Friday, February 24, 2006

Finally Finished!

It only took 3 years, but the rug for the head of our bed is finally finished — and in place. Don’t have a photo of it above the bed yet, but here’s the original digital drawing I started with so you can see how far I’ve come:

The date in the corner originally said 2002! Here it is on my studio floor after final blocking:

And the rest of the specs:

Dreams Rug

Begun: January 2003
Completed: February 24, 2006 (finally!)
Design: mine
Finished size: 56.5” long by 18.5” high
Backing: primitive linen, 60” wide
Wool: natural Dorr wool (from
Highland Heart Hookery in Halifax, NS) hand-dyed in 14 colours by me with washfast acid and Telana dyes. #8-cut.
Hook: Primitive hook made by
Cindy Hartman
Whipping: Quebecoise 2 wool yarn, one strand each black and navy blue
Binding: natural cotton dyed green with Procion MX
Mounting: wood carpet nail strips

This rug is meant to be used as a headboard for my bed. It took much longer than it should have to complete because I completely ignored it for about 2 years! I finally got inspired to finish by visiting the Silk Purse Gallery show of the local rug hookers recent works. The words are based on a lyric from a Beatles song (though I accidentally got “me” and “you” reversed!) The comet is Hale-Bopp from 1996/97 and based on a real photo specially colour-enhanced. The moon is inspired from those times when you can vaguely see the outline of the whole circle when only a sliver is lit. The stars are deliberately primitive. We had to move our bed lamps slightly on the wall to accommodate the rug. I guess I should have thought of that when designing it but I tried to make use of the full width of the linen without cutting it. The stuff is too expensive to waste. I hope it inspires a good night’s sleep for both of us!

It feels so good to get something off the UFO list that’s been there for so long. That was a biggie. Next!

Tomorrow I have a Dye Day with my last beginner spinning class. I’m all ready for them with yarns and rovings and dyes and notes. Whew! Bring ‘em on! We’ll make some rainbows together.


Anonymous said... is truly gorgeous!
.......gail in Surrey

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful Louisa!