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This design was drawn on the backing with straight lines and circles.  The blendings of color becomes the "ColorPlay" which is the name of the rug.

This design was drawn on the backing with straight lines and circles. The blendings of color becomes the “ColorPlay” which is the name of the rug.

I didn’t mean to “hold out” on you. I actually finished this rug within about two weeks because of my compulsive addiction to keep going. Thanks for your enthusiastic comments on my last posting. Well, here is “ColorPlay” completed. It is going to hang on the wall by the stove pictured, but I love looking at them on the floor. The poinsettia was begging to get into the shot as well.
To add a little electricity to the room.

To add a little electricity to the room.

This is a design that I first drew on paper, then played with watercolor paints to get ideas. As you can see, the finished rug is quite differently colored than my “painting” (See my last posting) but that is how I work. Just go with the flow and don’t plan things out too much.

See what the back of it looks like?  The knots make a nice design on the back as well.

See what the back of it looks like? The knots make a nice design on the back as well.

This rug had 59 rows and 68 knots across the row for a total of 4,012 knots all together. Drawing the design directly on the backing as opposed to reading the design off a graph paper makes knotting so easy. I went pretty fast, making about 150 knots per hour, making ColorPlay a 27-hour adventure in color! It took about 14 skeins of yarn.
Detail of color blendings.  There were about 15 color combinations used in this rug.

Detail of color blendings. There were about 15 color combinations used in this rug.

What else would you like to know about it? I can draw the same design on a backing for you if you’d like. You could use my color scheme or make up your own. Quiz Question: How many circles, or partial circles, did I draw on the backing? I can’t wait to start my next one, but I’m going to finish writing my book first. Making the next rya will be my reward for good behavior.
I have so much exciting news to tell you. It will be in my March newsletter. Did anyone notice that I did not send out a February newsletter? You are very observant. So March will have plenty of good news for you.
Cheers,
Melinda