Thank you so much for all your suggestions regarding my oh-so-bright orange. Many of you said to add the color to border. This was being hooked totally with worms from my stash and I did not have enough worms to do that ~ plus I just couldn't live with the brightness.
My solution was to try staining the area with walnut ink crystals. I hadn't used the crystals in years and surprisingly they were right where I thought they might be. Thankfully they weren't stashed with my proddy tool because that is still MIA :) Here it is before. I tried to somewhat contain the area using regular old tape since I was going to be using a spray solution.
After staining several times. There is a HUGE difference in color ~ much more to my liking ~ and much more muted in person.
Of course it is not bound - I just turned the edges under to get a picture.
In walking through the living room, I may have found the perfect spot for it. The little runner is 8" x 24" and would fit nicely atop this bench.
If you have a free minute or two, I've got a great new site for you to check out ~ www.crowsfootfarmdesigns.com. No, she's not a new hooker, but her site is. I had the privilege of meeting Karen Larsen last year at Susan Feller's retreat and will be seeing her again this April. She has had four rugs and articles in Rug Hooking Magazine including the cover of the November/December 2012 issue. This most talented lady has designed some wonderful patterns. I'm sure she'd love it if you stopped by.
Thanks so much for visiting me today. Yesterday another storm arrived but we only got about half the predicted amount of snow. YIPPEE! Today it's sunny and cold and tomorrow the forecast is for cloudy skies and a high of 52*. Welcome to Ohio.
Pug hugs :)