Christine here. I’ve been working on the current issue of the braiding newsletter, The Revolutionary Rug Braider, which is due out in the first half of October. As always, I start to tear my hair out right about now …
This newsletter issue might be a bit different from my usual: the interview might get cut (my planned interviewee initially agreed but has been incommunicado). So, there might be a different overall plan for this issue.
In the meantime, I’ve been having fun experimenting with different centers for a butted hexagon, since hexagon rugs will be the teaching topic. I’ve always loved the hexagon trivet — see photo — and always wanted to experiment a bit with variations. The trivet in the photo has a 6-loop center (made just like a 9-loop center, but smaller) and is followed by a DC-1-DC row (double corners separated by one loop). I also experimented with a quickie-6 center (made of only two strands) that fits a little more easily into the DC-1-DC row. It’s tiny — see photo below.
Then I’ve been figuring out how to make the Betty Mutina Center, which is a 12-loop, 6 double-corner center. It’s quite pretty! Here’s one that Pam Rowan gave me as a sample: see below. The nice thing about this center is that it can begin the 6-sided star pattern with its darker outer strand. Due to the dark strand’s position as the first loop of every double corner, this darker strand stays only on the outside loops of the braid.
Then I’ve been playing with different patterns for the star in subsequent rows… here’s a look at one that I threw as much patterning in as I could… and I think it’s a bit busy. But it was fun to make!
Now I just have to stop thinking about multistrand patterns and hexagon trivets. I WILL NOT THINK ABOUT MULTISTRAND PATTERNS AND HEXAGON TRIVETS. If I do, I will never finish the newsletter. I WILL NOT THINK ABOUT IT.