Monday, September 19, 2016

Srappy Tips

asked me about my hit-n-miss hooking
I should really just refer to it as scrappy

I choose my colors palette...
this project included all the colors except the light neutrals
mostly medium to light shades

no high contrast strips

I have a ton of worms after cutting so many last year 
for Mom and Ann to sort for me
 normally there would never be a mountain of worms

they have been sorted by color
then into light, medium and dark bundles
placed in a large basket by color

I pull a bunch of worms 
 put them on the rug in progress
my huge Talon frame has given me lots of room
to the left in this photo is a small basket overflowing with worms
I work from these worms
pulling from the large baskets as needed

I NEVER pull a random strip and hook
the traditional way to hit-n-miss
I have to like the feel of the rug I'm hooking
I've tried the traditional way and it doesn't work for me

I hate to waste linen
normally I draw my pattern leaving a 2-3 inch background
stitch on some scrap fabric so I can move it on the frame
usually I hook beyond the marked outside edge too

adding scrap fabric to your background 
lets you hook on small pieces of linen

if you purchase a pattern 
with a generous background
stitch some fabric to the edge before hooking
then use the excess linen for coasters or ornaments
before you take it off the frame

*while this one is off the frame
I'm going to do a few more small pumpkin mats

some of my rugs from years ago
the American Alphabet Crow was such fun to hook
if I remember correctly I did the border first
without any idea of what would go in the middle
obviously my design

bottom left is a Lori Brechlin pattern 
Old Glory my own drawing

it feels good to be back hooking
thanks to all who have welcomed me back


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Kelley,
Another cute kitty photo!! Thanks for that!! I just love your rug and your style of hooking!! I appreciate that you shared what you do as I am still such a novice hooker and love to learn!!!
Hope you are having a good week and that your mom is doing well!
Heart Hugs~

Lynny Penny said...

What is the name of your Etsy store? Love your scrappy rug! I'm a relatively new hooker and I think I'd like to try one like that. It reminds me of my doodles when I'm supposed to be paying attention in meetings.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

love that you kinda-sorta 'plan' your hit 'n miss but not quite....whatever makes us happy, right?
keep on hooking ~ love it all ~

Mr Puddy said...

I like the mousie one ! Cute !!!
Thank you for your wish on my gotcha day...So Sweet !

Saundra said...

Great post and fantastic tutorial for newbies. I always felt I must be the oddball not being able to just sticki my hand in the pile of worms and so glad to learn I'm not alone.

Ariane said...

I just love your scrappy mat. It's gorgeous!! I love seeing your progress.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Such a great post especially for all us newbies! I've been told over and over there is no right or wrong way in hooking and thank goodness you just reaffirmed that again for me. BTW swooning over the other rugs!!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

It is good to see you hooking again and for your method of "scrappy". We can learn so much from you. Thanks!
Hook on :)

WoolenSails said...

I tend to think about the colors as I go, not a true hit and miss, if it looks good it goes in, if not, I throw it back in the pile, lol. Love your crows on the wall, that is a nice display area.


acorn hollow said...

I have never done a hit or miss but with the amount of scraps I have I should do a thousand of them. I love your colors so pretty.