Last year I designed a rather larger rug called Birds and Branches. My vision of it was to have fanciful and colorful birds -- as opposed to realistic birds. Barb and I decided to feature birds in our booth at shows this fall, so I the night before Pete and I left for vacation, I drew the pattern out and grabbed a variety of colorful wool from my stash and packed it in the car. I figured the rug would be a good exercise in using what I had at hand, instead of dyeing or buying my wool.
I made a good start while on vacation. I hooked several birds and sets of leaves and I liked them -- individually. Not necessarily together. The more I hook, the less pleased I am. I'm forcing myself to stick with the colors I chose, and they just don't work. I re-hooked the biggest of leaves pictured here yesterday, so they are completely different -- darker. Now I think they are too big as well as being too light. My two favorite birds, the ones think are the most successful, are the two done in pink and green. This morning I am thinking I will rip out all the others and do all the birds pink and green . . . and the blue bird with the pink wing in the lower left hand corner. He's just flat out ugly. I hate ripping stuff out. And I have a deadline. Oy. What do you guys think?