Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hooked Runner

Today I finally finished my runner.
I did a yarn whip stitch around the edge and tucked under the excess backing and loosely stitched it to the back.
The rug still needs steaming and walking on, then as it flattens out more, I can redo the back after it has stretched.
I also need to clip the leftover snippets on top.

I am not sure if I want to make a big rug again. I would like to make one for my living room, but between the time it takes and struggling with it on the frame, I might stick with smaller ones.

This is not a great picture. I tried an extra light, but with flash, it makes everything pop out in color.
I used a lot of scrap wools in various weights and textures to give it more of an antique appearance.
For some reason it looks like you can see the white edge underneath, but that is the black yarn edge. Flash really plays havoc with my rugs.



One of the reasons I used scrap and rough wools was for this guy. This is his spot and he needed something he can lay on and run across without slipping. He seems to be pleased with it;) The rug is 78" long x 27" wide.

21 comments:

Daffycat said...

Oh, my! This turned out so beautiful! Well done!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Fantastic..My new goal for 2010 is to learn to hook a rug. Like I NEED another project.

Pat

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Wonderful piece!! You've captured the old look.. Your pup looks content with it too.

moosecraft said...

Wow! Your rug is gorgeous Debbie! The design is wonderful and the color choices are perfect! My rugs always photograph funny indoors too... I think I've had the best luck photographing outside on a cloudy day? Wool likes to be outside...LOL! Love that Casey! :-)

TamboinMO said...

He does seem pleased with his rug!!!
I think it turned out great and I love how your colors look so old!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Debbie ~
Your rug is absolutley gorgeous! And big...OMG...it would take me years to finish a rug that large. You should be very proud of that rug!
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Brenis said...

Yay!! congratulations finishing your big runner!!! Yah, they are a struggle to maneuver, but sooo worth it in the end! It looks gorgeous! :D

Miz T. said...

Your rug came out beautiful! I hope to see the design close up at some point. You chose well with the muted antique colors but were also able to get contrast. I'm still learning how to do that! Congratulations!
Lauri

kelley said...

Debbie...this is a masterpiece...love that blue cat...and the sweet dogs on each end...Casey will have a great time enjoying this warm and cozy spot...

JoJo said...

Debbie, this is HUGE....and very pretty. I can't even imagine the time and effort that went into hooking this runner!! I mean, it IS over 6 feet long. What a project! And it's one you should be very proud of.

Caths Pennies Designs said...

Your rug is gorgeous. I don't do much rughooking so I tend to really treasure the few rughooked things that I do have. I admit, I do cringe a bit to see your dog laying on it! But if he's happy with it and you're happy that he is happy, then I'm happy too!
Cathy

Farm Field Primitives said...

That is so beautiful!!! I can't even imagine doing something like that. It is way to pretty to have on the floor!! Great job--you should be so proud.
~Melissa~

WoolenSails said...

The wonderful thing about hooked rugs is you always have an extra supply of wool to fix any problems that come along. I actually have three in the kitchen that are due for a cleaning, but they hold up well, even in there.

Debbie

Cheryl said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

Cheryl

cynthialeedesigns said...

Debbie,
I love the rug!! It is amazing!! You did a wonderful job...and I see that your doggie's approval too. LOL...
~Cindy~

debra said...

Your rug is simply perfect! I love every aspect of it--the colors, the pattern, even your lovely doggie model!
Well done!

Cabin Creek Farm ♥ said...

Debbie - this rug is gorgeous!! and what a killer size!! Love it :)

Lori said...

Debbie~
I knew your rug would be awesome!! It really is a masterpiece as Kelley said. You captured the old look perfectly.

Lori R

Jacque said...

beautiful and very ambitious. You should be proud.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Your runner is wonderful! You should be so proud. What a great piece to enjoy for years and years!

Andrea said...

I love this rug!

Andrea