'Tis true, with 2 rugs not completely hooked and the Challenge rug ready for binding am already thinking about the next one to go on my frame. Hey, a hooker needs to be prepared, right?
During the winter months it is fun to either challenge myself or work on a rug which I know exactly how I want to hook it. My thoughts now are wanting to hook a piece with a variety of textiles like our foremothers used to do.
Since I have been a dollmaker have loads of homespun, calico and other fabrics including velvet. Some of that velvet is cotton and some is a man-made fabric. For sure it would require washing the velvet to get the sizing out and make it more flexible. Am thinking of cutting quarter yards of various colors and putting in a pot of Rit tan dye to tone it down a little.
Here are a few of the velvets in my stash. And YES, I see the orb in the fabric on top far right. Even went upstairs to check the fabric to be sure there wasn't a mill print or stamp on it. Nope, an orb and not sure if it is associated with the house or with that particular piece of fabric and can't remember where I purchased it....maybe the thrift shop.
If any of you have dyed or hooked with velvet would love to get your input. Can a cutter be used, does it need to be torn, can a #8.5 strip be used or cut wider? Am certain that for cottons it would require a wider rip than 1/4" and guessing velvet would be normal cut.
Also, if any of you are interested in joining in a challenge using a design of your choice that would be fun too. Of course still need to finish these other pieces hanging in the wings.
For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while you already guessed that I'd end up changing the foot of that dog....yup; you're right. Here is a picture of the update and still not bound.
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Again, have a great evening and a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.