This was very simple to design and could be drawn with anything, not just horses. A lady who saw this rug was inspired to hook one with crows, but a dogs and cats rug or birds or stars or....well, you get the idea, it could be about anything.
I laid out my linen, drew the border in the dimension I wanted. This a pretty large rug, but any size would work. Then I took 5 simple horse shapes. These are horse figures that I have used in different rugs and had the templates ready to reuse. I save every design I draw or important figures from the designs and store them in manilla envelopes, marked with the design on the outside. It is a simple filing system, but they are always handy if I need a good star, or flower or animal or.....yes, I see that you understand this as well.
I copied off the various horse shapes, got down on the floor and started arranging them in all directions. I wanted them to be moving every which way, so there was no particular orientation for the rug. When I got them in a position I liked, I used my trusty Sharpie to draw them in. Then the fun began. Again, those backgrounds are so much fun to me. I just drew in shapes with my marker, they are basically in the shape of triangles. Long triangles, short ones, fat ones etc. After I hooked all the black horses, with a plethora of different blacks, I simply outlined a triangle and continued to contour it with different colors. My background was variations of 3 colors, black, gold and turquoise. Remember, the designer's rule of thumb is to use 3's and 5's to keep the eye happy. Well, this simple rug of dancing horses, is certainly a happy rug.
Next time friends,