Christine here. This is a simple, “What I’m working on” kind of post.
I have changed my mind about my Challenge project. The topic for the Rug Challenge this year (and everyone is welcome to enter the Challenge, whether you attend the spring braid in or not) is “Going Native” and whatever that means to you. It can mean Native American, native wildflowers, or acting like a member of a remote island culture.
Initially I was going to do a tiger theme, one of those rugs that is an animal skin, but out of braids. I debated a lot about how to get the stripes to look good, whether to make the stripes switch direction around the legs as is correct in real life, and whether I would rug-punch the tiger’s face or try to make it out of braids. But, I kept hesitating because I wasn’t really comfortable with the project. Maybe someday.
Finally, abandoning it, I went back to a rug I was planning to make in the autumn, when I was enjoying looking at the maples all over my neighborhood and the many colors in their changing leaves. So, this is my sketch of what I will make:
I’ve already changed my mind about the color progression, since I don’t like the green veins standing out there by their lonesome, but something like this sketch. We’ll see what happens. Sketches and rugs are sometimes pretty different. And it’s much faster to draw a rug in Illustrator than it is to actually braid it.
I have completed the veins, and there are already a few problems to deal with. See the short pieces coming off the veins? I made them as individual pieces and finished the ends with the T-end that I showed in the recent newsletter. The problem is, that T-end is slanted in such a way that it fits nicely against the central veins on the LEFT side, but the RIGHT side is going to require a little more creativity to make the join look neat. I’ve got three places to test out different ways to do it, so I’ll keep you posted.
Kinda-sorta fits in the Going Native theme, right? Native trees… native leaves… OK, stretching it, but this is the rug I want to make.