Week 13 is in the books! It was a background week. I thought I might finish the center background, but I didn't make it. More on that later. Here is the overall shot for this week...
At the end of the previous week, I was experimenting with the idea of beading the stem that runs right through the green and turquoise section below (using the green and turquoise for the beading). My concern was that it would not show up when both side colors were hooked in. Well, I was right - it didn't pop. I took it out and replaced it with a dark color. I used the same dark color on the outer dividing lines of this two-toned section - and that effect I like very much!
In Susan's original design, not all of those pairs of little leaves coming off the stem are lined up quite as symmetrically as you see here. I hooked them exactly as drawn first, but the "opposite" color effect was difficult for the eye to make out in the pairs that were not symmetrical - think optical illusion followed by mild headache. So I rehooked, lining them up symmetrically, and the headache went away! If I had made this section all one color (not two-toned), I would have left the pairs of leaves as originally drawn - more visual interest.
The other background area this week is just below and around the horse. That triangular section behind the red heart, lavender stars, and little orange petals was TEDIOUS!!!
I've been going through lots of "stuff" in an effort to accomplish the dreaded "downsize". One treat of that effort was finding this cute glass bunny packed away. (I have way too many bunnies.) I immediately thought of using him somewhere in my little rug room - surely he could fulfill some crucial need and be saved from the dreaded "downsize". Ta-dah! Here he is holding my bent handle scissors as though that is his One Purpose in Life! The finger hole end of the scissors sits right out there where they can be grabbed quickly and the business end is safely inside his hollow body! I don't know how I have gotten along without this all these years!
Next week's post will be on Sunday instead of Saturday. We are heading back to the Flint Hills next weekend for a few days to photograph the prairies fires - weather permitting. I'm taking the rug - so with any luck I will be finished with center background and working on the border this week! Wednesday is the monthly meeting of the Woolhawks here in my home town - so it should be a good week for hooking.
Now back to my downsizing...ugh.
See you next SUNDAY!
Happy Spring and Happy Hooking!