A Finished Rug & Some Spring Art Batts
Stop the presses. Pour yourself a glass of champagne. Pour ME a glass of champagne.
Today is a wonderful day. Yes, the sun is shining. Yes its fairly warm for late February. And yes, Spring is only 21 days away.
But that's not enough for press stopage and champagne pouring. The real news of the day is that I have finished my chicken rug!
The chicken rug that I started at the Ohio Rug Camp, way back in April of 2011.
Now "finished" is a relative term when applied to hooking rugs. I have finished hooking my rug, but I haven't trimmed the edges and put on the binding tape yet. Then I would be FINISHED, finished. But as far as I'm concerned, I'm finished!
This is a Joanne Gerwig design, from Woodcrest Rug Designs. I'm also hooking her Sheep in Sunflowers rug, but its not anywhere near as completed as this one and I have vowed to show no pictures of it until its done. It's a game I'm playing with myself. I think the no-picture thing will really show me -- and force me to work on it more. We'll soon see if I've fooled myself with that ploy.
Today's rare February sunshine is certainly putting me in the mood for Spring's arrival. I was working at the drum carder, looking out a sun-filled window, and dreaming of planting and working the soil.
It must have inspired me to card spring colors because everything I worked on today was bright, bright, bright!
I'm usually a fan of autumn colors but no sir, not today. Today was a grab you by the throat and shout to the world that Spring is coming kind of day. Just look at the bright, bright orange. Mixed with yellow and purple. What has come over me! Never in my right, autumn-toned mind would I mix yellow, purple and orange. And yet it works. It works quite well.
And then purple. Mixed with red, hot pink and Sparkles. Oh yeah, this is definitely a Spring Fever day. I don't think it has ever before occured to me before to put red, purple and hot pink together. Not to mention sparkles. But I like it. It's a happy art batt.
And so is this coral and sea foam green. I'm telling you, Spring is messing with me big time. I have never uttered the words sea foam green in my entire life and yet, there it is. Pretty as a picture.
I'm telling you, I really am an earth tone kinda gal. And yet, even when I tried to make an earth tone-ish kind of art batt, look at what happened:
Vibrant, shiny golds, corals, oranges, greens and browns. It looks like a fiber sherbet party.
And I love it. I want to pull the spinning wheel out right now and spin a skein full of sherbet.
But I think I'm going to take myself outside and drink in a great big dose of sunshine.
It's not everyday I finish a rug . . . or card sherbet art batts.