July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day 8

Quick post today…Life intervened yesterday!!!!   lol

I hosted the rug hooking group here today, we had a fun time!   Such beautiful work and lots of inspiration!

Here is Progress on Day 8…I thought the little chartreuse snippets looked like little bugs…just right for Halloween!!!!!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)HF&Fmystryday8

July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day 7

Away we go…I feel like I am making good progress and loving the colours I am using!   That makes the whole process an enjoyable adventure!!!   :)

You will note that I try to have my border squares, circles, lines, etc. slightly “off”…I just sketch them on rather than drawing around something for precision and accuracy!   I feel that this gives a more “informal”, primitive, simple quality to the rug…and,  especially at Halloween, things are slightly goofy!!!   lol      Now, you might think that I am “slightly goofy” all the time, not just at Halloween!!!!!   But at least at this time of the year, I have a great excuse for my behavior!!!   :)

A little tip…I imagine many of you already do this, but if you don’t have a “board” on which to clip your rug and stand back for a distance look at it, you can always take a photo and put it on your computer as a “desktop background”!   The photo makes it easier to see any errors or things that need to be tweaked.   I actually do both.   I have an older computer, not connected to the internet, that is a delight to use for the photo editing program!   It is simple, easy to use and works wonderfully!   I keep my “in progress” rug on the desktop background on this old computer as I go along.

Also, the “Paint” program on the old computer makes enlargements and prints my pattern guides out on regular paper.   I tape the sheets together and use my light table to transfer the guidelines to my linen.   I don’t have to go to a copy shop for enlargements, I can print them in “draft” mode and simply go over the major lines to transfer with my black sharpie pen and get the size exactly right.

I usually draw the outline of my rug on the linen first, then center my design within the rectangle or square.   I add borders or make the rug smaller or larger if I think the center needs more room!   I much prefer using the old computer to do these things than using my newer, “more improved”!!!!!!!!” computer!   lol

I must do some cleaning today…however, I hope to have time to hook this afternoon…I’d rather be hooking than cleaning house!!!!!   I wonder why???   lol

So here we go for the Progress on Day 7…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)


July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day 6

This is getting more fun for me by the day!!!   Here is some more progress for todays post..!   An “extra”!





More border work for the post today!   : )

Thankfully, the weather is a little cooler.   I am not a “hot weather” person!   lol

I may have time to do a bit of work on another area of the rug today…so perhaps another photo later on.

So here is Progress on Day 6…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)


July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day 5

Quick post today!   :)

This is great fun and I am getting rid of leftovers!!!   Hooray!!!

This kind of border is fun to do as you can just sketch things in as you go along and, if they don’t work, simply change them!!!   lol   You will note slight changes in the photos where I have done some tweaking if the motifs didn’t suit me after hooking more on the rug!

Sometimes I am asked if I start in the middle or the side or??? when I am hooking a rug.   Sometimes, I start in the center or on one side…but I also start at the bottom and work to the top!   On this rug, I started a motif in the center and then moved over to one side and across the top.   As you know, I do steam my rug several times while hooking it.   I will steam the hooking tonight and be ready to do some more hooking tomorrow.

As you already know from the first posts, this is a Halloween rug!!!   I love these because you can do almost anything and still have a fun, colourful and delightful rug when you finish..!   Not a lot of thinking and pondering…just enjoyable hooking!   (at least for me!!!)   (I wonder how that spider got disconnected from his web!!!)

Here is Progress on Day 5…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)




July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day4

I’m zipping right along with this rug and using up woolworm leftovers in the border!   :)

The nice thing about leftovers is that you don’t have to think…just grab!!!   The worst thing that can happen is that, when standing back and looking at the rug when it is farther along, you see a woolworm that doesn’t work..!!!!   So what..?   Just zip the little critter out and put in another!   Pretty easy…yes?   lol

Here we go with Day 4 Progress…I’m having a lot of fun!  Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)



July 2014 HF&F Mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-primitive-Day 3

Quick post today!!!   I had a little time yesterday to hook and worked on one of my center motif corners!!!   And…I’m hooking the background as I go along!!   I might see if I can start one of the borders today too…just to see if I like it and the colours  compliment the center design.  :)

The border should be a good place to use leftover woolworms!!!

Hope you are staying cool (or Warm!) wherever you are and enjoying whatever season you are having!   We are having a group of hot days here and staying inside with the air conditioner going is what I’m going to do today.   And…hope to get more hooking done today too!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)



July 2014 HF&F Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking- primitive-Day 2

Hooray…I’m coming along!!!

With today’s post you will know just what the theme of this rug is…and the different motifs, as we go along, will be obvious!!!!…but I’ll still keep giving you “bits and pieces” of the rug until the finish!   lol

By the way, I am doing this on my usual linen burlap (MCG textiles), the rug is 29 x 33 1/2 inches right now and the cuts are #3, #4, #5 and #6..!

Today I want to show you the picture of the background wool I am using…!   I love this plaid but I know that it would not have been my first choice as a background if I was just looking at my design and gathering wools that are typical for this type of rug!   However, since I started with the background wool and decided to design something that I thought would work on it, I came up with this!   At least you will see what this plaid looks like hooked up!!!   lol


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From a distance, the plaid blends and makes a really nice background with the lights and mediums and a touch of green in there too!!   I am outlining my motifs with black so they will stand out no matter what the colour!  Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)