You know sometimes, you are having so much time at a meeting or class or gathering, that you get a little carried away? You get enthusiastic about the future. Maybe you buy more wool than you need, or you make a commitment to your local group, or you buy a pattern for a rug that is huge. And then you get home and say "What did I do?"
Well, three good friends, Lita McCormick, Sandy Myers, and Patty Simpson decided they would have their own little challenge. They decided to pick a pattern and each hook it in their own way. They chose a great design that is not too big. It also offers all kinds of choices and improvisations.
One friend got right in to it. Her rug was done in no time. One was in the middle, And the other said " What did I get myself into?" and procrastinated a little...okay, well more than a little.
Isn't it amazing how they are so different?
Well, guess what, they have decided to do it again. They are hooking the Talavera Pumpkin...
Did you ever wonder why all SALE signs are red? Did you even for a split second be surprised by the red title I used? Color definitely talks to us. A choice in color can make our work fly or hide. The right placement and amount of color can make an immense difference.
So let's just look at a few colors and what they can do.
Brown, Gray, and Sky Blue
This is post 9/11 New York. The color choices tell us what we want to believe. Browns bring out emotions of stability and comfort. Brown is used to warm the scene,and give it stability. It is the "down to earth" color. But it also suppresses emotion - like we shouldn't get too comfortable.
Gray is a neutral- it quiets and composes. It also can depress a mood. But it is often used in advertising to convey maturation or timelessnesss. New York is still standing.
Blue is always known as the color of loyalty. Sky blue actually can inspire trust and brings out the sense of freedom. Thank you to Laura Kenyon for letting us borrow her work.
Orange, Red, and Yellow
We already talked about the sky blue. Along with freedom, it can evoke joy like in Ann Rudman's little friend.
Yellow is the color of happiness and optimism. That shouldn't be news to anyone but too much yellow can cause anxiety, especially if it is a bright yellow. She used bits of the high chroma yellow, but her gold background is still a yellow. Far from being overstimulating, it actually does induce relaxation. Pay attention to wall colors, we use a lot of creamy yellows and gold in our homes and businesses-the color of wealth!
Red is used by advertisers to draw attention and inspire action, thus SALE! We all know that red is for passion, either anger or love. It is such a strong color that it is often used with a blue or orange tinge, not a true primary. It is an energizing color but can be overbearing and be perceived as violent.
Orange is an interesting color; the combination of yellow and red. It is adventurous and optimistic. Orange is the color of encouragement. Advertisers know that it appeals to young people. It is used to express freedom and draw attention. Too much orange can denote self-indulgence and insincerity.
We love color! That is why we are selling hand-dyed wool on the Seaside website now. It is the same wool we have at shows, so you already know the quality of the Dorr wool we use as a base. Keep checking back at the site for new wool as we replace sold pieces.
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Debra -In Living Color (remember where that phrase came from?)
There is a tiny greasy spoon called "Harold's" on the main drag on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It is a staple for the locals in the winter and gets flooded with tourists once the golf season starts in March and straight through the beach season and back to the golf season ending in November. But no one goes there for the food,
They are there for the entertainment, There are only about 5 tables for two and a short counter, but people wait. As soon as the front door sign says , "Sorry, we're open" (really) they start stumbling in.
Behind the counter is Chuck, a redheaded young (compared to me) guy who owns the place. He is the world's worst host, but world's greatest Red Sox fan. Don't walk in with a Yankees ball cap on...it either comes off or you go hungry.
Chuck's favorite one liner goes like this: Almost every tourist is trying to get friendly so he can eat. So they say "Are you Harold?". His stock answer is a straight-faced, "No, Harold is dead". It cracks up the regulars every time.
Just thought I'd share a little background of how my Chuck's Diner came to be. Hope I got you to smile. I also have to brag a little since it is included with "Curb Your Dog" and many much nicer rugs by some great artists in Ellen Banker's new book, "Hooked on Words".
Hook with happiness!
Too hot to hook? Definitely not too hot to think about your next rug, though.
If you can't get inspired by Tamara Pavich's new book published by Rug Hooking Magazine (Ambry) you must have fallen asleep right after you opened it.