Hello Dear Friends! Well, I finished hooking the lil' log cabin mat last night. I must admit, I'm not 'thrilled' with it... but I did learn a lot. Let me critique this one as I see it...
Simple, primitive thoughts went into the designing of the mat. I had a scraps of linen and stray, woolly worms that I wanted to use up. (believe me when I say... I still have TONS of those stray, woolly worms here to use in the future...how do they multiply so quickly?!) Olde~looking, naive rugs are my favorite & I try very hard to get my finished pieces to look like those of days~gone~by. A simple, log home with patchwork type of border was the plan.
The finished result, as I see it though, seems kind of boring. The design could use a little more of something ~ whether it be a path to the door, smoke from the chimney, some numbers to make a year, an oversized animal sitting on the roof... something, but not too much to take away from the simple design.
Remember I used scraps... well, I should have thought about cutting the 'dirty, whites' down into thinner strips. The mortar between the logs should not be the first thing you see in the house, huh?
As for color... even using scraps, there were light and dark variations of the same hue. It would have made the door and roof line POP if I would have used the lighter wools to outline these areas.
Something I do really like though ~ are the borders on each side of the rug. The scrappy, jewel tones did finish off as I had wished.
The 'golden yarrow' color of the background gives me mixed feelings. Part of me says it is too bright... the other part of me says it adds some nice poison & naivete to the mat.
Maybe I should have done some reverse hooking... BUT someone asked me if he could have it. How could I say "No" to these eyes?
He absolutely GLOWED when I gave it to him & is so proud to have it hanging on the wall in his room. (one of these days we will paint & decorate his room... then I can show you how it looks there)
So, although I'm not thrilled with the finish of this little ditty, I have learned a lot from it and have given a smile to someone I love.
Warm smiles to you...
3 hours ago