I have been trying to get back to my Karen Kahle Primitive Spirit rug that I started in January, so I've been hooking bits of the hit-n-miss here and there between working my Magdalena style projects.
I love hit-n-miss, but there is a lot of it in this pattern. After a while it gets routine and getting bored is not a good thing for me.....it means a rug doesn't get finished. I love this rug, so I want it finished. I also have a new antique rendition I want to work on, and wool is pulled for the new design, but I MUST finish this rug first.
You know this is true, but it's something we often don't do enough: stand back! Stand back from your rug and look at it from a distance. Or as Karen says when she teaches, squint your eyes to look at the rug. Or another technique is to use the reversing glass. In this case I was standing back and saw it! Horrors! A hole in the hit-miss. Do you see it?
It's there. Can you see it? Once you see it, it looks like a sore thumb. The hole, as I call, it is an inconsistency in the hit-n-miss. Too much light / bright versus the balance of dark, medium, light strips. Here's a picture of it taken from more of a distance.
Here's a picture of the culprit circled.
I will be pulling this area to add a darker line that will blend with the other lines better. It is a small change, but on the whole, it will improve the rug. So my lesson learned is "stand back!"