Do you ever got off track? All week I've been thinking about my border for my Tall Ship rug, should I bother with a border or shouldn't I? I saw a post this week of a background completely reversed hooked. It looked wonderful and I thought, hey, I could reverse hook my border! So I finally decided on two things, one there will be a border and two the color, blackish grey. I made a new color I'm calling Volcanic Ash. I just love it.
The ladies in my rug hooking group have been making cushion/pillows since before Christmas, using some wonderful slip covers purchased from the Dollar Store no less. I was doodling one evening and drew out a page of ideas of what I'd like to hook on a pillow. Next thing I know I'm at the Dollar Store purchasing a bunch of the slip covers. A lot of the ladies were using linen backing for their pattern and then whipping it to the slip cover when done. I thought the fabric of the slip cover was perfect for hooking so I got right to work. Hence the question 'getting off track'. Doesn't take much to get me off track but in my mind, I needed to 'practice' the reverse stitch I wanted to do first on a pillow cover before going to town on my Tall Ship rug.
I wanted to do a reverse stitch all the way around the pillow edge. I see now why the ladies hooked a piece first onto linen, it was a bugger to hook with a hoop and then no hoop trying to get around the edge of the slip cover. I could have taken apart the slip cover but then that would have meant sewing it back together and sewing and I do not get along. We have a history...
Yesterday I wanted to dye up swatches of all 12 colors of the color wheel using the Wooly Mason Jar method which I love. In addition I dyed up the lovely Volcanic Ash and I got a few surprise colors out of my jars that I wasn't expecting and they look lovely.
A long time ago when I began dyeing, I was told 'save' the drippings left in your cup when pouring onto wool, you can make more colors. I have done this a few times, but more times than not, I just wash it down the drain.
This looks so pretty doesn't it?
I love how all of the colors look stacked together.
I didn't get much hooking done on my Tall Ship Tales rug. I have the sky to finish up and now the border but I wanted to see what the border was going to look like and I love it.
Have a great week everyone!