The rug of the day is Not Forgotten Flowers, an adaptation of Lori Brechlin's folk art. I am showing two versions of this pattern today because I love the variety of how a rug can be hooked by two different people, and each rug will have its own unique look. The first rug is hooked by Rebecca Erb. She used mostly muted and neutral textures. Note her taupe and blue leaves. When I look at this rug, I think "Ahhh...nice and soft."
The second rug is hooked by me in a#8 cut on linen. I was influenced a little by Lori's original work of art and I hooked my mat in brighter colors. (although I think the camera made the red look a little brighter than it is in real life!) I hooked this rug a couple of years ago in the middle of February when everything was so cold and gray-I guess I really needed a bouquet of bright flowers to help get me through to Spring! Note the flower urn: I chose a plaid and hooked it directionally from top to bottom. The plaid picks up some of the colors in the flowers and helps balance the large tulip at the top.
Both rugs have their own style and I think they are both terrific!