Friday, January 23, 2015

Color Planning

As many years as I've been hooking I still feel out of my element in color planning a rug.  For Hannah's Hen (a Woolley Fox design) my first thought was to use the wool on the left for the background and the mixtures at the bottom for ground.  Hmmm, but maybe I want a more creamy background so threw the top wool in to take a picture.

Perhaps a little more hooking on the hen would be better for me to make up my mind.  Heck, I hadn't even fully decided which wools to use for the hen.  Some seemed too dark and others seemed too bright but had the textured colors.
So then I pulled a few more loops on Hannah and took another picture.  It is hard to see but I did hook a short row of the wool on the top right at the neck of the hen.  That row would be one of the two lights to the top that I'd be using and think I'll go with those.  The other more creamy stripe would be too close in value with what I want to use for the ground.......which is a combination of all or at least two of the wools below Hannah.  Still an UN-decided.
Check back to see what changes I've made because I'm not quite sure about the colors for Hannah's wing separation either.  Could go lighter could go darker? 
Hey, Barb Carroll, where are you when I need you?  I know you read my blog so feel free to chime in to me personally.  Wish I could go shopping in your wool collection and your knowledge was close at hand.  Anyway, I'll get my Barb Carroll fix in May and Deb and I are looking forward to it.
Have a great evening everyone, hope all of you (and me) in the area of the winter storm will be safe.  Thank goodness the 4 days without heat was this week and not next. 
And, as always, please be kind to one another.


  1. I always love seeing your projects and color choices, can't wait to see how they look together.


  2. I'm sure that your color choices will all come together beautifully. I wish I could help but i'd be hopeless with this.
    I managed to hook a wee bit this afternoon. At least I got my 10minutes in. I need to revive my old 10 minute a day habit of hooking like I used to do. I had a new heifer calf today.

    We are waiting for the snow storm too.

    Take care,

  3. You say you struggle with color choices, but you always make wonderful ones. I am envious of your skill! You'll probably be done with this one by next weekend, so what's they next project?
    So happy you have heat.
    Hugs :)

  4. I am shocked to read this your color planning is always spot on.
    We are not in for much at all tomorrow that makes me extremely happy.

  5. Love what you got going on with it right now. Especially like the gold; like rays of sun over a rooster in the morn.
    Like Lauren says, you'll be done in no time flat. Enjoy the warm as this next storm rolls in. Hoping for another good snow pack for the snowmobile trails.

  6. You always do a wonderful job of bringing it all together ! I will look forward to seeing this project progress !

  7. I just LoVe you color choices! It never looks like you struggle. I'm the same with fabric though for my quilts. I guess we probably all do at some time, right? It's an easy fix though if we don't like it:) just rip 'er out and start again. Looking forward to seeing the beautiful finish!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs. Marg.

  8. one of my favorite patterns...ah, don't you love to see Barb color planning rugs...been many years since I went to class with her...her basement is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world!


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