Cleaning Up and Switching Gears

I’ve been telling myself I needed to get back to rug hooking for quite a while. A couple of mornings ago, I went into the studio, determined to switch gears. I was still mid-stream with the “what they said” series. So I decided to finish putting together the sandwiches that day, and at least that part of the project would be complete. I was afraid that if I didn’t do that, I might never finish. Eighteen little quilt sandwiches complete! The embroidery on the wording is coming along quite well. I work on those in the evening.

And so the NEXT morning, I put away the sandwiches and the remainder of the bolt of Kona Snow, and I got out my rug hooking. I need to have enough room to spread out my wool “worms. My cutting desk is just right.

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The NEXT MORNING, I walked in the room and thought, wouldn’t it be nice to work in a clean studio? And really, ten minutes later, it was clean enough. And so much nicer to work in.

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Some parts of rug hooking are similar to quilting. Value is very important, and auditioning colors and fabrics for projects looks much the same.

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Different hooking techniques are tried out.

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Pictures are taken and shared with my one rug hooking friend to get input and advice.

And then, finally, I am ready to get to work! Sometimes I have to gently tell myself that all this pondering and experimenting are an important part of the artistic process.

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3 thoughts on “Cleaning Up and Switching Gears

  1. Yes…..we DO get in a creative hype when thinking on these things and want to jump ahead to the actual process when what is really needed is some prep/ground work. I have to do a bit of “self talk” to get passed this otherwise I’m fmq by sop!!!! SOP (seat of my pants) usually results in a bit(?) of frogging at some point!!!! Love your studio!!! I would love a seating area like your but something major would have to go!!!!!! I love rug hooking (primitive) and haven’t done it in decades!!!

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