2 years ago
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I have finished the Grenfell style mat. I love the style (straight rows across), but do not like working with the flannel strips as much as I like working with wool strips. Wool is so much more forgiving and fills in and fluffs out to make a more smooth look whereas flannel stays put where it is hooked. Even after a little steaming, it just stays where it is. Also, it is not as soft to the touch or to stand on. It does seem very durable and if it were not for the burlap that was used, I think it would last a very long time. I do like the fact that the Grenfell style looks as pretty on the back as the front. (I think I remember reading that the Grenfell mats were mostly used with the back side showing and then flipped over to the front side for guest or special occasions.) I would love to do another rug using the Grenfell style in wool strips and on an even weave linen canvas.
Moving on, I have started reading about Pearl McGown and I am hooking one of her original patterns.