm”, I’m talking about antique and primitive rugs (don’t get me wrong…. I LOVE the colors in the antique rugs….red/brown/green is one of my favorite old color combinations that I’m always drawn to and like to hook).
When I first “explored” hooking with colors that were not “old” it was by hooking a rather pastel rug….I loved it and I felt like it was “me”. Not me trying to be “someone else”. So, this year, as you see my rugs, you’re seeing more of “me”…..maybe what you expect, maybe not.