I have never hooked anything in pink and have only dabbled once or twice in a pastel palette. I never decorate with it, never wear it and never create anything with pink. Pink does not live in my personal stash. Until now….I recently received a shipment of silk sari ribbon and was instantly enthralled with this beautiful blush pink. Every time I walked past the display in the studio, it beckoned me. I knew that one day I would have to use it in a rug and just like that, my days of snubbing pink were over. I had recently drawn a pattern of poppies that I had intended to hook in the traditional reds, but the blush pink silk won me over. The ivory silk sari pairs beautifully with it as does our dyed “Sunkissed” wool and “Pink Pearl” spot. Soft herb greens for leaves and light background complete my color plan. This mat will definitely be a challenge for me. As you can see in the photo, I’m still testing things out, but that’s what makes it interesting. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned rug hooker, we learn something new with each project. And my first lesson from this mat? Never say never.