Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Work in Progress: 'Growing' Rag Rug

I have just started working on a new rag rug wall hanging, called 'Growing'. This one is based on drawings of Tansy plants from our garden, which I have turned into an almost abstract pattern. Below is an acrylic painting (now sold) that I painted on the same subject:-

The rag rug is made from strips of recycled t-shirts, hand hooked through a backing fabric.

The design is drawn onto the backing fabric with a black Sharpie pen. The t-shirt strips are cut with dressmaking scissors, and the ends are snipped to height with the napping scissors. (This pair were a birthday present from my husband from Ernest Wright & Son Ltd. They are very sharp and a pleasure to use.) The background will be a mixture of mid to dark blue and black, and the flower heads will be pale to bright yellow to yellowish green.
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