The bird rug is hooked! After finishing the background, I ended up hooking the wing in a mill dyed black. (cut on my new Rigby wool cutter) I'm not sure if I'm crazy about the solid black, but it will do for now. I wanted a really primitive, folk art piece, so the black fits into that color scheme. Now to block it, then do the binding. I'm thinking of binding it with the same wool as the edging and bird, the spot dyed grey/black wool. There's not enough of this wool left over, so I'll have to dye up some more. As I look at the photo of the background beiges, it's not as defined as this photo ~ it's more subtle. I outlined the bird and borders, then worked my way into smaller sections, slowly going inward until all the area is covered. (just what I do for punch needle) I think on the next rug I will hook it with more rows on the bird outline (or whatever picture I'm trying to outline). Just so much to learn on rug hooking.
I won a giveway on Ann's blog http://aholeinthebasketprimitives.blogspot.com/. I can't wait to get the adorable rug pattern, especially now that I have a wool cutter. Thank you SO much, Ann!
This week was the first full week of school. I haven't worked this many hours (or should I say, worked outside the house) in 16 years. Needless to say, I was tired, and my feet were tired. With 27 kindergarteners in the class there's just not a lot of time to sit. I'll have to search around for some comfortable shoes with good support. Glad I didn't go and buy any cute, even if they hurt my feet shoes. But, it gives me an excuse to sit on the couch with my feet up, and do some rug hooking in the evening.
The weather has been hot here the past couple days ~ way too hot and humid. I'll be glad for the cool down when it's only going to be 60 degrees on Monday. That will feel down right frigid!
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
~*~ Laura ~*~