Have you ever baked something, an apple pie, for instance, that is just so perfect as it makes its counter top debut you just can’t bear to cut a slice? The crust a warm brown, the gooey sweet insides bubbling through the cracks, just radiating the epitome of down home goodness. You just want to keep it on the window sill, frozen in time, so everyone can see your amazing baking prowess.
At times, that is exactly how I feel with my rugs. I pour myself into making them, each one unique, each with its own character, style, and handmade quirks, and as I tie off my last stray tail, the thought hits me, I wish I could just look at them all day. I was recently given the suggestion of using these rugs as wall art (thank you jd from Craft Gossip!) and I swear I saw a literal light bulb going off above my head.
What a great way to add coziness, texture, and a modern interpretation of a decades old handmade craft to your home. The key, I believe, in using the rugs as wall art is their embellishments. The added dimension, color, and style bring a unique twist to your room, opposed to a two dimenstional quilt, for instance.
Vintage, shabby chic cottage? Try a pattered rug with rolled roses.
Asian inspired zen? Try a monochromatic backdrop with a cherry branch and a few fallen blossoms.
Decorating a nursery? For a baby girl try flowers or butterflies, or both!
A baby boy? Nautical inspired colors and little crochet whale or sea star hit the note.
Modern urban? A lush ivory backdrop with pom pom dandelion truly makes a statement.
The crochet rug is as simple as crocheting fabric strips in the round and you can use your embellishments to add that personal flair. I recently designed a custom rug to mimic sea anemones on a little boys’ bedding. How great, if instead of a rug, she hung it on his wall, the grey plaid backdrop and the teal crochet anemone making a fun statement behind his bed?
A great holiday option also, you can change out colors and designs as the seasons change. Simple as hanging a new one. And the best part? Just like how you eventually cut into that apple pie and savor that delicious bite, you can take down your wall art and let your toes enjoy its coziness just as well as your eyes.
Inspired? To get you started here is a tutorial on how to crochet a cherry blossom flower. You will see these throughout my shop, and find them on the cherry branch and baby girl’s nursery rugs.
Starting from scratch? Here is a tutorial for a crochet rug.
Shop for these rugs and more at www.etsy.com/shop/kingsoleil