After studying my Antique Welcome rug I decided that it would better fulfill my vision of an antique welcome rug if I tweaked it a bit. I contacted my client and we agreed that the background was too bright. I also felt like the whole thing was a bit clunky and determined that my strips were too wide with too much contrast between lights and darks.
Having reworked the background yesterday and today, I am much happier with its direction. In addition to bringing the colors closer together in tone, I hand cut many of the wool strips into narrow pieces and hooked my rows much closer to one another.
Now, to me, the rug feels a bit more delicate due to the narrower strips, a bit truer to an antique reproduction because of the “squished” rows and subtle colors.
My photos, unfortunately, still don’t capture the correct colors. The background is warmer and slightly darker than the photo depicts. The enlarged hooking (above photo) is fairly close to the true colors.
What do you think? Can you tell the difference before and after, or do they look the same to you?
For the final touch I added two aged paper tags. On one I scrawled the last part of the first line of the nursery rhyme, and on the other I adhesed (what a great word! I’ve always wanted to use it in a sentence. Spellcheck doesn’t like it, but Webster does!) a tiny punch needle heart.
Thank you, all of you, for your kind words and encouragement! I think my mother will be pleased.