So I want to tell you about a large (101″ diameter) Hit and Miss round rug I have just finished….it has been ‘installed’ at our vacation rental on the Northern California coast near Mendocino (VRBO #615198, with friends and family rates!). We were fortunate to be able to buy the house about a year+ ago and it came fully furnished, really beautifully furnished. I have slowly begun to personalize the house by decluttering and adding a few braided items such as a stacked patterned basket for the TV remotes:
The great room had an abstract rectangular rug which tied many of the room’s colors together: chairs, sectional, etc. Some have called it perfect for the room, others saying it was ‘decorator’ and undoubtedly expensive. It is all those things, but it doesn’t feel like me. And it was wearing, tho that is somewhat a rationalization.
So I began a hit and miss, making it round because I like round rugs and rectangular that big would have taken forever. We figured it needed to be at least 100″ in diameter. I have made two other hit and miss rugs, both having one dark standard (black in one, navy in the other) and 2 strands of odds/ends. This rug I wanted to be more subtle so I used one grey, one grey tweed and one odds/ends. Thanks to some gifting of the greys from some rug hooking friends (‘too heavy for hooking, can you use it?’), I began. As we all know as the rug grew, it began to inhale wool. Thanks to friends such as Christine, Kris, Mary, Anne, and Debra who shared their greys, I was able to finish.
Anyway here is a close up. After starting and braiding probably 50″ of continuous rug, I tapered and began to braid off the rug so it was portable and then butt on the rug. It gave me a lot of practice on the new butt we described in an earlier post, Annie’s Fanny.
I am pretty pleased and I know I will enjoy remembering where I got much of the wool.