Posted by: laurawp | December 1, 2014

Toning down a Red Background

Mistletoe with red surround hooked by Laura Pierce

Mistletoe with red surround hooked by Laura Pierce

The red is fun and exciting; I’m still worried about upstaging the yellow-green fine shading. Imagine lots more red!

Burgundy and magenta, then red textures hooked by Laura Pierce

Burgundy and magenta, then red textures hooked by Laura Pierce

Toning it down with the darker ‘reds’, I found it easy and effective to hook whole blocks of one texture. I could go back and change the first few dark blocks… but hey… they’re done! Also, it serves as a teaching piece; leaving in the first attempts and then showing the solution. The dark reds will look like rich velvet as a pillow on the couch.

Lamb Pride yellow green whipping, a complimentary edge.

Lamb Pride yellow green whipping, a complimentary edge.

My stash suggested a dark yellow-green yarn, picked up along the way; a fun and complimentary finish!

'Card Tricks' hooked by Helen Goldsmith

‘Card Tricks’ hooked by Helen Goldsmith

As promised… an inspiring rug… from the 2012 Rug Show at Rockaway Rug Camp (Friends by the Sea, in Rockaway, Oregon). The 2012 featured artist was Helen Goldsmith. She has done many wonderful rugs and several are geometric! It’s amazing how similar my Mistletoe Pillow is to her rug, ‘Card Tricks’.  I wasn’t thinking about this rug when I designed my background, but i guess the seed was planted!

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Responses

  1. Love your mistletoe!! Very striking!

  2. Wow Laura, I love your use of reds!

  3. thanks Toni and Nancy,
    my mother has referred to this little rug as the ‘Poinsettia’ rug! it does have that feeling. I can’t wait to finish it as a pillow.


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