Despite the fact that I am trying very hard to use every spare minute to work on my rya rug-making book, I decided that I had to try the acrylic/linen backing I recently acquired when I “bought back” my grandparents’ rya rug business. It’s lighter in weight than wool, but well-woven. I just had to try it before I could promote its use to my rya clients who trust me. So two days ago I played with a design on paper which I then drew onto the woven backing with a straight edge and compass. It would be and easy design to recreate for someone wanting to play with mixing colors.
I made a photocopy of my sketch and painted with paints to see how I might approach the coloring of the rug… Then I picked out some vivid colors to work with–since it is winter–and color is therapeutic.
Last night I come in from the studio with a marked backing, a half dozen needles, and a small bag of yarn. I sat next to the fireplace and made my first knots. Within minutes, I was totally back in the groove. “Would these colors work together?” I had to keep knotting to see how the next color would blend with the previous one. “How will they look next to the area coming in a couple of rows?”
My husband folded his book and headed for bed. “Just one more row!” Between 7 and 11 PM I had knotted about 8 rows (about 6″). This morning as the snow was just starting to fall, I just had to complete a circle in the design, just to see its shape.
Wow, so this is addiction. Just walk away. I did. Then in minutes I had to go back for more.
So I took these pictures, I’m making this blog post, THEN I will write a chapter in the book before I make another row. (Well, maybe I’ll fill in that center area first; won’t take but a few minutes.)