New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 24

I think I must be on a “twig” kick!!!!!   …lol…  (Remember Mrs. Smoth..!)   :)

On this rug, I put my initials as twigs in the backpack of Dr. Sopwortt, along with his digging tool and a few pieces of green grass or vines!   I am now working on the rug from left to right…working on the border at the bottom of the rug and on the border and the upper center at the top of the rug.

Of course, the background needs to be filled in also and I am hooking the background in random squiggles!   that makes it look more “pebbley”!   The borders are being hooked in both straight lines and random shapes around the lettering.  

Still haven’t hooked the faces but will do so soon!!!!   The guys are getting anxious to have faces!!!!!   …lol…

So here we go with Progress on Day 24…

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 23

Today I am showing (stretched on the frame) the upper LEFT part of the rug border!   :)   (having trouble knowing my right and left..!!!!)   …lol…

Even though the rug border is the same background colour all around…and the same colour as the center background is used for the lettering (!!!), I find it rather soothing to work on.   It really isn’t boring (I am almost Never bored!!!!)   …lol…but it can be tiring as it takes quite a long time to hook. 

  Remember, this is a 28 inch by 43 inch rug, and in order to get the effect I want, there is a lot of thinking and “deciding” involved.   You will recall that I started this rug with the choice of a light background, the assorted greens for the grass below Dr. Sopwortt’s feet and his brown boots.   Everything else was decided as I went along.  

I chose colours that worked well together and did what I wanted them to do.   If I made a mistake here and there, I was able to look carefully at the rug from a distance (both in daylight and with evening lamplight) and fix the problems.   There was some redesigning involved, mostly with Sir Willifried and the motifs around him.

I had the idea that I wanted the focus motif to “glow” in the rug center…and I believe that I have chosen the colours that give a glowing effect.   I know that to those of you following my progress, it is simply a “person hooking a rug”!!!   :)   But as you know from previous rugs, I am teaching myself things,  experimenting with colours and working on the plays on words and oddities that are pleasing for me as I do this design.

The faces are not yet hooked…and I am excited to see what these guys look like after spending a lot of time with them for 23 days!!!!!   …lol…   But you know how I like surprises!

So here is Progress on Day 23…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 22

Had some time to hook today and completed the leaf and the upper right corner of the center design!!!!   It’s so nice to be back hooking again when I feel good..!  :)

Quick post…lots to do today but here is Progress on Day 22…I need to work more on the border for tomorrow!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 21

Finally I feel like myself …thank goodness!!!   That cold/flu…whatever it was…just takes a lot out of all of us who get it!     I did manage to hook yesterday but finally feel like I can get back on my schedule again!!!!!   :)

You will note on one of the pictures the re-do of the right hand leaf…STRWPmysteryday21first the “old leaf  on the right photo and then the “new” leaf.   After making another change on the right hand leaf, the upper left colour was too “sweet”.   So it is now a better colour to blend with the others.    OLD LEAF…

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At the bottom of the post, the progress on my border is shown!

It is slow going because of the lettering, but I am happy with the lettering and the wool I am using for it.  It is the same wool as the background so it does not call undue attention to itself..!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 20

I feel better today so feel like I am on the mend..!!!   :)

As I’ve said before while doing this rug, it is more of a challenge than I thought it would be!    After all these years of rug hooking (9), I have confidence in my ability to work with colour and with plaids!  

    For the last several years I have done rugs that have been designed “on the go” and have had a minimal amount of colour planning at the start.   For the most part, they are easy for me!!!    But this design, although rather easy at the start, has proved a bit more tricky as I get to the right side of the rug!

I need to be sure to balance the rug, both with the size of the motifs and the colours used.   His leather satchel needed to look a bit faded with use….and needed to be outlined or it would not show up on the background.

I have to be sure to choose wools that are all in the same “grayed” or “softened” range…and the colours must not be sweet or bright or draw undue attention to themselves. 

However, the two men are rather large, and I want Dr. Sopwortt and Sir Willifried to be dressed in colours that go well together and are pleasing next to each other…but they can’t completely take over the rug!   …lol…

The rug focus needs to be entirely different from everything else as the joke depends upon it…!!!   There must be a complete departure from the rest of the rug…both in colour and in motif.

After deciding to take the digging fork or trowel from Sir Willifried, I am fine with the “vague” book or container that he holds, but that left a gap to be filled in above one shoulder where the fork tines or trowel head would have been.

I had decided to put a butterfly on his shoulder, but realized before starting to hook there that a butterfly would either be too colourful, too fancy or too dull…so I changed to a little bird.   Even the blue and the beak on the bird may have to be changed as I get the background hooked around it and see if the bird draws the eye to the upper part of the rug too much.   The focus must be on the rug center!!!   :)

When I first saw the vintage images that were adapted for this piece, I was looking at “hunting” scenes with dogs and horses, men with guns and/or spears, etc.   and I am not remotely interested in hunting scenes!!!!!!!!    …lol…

But then the idea for this rug popped into my mind and I felt I could adapt a couple of the men for my silly authors!

So here is the Progress on Day 20… I felt like hooking some today so I am glad to get more of the rug done.

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 19

Still coughing…I DO hate colds!!!!!!!   :(

Ah well, I did get something done on my rug today!   At least that is a bright spot.  

This may be one of my all time favourite rugs!!!!!    I am happy with how it is turning out although Sir Willifried’s outfit has been a bit trickier!   But that is what happens when you design and colour plan as you go!   Sometimes it takes a lot of experimenting…!!!!!!   I think I’ve got it now!!!!!   …lol…

I’m off to more hot tea with lemon and honey…and more rest…!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

Here we go on day 19…going up the right side of the center.

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New STRWP Mystery Rug/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 18

Hooray…still feeling “gloppy” but did manage some hooking and re-hooking today!!!    :)

I had been trying to have Sir Willifried holding a book or container of some kind and a digging fork or trowel…but I just couldn’t get it to look right..!!!   So I took the trowel/fork  handle out entirely and just put in a book/container/? item for him to hold!!!!   …lol…

It would be fine to have him hold either a book or a container on his big adventure!!!!  

Here is the story again…

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And here is Sir Willifried looking more clothed, some background done, etc.

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Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)