Mystery Rug-Nov 2016-“Fish And Owl Arrive With The Leaves At The Trumpet’s Call”/Sunnie/rug hooking/Finished

Well…this week did not go exactly as I planned (!!!!) but I am finally back to my hooking!  🙂

This would be Days 13-14 and I was so close to finishing that I thought I’d do the last border part and show the entire rug today!

I don’t usually share my political views or my pet “peeves” here since this is a rug hooking Blog (!!!)…however, I do have an opinion on this subject and when I designed this piece, I chose to make it a symbol of one of my concerns.   Of course,  it can simply be a hooked rug!!!!!   …lol…


This is a design symbolic of our world and the responsibilities to care for it.   The 10th century Angel figure calls us to account with the sound of the trumpet.

As you can see, the fish (water), owl (air), leaves and plants (earth) have arrived right away.   However the total human race has not responded….with only the hand showing up representing the people who not only show us by the way they live their lives but also work tirelessly to remind us of the part we humans play in the care of our world.

I am always amazed at those who feel that we can exploit our planet for short-term gain as long as there is money in it.   If the soil, the water or the air is polluted by their labours, they feel it is alright if it is not in their own back yard.   Common sense tells us that if we continually  make our world a gigantic garbage dump, there will be a price to pay.   

My oldest daughter has always loved the saying, “If we all swept in front of our own doors, the whole world would be clean.”  🙂     

This is a whimsical piece too, not only a serious symbolic one but a funny one!!!   When I first saw the Angel illustrations from that 10th century illuminated manuscript, I had to laugh.   The costumes made me think of the “spare tires” that we complain about when we gain weight…!   I know these are draping folds in a costume but it just struck me funny.

The pictures I saw were in colours of green, orange, blue and yellow…quite bright.   And I have adapted the figure so it is not exactly as the original illustration shows…after all I am not doing a reproduction.   I also saw fun in the owl figure from the 1500’s since the owl is sitting on a very slender  stem that certainly would not hold his weight.   And the Celtic fish is up where the air would  normally be…although the scallops around three sides can be either waves or clouds!   After all…this is an experiment…!!!   

I‘ve had a great time hooking this and also had time to think about the serious side of the piece.   I try to do my part with recycling and caring for my own little place, but I look at my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wonder what kind of world we are passing along to them.

So here is the Finished Rug…right off the frame!!!!   Thank you for visiting  and coming along on this adventure…I appreciate you all…!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO…etc”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/Day 12

Quick post today…must stop hooking and get groceries!!!!  🙂

I appreciate all the family, friends and visitors checking out my rug hooking who come to my site and enjoy seeing what I do.   However I am not just trying to “gather” people…interested people will find me and I hope you enjoy your visit here!  🙂

By the way…just a note to those who leave comments for me to join their “service” to get more and more traffic to my Blog (!!)…I do my Blog for friends and family who are interested in what I do.     I am not in any “contest” to see who gets the most visitors…Please know that I am not interested in your services and would appreciate you taking me off your contact list.   Thank you!

Now that that is out of the way…I was able to hook more on the lower center of the rug for today’s post.   I am using a lot of reds and purples just to see what it looks like when finished…!   More experimenting!

So here is Progress on Day 12…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂




New Mystery Rug-“Fish and Owl…A-W-T-L-A-T-T-C”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11

Today, I am starting to give you more title information …and I am giving you more complete photos of the finished rug on the right side.  I keep working up towards the top!!!  🙂

Also, there is a photo of some colours in the rug center.

I care deeply about the situation that this symbolic rug displays…and yet, even without the meaning for me behind the piece, I love the whimsical nature of the motifs.   I am drawn to the Illuminated manuscripts, not only because of their beauty but also the delightful and often wildly fantastic themes of the drawings!

I like combining my own fanciful ideas with those of the far past…and seeing what happens when they come together!!!

So whether this is my “statement” about a situation or simply a whimsical rug…I hope you will enjoy it when it is finished…!!!  

So here we go on Day 11…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   :) 




New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 10

Hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one!   We enjoyed some good family time!  🙂

I had some hooking hours yesterday so I am continuing to work on the right side of my rug.   Even though there is not a great deal of background (so many motifs!!!!!!)…it always  seems to take a lot of  wool…!!!   I talk a lot about making sure that I not only have a more than enough of my main background wool but also that I have several “blending wools” in case I goof up in my assessment…!    So…  I am never worried about having enough background wool to complete any project I do.

I love how these colours are working out…some that stand out and some that blend more into the background.   It is great to use up some blue leftover woolworms too… and I like the added touch the scallops give along the bottom and the right side of the rug.   This blue plaid for the main background is very pleasing to me…it is right from the mill with no overdye necessary!

A bit of yarn is hooked into this one and also a bit of cotton fabric for a few accents.   I rarely use anything but 100% wool…but I am branching out as I do more “collage-style” experimental pieces!

So here is Progress on Day 10…I am actually going along quite quickly on this piece and it would be nice to have it finished by the end of November!   We’ll see if I make that “finish” line.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 9

Quick post today…must go shopping for a few ingredients to make a Pumpkin-Pecan crunch cake for the Thanksgiving celebration!

I certainly am thankful for all of you who go along with me on these hooking adventures!!!  🙂

So here is Progress on Day 9…I am working on two other areas of the rug, some in the center and some in the upper left of the design.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 8

Here we go on Day 8…I am hooking up from the bottom of the rug on the right side.   Making some decisions as I go on colours, etc.   I really like the dull gold for the jug.      I think it looks “old”…and since the motifs in this piece are mostly old it should fit right in!!!!!!!

(And…since I am old too…it seems appropriate!!!!)   …lol…

Quick post today…we had a nice time yesterday hooking here at my house.   It is always nice to have the ladies here…and fun to hook with friends!

Here is Progress on Day 8…I need to keep hooking that background so I’ll have only a small area of background to hook at the finish…!   Happy Thanksgiving for this week…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


New Mystery Rug-“FO”=Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 7

Of course, as I go along on any rug it is fun to go through my wools and see what colours I might want to try out as I work thorough the motifs and some of the border treatments!  🙂

Because I have a lot of wool from the time in Vermont when I operated my business, it is like shopping at a “Wool Store” every day!!!   I really enjoy finding a small piece of wool and remembering where I used most of it up in a previous rug…and I’m delighted if I can use it up in my present piece!

The photo today shows a close-up of wool I am using…and how the plaids add so many different colours in that dark wool section!

So here is Progress on Day 7…I hope you are happily hooking on your projects, or perhaps planning to hook after the Holidays!!!   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂