Sunday, January 4, 2009


I'm still having fits with my new camera. LOL It has GREAT quality, color, works faster than my old one, an apparently doesn't hate yellow like my old one!! Woohoo!!
BUT... i can seem to get the pics into the software that i want to use to adjust them. The kodak software only allows me to crop and rotate. I can't resize??? I can't take away brightness or add light... so i finally found a convoluted way to get three of the pics into that format, to see if it could be done - and it can!! But i sure can't be doing that each time - it would take foreva!
I'm sure i'll figure it out. Eventually! LOL
Here are some pics of the rug i'm currently working on. I learned something the other day!! Something that probably should have been obvious!! But apparently i was oblivious!
The 2 pics below... you can see the wool on the right that i used for that bird.
My focus was to stay in the same soft old family.. but looking for related but different looks. One would have thought (well at least i did! lol) that these would have hooked up different enough that it would be noticable! But NOPE!! When looking at the rug full on, you think they were hooked with the same wool! So one of them will be coming out. lol See how close they are when your nose isn't right up on them?
Now this is what cracks me up... ALL the background wools... are of the same value, with the exception of the lightest green... which is just a hair lighter than the others! To the naked eye, you can see SLIGHT movement and differences in the background. But in a picture - holy cow! Looks like a jumbled mess!!
Seriously, you don't see it this way to the neked eye!!
It looks more like there are varied shadows on parts of the rug!
Soooooo another quest.. to learn how to take photos of my rugs that don't scream differences!! LOL!!
I know i will be changing one of the bottom 2 birds. And have been fooling around with the flowers. Everything is a medium value, and soft and old looking... very very low contrast!!
LOL I think Jule Marie would be having fits with me right now! But on this rug, that is exactly what i was going after! But i want enough of a contrast that the flowers don't melt into the background, and that's what they're doing right now! :D
I love fiddlin with stuff like this!! I learn so much!
It's snowy and cold outside this morning. Hope it's warmer where you are!! :)
bright blessings, Bren :)


WoolenSails said...

that is what happens when I take a picture, the background jumps out in the camera. It is picking up colors we don't see with our eye. It looks fine to me, I love the variation and movement.

I am thinking of adding color to my big one since I would have to dye a gazillion yards of black to fill it, lol. What colors is yours, looks black or black with blue shades and some browns?


Jacque said...

Hey Bren...I've run across that with textures before and it's a bit frustrating...if you are, indeed, wanting it to look different. Always interesting to see. Love how your mat is looking.

Miz T. said...

I like your background! Although as you said things look very different on the computer monitor than in person. I like your colors too. All you have to do with the flowers (stems too?) is outline lighter...that won't be too much reverse hooking. I love the makes me think of rug hooking girlfriends...hooking chicks!

Karmen Sunshine said...

I LOVE the music on your blog! And the colors in that rug are wonderful.

primitivebettys said...

I too have a heck of a time with my camera.... but then I struggle on picking colors anyway. Your rug is coming along very nicely. :)

Anonymous said...

Bren, Google has a fabulous software you can download free. It is called Picasa and does everything you were talking about and then some. I never use my camera software anymore for picture manipulation. I use Picasa all of the time. - Also Irfanview is another program great for resizing (free). Love the rug you are working on. My favorite colors.

Lori said...

Love how your rug is coming out Bren. I love how you are using the same value for that nice old antique look. I have the same problem when I take pics too.

Lori R

Mary said...

Oh Bren!!!! Love that rendition of Manamana! Priceless! I can't tell you how many times I've played it tonight. (Actually, I like all of your music but that one just takes the cake!)

Mary - MD

Sandi said...

are you kidding????

don't touch that rug!! it's wonderful!!