Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rug Of The Day-Nantucket Broom Ride

Nantucket Broom Ride, hooked by Saundra Porter
Pattern adapted from Lori Brechlin Folk Art by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2012
monks cloth:  52.00
linen:  $66.00

My first rug of the day is Nantucket Broom Ride.  What a truly wonderful and whimsical pattern this is!  Saundra signed up for my class in Cape May last fall and wanted to work with me on a color plan.  The whale's body is such a vast area to hook so we did not want to use just one wool to fill him.  We "puddled" the whale by dividing his body into sections and then Saundra used textured wools that were close in value to hook each section.  The look is vintage and charming.

The greatest challenge to color planning this rug was a night sky vs. the dark clothing that a witch would wear.  We solved that problem by dressing the witch in purple.  She still faded into the background a just little, so Saundra added a halo of lighter purple around the witch.  Voila! 

Saundra also wanted a house that looked like it had chippy white boards, so we used a striped wool, cut with the stripes, and hooked it directionally.  The variations of the stripes made the perfect weathered boards.

The icing on the cake was a suggestion that Barb Carroll gave to Saundra:  put a fashionable scarf on the witch!  Genius!  

I've got this pattern put away for myself.  I have the perfect gray and purple textured wool for the whale.  Now just to steal some time to hook it!

Here is another color plan of Nantucket Broom Ride, hooked by Michelle Petit.  A different color plan but just as fun.  I love to see the variations!


Saundra said...

Well aren't Michelle and I just special people. Thanks so much for sharing the rug that was such a joy to hook. As you know I'd had the pattern for a while but would not hook it unless in a class with you. Thanks for all your help and you're a great teacher and friend.

Rugs and Pugs said...

What wonderful renditions of the Nantucket Broom Ride. I enjoyed watching Saundra's progress on her blog. She is one heck of a prolific hooker.
Hugs :)

She Seeketh Wool said...

I love this rug and I am so thrilled that you're having "rug of the day" again. I just loved it when you did it last time. Beautiful rugs!