New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 17

Happy Thanksgiving!   I am thankful for all of you who go on these little adventures with me!   :)

(I’ll publish tomorrow’s post to my Blog tonight).

Since I was busy today, I decided to sit down and hook some more border for my daily post… doing another corner and going up the right side of the rug.   Not only is the border easier to do (the #8 cut makes it faster too!!!!)…but I only have to use the two border colours.   No new decisions here!

I will enjoy being with family and am thankful for all of my family and friends.   Although I still miss my dear husband so much, I am thankful for the 25 happy years we had together!!!   I have been greatly blessed.

And speaking of friends… what is nicer than to have your friends still like you even if they think you are completely and utterly goofy!!!!!   …lol…

Here is Progress on Day 17…   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 16

Quick post today…and a wish for a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving for my American friends and family!  :)

When I started this rug, I did not have a “real” title for it as I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I was going to do with my sketched design!!!!!!!   So I simply gave it an identifier… “BBB” for Bluebirds, Bluebirds, Bluebirds!!!!!   …lol…

But after my final decision on the center design, I decided to call it  …”Joy is A Bluebird Morning!”   And today’s picture is the start of my hooking on the “sun”!!!   I wanted it to look like a “sunflower” in the sky…looking “warm and sunshiny”   (!!!)    but not standing out too much from the background!!!!  So I’ve used a little brighter yellow and an orange-spot-dyed wool for the sun.

So we will see if this start works with the rest of the design when I have the background all filled in.   I used the center hand dyed orange wool to hook small “sunspots” in the background…I will see if I like them when I get more done!

Here is Progress on Day 16…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)


New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 15

Hooray…I think I am making good time on this rug!!!    :) 

Of course, I have to work on parts that you can’t see yet…but after hooking the entire left scalloped border yesterday, I hooked the entire bottom scalloped border today!   I am also filling in the border section on the bottom that separates the outer border from the center.   I chose a different lavender herringbone wool (not yet used in the center of the rug!)  to do this section and I am not sure if I will put any design in it or not.  

I had planned to put small circles or squares in this section but I think that might detract from the center.   Since this is an experiment concerning the center design, I don’t want the eye to be jumping around to other motifs!!!!!     So we will see what I do.  :)

   I can’t believe how much better the rug looks with a border!   I’m glad I didn’t just hook 2 or 3 lines of green or brown around the center to finish it!!!    I think the border gives the center more importance!!!   We’ll see if you agree with me at the finish!!!   …lol…   (you may hold your heads and mutter “Why, oh why did she do THAT?) 

Here is Progress on Day 15…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)




New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 14


Hooray…I was able to do a lot of hooking today but not too exciting for you!!!!   :)

I decided on a border and hooked the entire left side border with a new brown and the same wool I used for the lettering on the “Rooster Today” rug!  

I had thought about using a “sweet” colour but decided to use something that would frame the center without distracting from it.   So the 2 border colours are more primitive and subdued.   The outer brown is a different plaid than the browns used on the tree and the light plaid with little flecks of colour in it (see the plaid picture shown on the “Rooster” rug posts) has a rather dirty white-ish , gray-ish background.  

When the plaid is hooked up, it has little streaks of colour that look rather odd close up.  But “oddness” never stops me!!!   :)

Now the description of the wools sounds really ugly!   …lol…   but it really isn’t as bad as it sounds!   I hope you will agree when you see the entire rug at the finish.   And I can always change direction…it is not written in stone!

I also finished my initials using colours from the birds and flowers.   I filled in a little more background too.   Actually, the “rooster” plaid picks up some of the colours from the leaves…so I thought it would work!    There is a bit of green, of orange and of brown.    However, if I find I don’t like it after hooking more of the center, I can always pull it out and put something else in the gentle scalloped parts.

I had first thought of hooking the border with gentle scallops in white with cut out parts to look like lace.   But I decided that the border would then become part of the center…and also, the white was too “showy”…so I chose the “duller” plaids!

One of the joys of experimenting is that you can find something that works beautifully in a rug that is a bit out of the ordinary!   And I like that..!

I am doing the border in a #8 cut…and it is funny how wide the strips seem to me now!   I used to do almost all my rugs in #8…but after the #3-#6 cuts I use now, the 8 feels like I am pulling a quarter yard of wool through the backing!!!!!!!   But the hooking goes fast…!!!

Here is Progress on Day 14…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13


Getting a little farther today although I don’t know that it helps you very much!!!!!   :)

Spending more  time with background as well as filling in motif colours…and getting ready to add initials today!!!  

(At least I got the lavender line around the initials!!!!!!!…..”Isn’t that just a little bit special..!!!!)  …lol…

Part of the time filling in background is going around the leaves and branches…and little bluebirds!   And flowers!   And little circles and odd shapes!!!   I can’t just hook large parts of the background in wavy or straight lines which would go faster!!!

I have completed about half of the rug, working from the bottom up.   Today, I need to decide if I am doing a border, just hooking two lines of “frame” around the center or ?????   Because there is a lot going on in this piece, I am not sure if adding more with a border would be right.   Maybe just a quiet border to hold in the “sweetness”!!!

I know you are hoping for more bluebirds (!!!!)…maybe tomorrow!

Please pardon the little “strings” I have photographed…perhaps a “tidying up would be in order!)

So…Here we go on Day 13…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)




New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 12

Quick post today!!   More background hooking …lol…!!!!

But I did get another motif done…and YES!!!…Tah Dah…it is another bluebird!!!!!   Surprise!!!!

I think this is 7 bluebirds so far…and this little one seems to be resting!   Probably tired from watching me hook those background strips!!!!!!!    …lol…

Here is Progress on Day 12:   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New BBB Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11

Zipping right along!  I haven’t talked a lot about my goals on this rug since it is not the…”hours of pondering, deciding and staring at the piece”!!!!!!    :)

Certainly not the “Padula” rug where I was deciding on colours just when I needed them to start another motif!

This design is teaching me about weight and balance on the left and right sides of the rug.   The colour choices are easy as I had them mostly picked out at the beginning!   But when I thought about this design, I could have done it in several ways.   However, this is how it popped into my head…so I am attempting to keep that weight and balance on both sides of the piece (very different designs) in both motifs and in colour balancing.

One of the nice things about being willing to be surprised on these “not realistic” folk art rugs is having a neat idea just come into your mind as you are in the middle of hooking.   As I looked at part of the rug that I can’t show you, I immediately saw a little thing I could do that means something to me but when I explain it at the finish to you, you might think it is not important at all…!!!!   …lol…   But it is attention to detail that I like in my work…even though it is not realistic.

Another thing that can be helpful if you are designing your own rug is to look at the design carefully and see if you could make it more interesting by flipping it over from right to left…or putting that tree in the middle of the rug rather than on one side and have two hippos instead of one under the tree….a symmetrical approach.       It can go the other way too.   If you have a design with the tree in the middle and the two hippos on either side, look and see if your design is more exciting if you focus on one tree and one hippo!   :)

I am really enjoying this piece and all the leaves and bluebirds!!!   Would you believe there are more coming???   But not today!!!!   …lol…

Here is Progress on Day 11…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)