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Oak and Acorns: Color Planning this rughooking pattern

I introduced this pattern this fall. Since then I’ve color planned it several times. As with anything you do often, you begin to see patterns. I decided to share the method I am using to color plan this pattern with you.

You will need three pieces (3″ x 36″) of eight different wools. Organize them roughly in color order. Here are the ones I am using for this color plan:
Color planning for rughooking pattern, Oak and Acorns

The customer asked for brown, beige, green, gold with accents of teal.
I will be adding my favorite teal, B11, as the beauty line and veins. The background is a brown texture and the border will be a slighly darker brown texture.

When you are ready to hook, arrange the wools for each leaf:
Oak and Acorn rughooking pattern color planning

Now you just have to figure how you will use each of the wools in each leaf. I wrote a post to get you started with ideas.


Update: This method was used to hook this rug. The wools were different.

Oak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, available at cindigay.com

Oak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, Louisville, KY

Oak and Acorns rug hooking pattern hooked by Karen Buchheit

Oak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, available at cindigay.com

(Almost) instant gratification. I designed this rug pattern for Karen. She described what she wanted during our time together at Cedar Lakes rug camp in May of this year. The plan was to hook it at Cape May in September . . . and now it is done! In rug hooking terms that is almost instant.[clear]

I just wanted you to know that I finished the table runner this past Saturday and delivered it to Carol on Sunday! I ended up taking out one of the wools you had included for the border and adding in three of the darker browns from the interior background to make the border ‘connect’ more to the overall rug. In three of the leaves, I used a darker brown wool for the veins so they would stand out a little better against the reddish wools. The only other change I made was the wool for the acorns…I ended up using two different plaids (one for the caps, the other for the acorn bodies). I think the entire rug looks really great and Carol LOVES it in her dining room! I’ve attached a few photos to show you.

Carol, I agree. It looks great! I love that you trusted your instincts and felt free to change my initial plan.

Here are some closeup photos.
Oak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, available at cindigay.comOak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, available at cindigay.com

Oak and Acorns, hooked by Karen Buchheit, available at cindigay.com[clear]Looks good from every angle!


Oak and Acorns Rug Hooking Pattern

Oak and Acorn rughooking pattern

Oak and Acorn
Size: 25″ x 44.5″

Just in time for fall. I imagine each leaf hooked using 2-24 different textures. Here are some ideas I came up with. I choose three different wools for each leaf. You can use more or less. I had to make a decision just to get the ball rolling.

Rug hooking leaf diagram 3

Double outline and fill

This was the way I imagined the leaves hooked when I started this planning process. A simple outline with one wool, probably the lightest one and then filled in with one line of a second wool and a third to fill in the rest. The vein is another place for color and value. Depending on the wool you use to hook the leaves, you might want to keep the vein simple and use the same wool for all the veins.

I often get ideas once I start recording the ones I already have. The process of getting ideas down on paper actually helps to generate more ideas. How else can we hook this simple leaf?[clear]

Rug hooking leaf diagram 6

Single outline and one color on each side

Rug hook a single outline around the entire leaf, hook the vein and then hook each side with a different wool.

This method will spread the color of each side along the length of the leaf.[clear]

Rug hooking leaf diagram 5

Outline with two different wools and the fill with two wools side by side.

Split the leaf along the vein. Outline using two different wools changing color at the tip. Use the third on the side of your choice and then fill the remaining side with the color you used to outline the other.[clear]

Rug hooking leaf diagram 7

Outline with two different wools and the fill with two wools top and bottm.

This method is really similar to the one above. You could easily mix both methods in the same rug. The two leaves will look different but will still be related.

This time split the leaf across the middle. You can split it at one of the narrow areas as I did or use a vein and change the color there.[clear]

Rug hooking leaf diagram 2

Outline with one wool, fill top and bottom of each point

Extend the veins of the leaf to the edge and use this line to split the leaf. Change back to the original wool at the narrow part of the leaf to keep the same wool on top for each point.
Rug hooking leaf diagram 1

Fill each third with a different wool

Simply divide the leaf into thirds and hook each area with a different texture. The divisions do not have to be and probably shouldn’t be even. Use the wool you like the best in the biggest area.

Rug hooking leaf diagram 8

Outline each side with a different wool and fill with a third

This look really focuses on the wool you use for the fill.[clear]


How will you rug hook your leaves?

By now you see that a simple shape can be hooked many, many ways. Use paper and pencil, or markers as I did, to experiment. You can explore these options in wool which is very time consuming or take a few minutes before you start to chart your course. Once you decide, you can always change your mind. This is your rug. What you say goes. Where else in your life can you do that. Exercise that option!

Which ones will you choose? Will you choose one method and change the wool, or use several different methods with the same three wools? The possibilities are endless. This rug is also suitable as a table mat. The bare center could be used to display a centerpiece. You can use this space to hook in a date or initials to personalize your rug. Please note that the pattern comes with a blank center.


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