Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just When is a Rug Done?

Usually a rug is considered finished after all the loops have been pulled, steamed and bound in whichever manner we choose.  But then sometimes we decide it isn't quite done yet. 

This rug below I hooked in 2011 and it has been rolled up until yesterday when I hung it on my bedroom wall.  As I'm looking at it wonder if it would look better to have a narrow needle felted line along the top of the roof.  Hmm, you can tell the difference between the sky and roof .....
........but let's see what it looks like with a quick lopi needle felting around the top.  It is only temporarily there just for me to see if I like it or not.  Guess it really isn't needed.
The design is called "July Cabin" by Barb Carroll.  It was a free pattern (to be enlarged) in this book.
This is what the design was intended to look like but as you can see I took liberties to make the design for me.  For easier comparison I've posted my version just below this picture.
I changed the flags on the trees to various colors of fall type leaves, changed the direction of the smoke since I wanted my rug smaller.  Instead of having the trees in pots made mine look like they were in the ground, removed the cat on the roof and added more stars.

The sheep were hooked using Icelandic Lopi and that is what I needle felted along the top of the roof.  Think I'll live with the lopi across the roof for today but maybe the rug really was done when I first thought it was done.

Am still pondering what will go on my frame next.  Looking thru Barb's book gave me more to choose from as it had been a while since opening the book.  BUT, there are already lots of Woolley Fox designs, a Karen Kahle pattern, Maggie Bonanomi design and more than I can remember that are in drawers here.

Have a great weekend, stay warm and be kind to one another.



  1. The felted lopi is reflecting the light of the moon on the roof and I like it. I'd say, this rug is finished...

    After all it's your creative juices that makes this your creation. The wind was blowing in a different direction just like it's doing here today with a big snow storm again.

    I don't hook as much as I would like but I have to hook my own pattern for some reason. I get a sense of satisfaction from putting my own idea on backing.

    Stay warm and happy.

  2. I would love to learn this someday. Beautiful!

  3. I like your version so much better!!! Anxious to see what will be next on your frame.
    Hugs :)

  4. I love your version, much more prim and something I would use in my house.


  5. I just received Barbara's book this week and trying to decide what to hook. I really like Watching over Ewe. When I was looking at the book I felt like I knew Barb through your descriptions of her and the Woolley Fox. I would love to see her house. I do like your version of the July Cabin. When I was looking at that pattern I love the cabin and the potted trees but the flags were really stretching me.LOL


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