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…








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  :)





















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  :)




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.



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.


Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)


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

Rats!!!   The  slight “cold” I had a week or so ago was nothing much  (and maybe even allergies as they were  stirring up dust and dirt , blowing leaves and cleaning out gutters at the apartment complex)…but over this weekend, I started feeling like I was getting a real cold (!!!)   so I haven’t felt like much and am feeling worse today.    :(

I DID manage to get a bit of hooking and redesigning done…after all, I can’t leave Sir Willifried in the lurch..!!!   :)

Needed to shorten his coat and will redesign the right side background, etc.

So here is Progress on Day 17…


I’m feeling pretty gloppy so might not get any hooking done…but we’ll see!!!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the Autumn!   I love Autumn… NOT autumn colds and flu!!!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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

Well my week did not go as planned (!!!) but here we go again now on Day 16..!   “Life”  intervenes sometimes and changes our plans a lot..!   : )

I was able to do some background and finish Sir Willifried’s other leg…so that gives him clothing on his lower extremities!!!   …lol…   I may need to “neaten up” that leg as there is a little “glitch” near the top!!!!   Not a big problem.   His boots are hooked with another plaid that has been overdyed…so there are light places in that piece.

Hopefully, I’ll be back on track tomorrow too…I’m also working on a “deworming” rug as my leftover woolworms were multiplying pretty fast..!!!!!

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


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

Here is the photo of Sir Willifried’s knickers!   lol   :)

You can see that the darker parts of the plaid are used for the leg farther away from us…I enjoy these plaids because they are great to work with when you want some shading or a different look but don’t want to add another wool..!


I’ll be completing his second knee sock and also working on some of the border as I don’t want to have just “border” to hook up at the finish..!!!!     (Of course, you can’t see all the border yet as it does have the title hooked in.   But there are sections that I can show…not the most interesting part of the rug, however!!!!   )   

 Since I started at the bottom of the rug and am also working up the sides, I haven’t hooked anything on the faces yet.  But, of course, I know they’ll be silly!!!   lol

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)