New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs- Days 14-15

Hooray…I finished my rug today ( most of the hooking!) and didn’t post before because I was so close to the finish.    :)

While looking through my wool, I found a great orange plaid that worked for a narrow border.

I told you I would show the little drawing that I made so many years ago to use as a divider design on my old website called “Grinning Cat Primitives”.   After I enlarged the small drawing I pinned it to the backing, added a banner idea and cut out paper as a guide to making the full figures!  

I decided that the “Happy Halloween” lettering was to big and drew attention away from the figures.   While I was deciding what to do with the banner, I decided to hand draw the skinny lettering and make it a celebration of all of October with the three friends looking forward to Halloween!  



Now you will note that the final rug is a bit different…the figures are adjusted to more easily use wool hooking, not just pen and ink.   Also, my wool choices dictated some of what I did to have the motifs show up against the three dull background wools.  

I just transfer Some of the outlines of the motifs to the backing and fiddle with the designs as I go along.   That is the way I like to work…so I am often surprised with the finished work too!!!!!      :)

I do have to finish putting in more confetti background in the right top and left bottom of the rug, but that will go pretty fast and I can zip in a Final picture later today or when I am posting the start of my next rug!!!

So here we go on Day 15…I have enjoyed having you along with me on this “using some leftovers” rug.  

Happy Hooking!    Sunnie    :)





New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 13

Quick post today!!!   

More progress made with background and motifs.   The friends picked the brightest orange pumpkin they could find for their Halloween Jack-O-Lantern mascot.   Along with the candlestick and the crookedy broom, they have some good props for their celebration!!!

So here is Progress on Day 13…I must go out and do some gardening today and do more hooking later!!!!    :)

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie    :)


New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 12

Because of  watching the news from time to time this last week, I have had some time to get more hooking done!!!   Unfortunately, the political scene has been very disappointing…so working with wool and doing something artistic brings some enjoyment back into the day!!!  ( Plus, I can turn the tv off (thankfully!) and listen to audio books or put a DVD in that takes me to a more pleasant place!)

Maybe it shows my age but I can’t get used to the foul language and hate-filled speech used these days.   I can’t see how that helps all of us work together for a better future.

However, I was able to get the banner finished so the lower part of the rug and the middle are now finished…Hooray!  :)

The friends were practicing their printing and having fun sharing the drawing of each of the letters.   They hope you can read their greeting!!!

So here is Progress on Day 12… I hope you are enjoying your hooked projects or gardening, vacationing or whatever you love doing in the summertime or wintertime wherever in the world you are!   I am having fun and the woolworms are getting fewer…although I still have a lot!   I think I will have to do a wormy background or border for a rug to get rid of more.   We’ll see how that goes when I decide what to do after this rug is finished.    Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 11

Here we go…I waited until today to post because I wanted to finish the bottom half of the third friend…in a little witch costume!!!   The dress is hooked in a hand-dyed wool from “Sun and Wind Farm” called...”Halloween Night”…and it would be great for a Halloween sky!!!   I love it.  :)

I like to use a nice pale green for witch skin…and I found just the right piece of wool for that.   I didn’t do too much with my initials this time as I didn’t want to draw attention away from the motifs…so a nice mottled greenish wool was just fine.   It actually blends in more with the background than this picture shows.

There is a Lot of background in this rug even though I have a lot of motifs in it…!   And…putting in those confetti pieces does take time!!!!!!!   But the circles and confetti bits do use up wooloworms!!!  

Now, I have to go back to the banner and finish that…then on to the top right of the rug!!!!! 

So here we go on Day 11…Hope all is well with you on this Summer day.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 10

Quick post today…I am continuing on the bottom of the rug with the background and motifs for the 3rd character!  :)

I really like the way the 3 dull backgrounds show off the motifs…and, the confetti too.

As you can see…I am giving the 3rd friend black and white socks too.   I think they all got together and chose socks that would go with each of their outfits.    I may get some of those socks for myself…they seem to go with everything!!!!!!!     …lol…

So here we go on Day 10…I hope to get more done on the bottom part of the rug today…at least another leg might be nice!  

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)


New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 9

Hooray!   I had a lot of time to hook yesterday and am about 2/3 of the way to the finish…!

We are now meeting 2 of the three friends who are celebrating both the wonderful month of October and the fun Halloween Holiday!   As I’ve said, using leftovers in these rugs makes sense because anything goes in a Halloween rug!   Costumes and motifs can be as wild as possible and they fit right in!    :)

Also, ugly colours work fine too!!!!!   I’ll be adding more confetti to the background too.

This rug size is about 30 x 26…so it is not a tiny rug.   When I first thought about using the little drawing I thought of making a pillow to go on my sofa in October.   But the idea of a larger rug appealed to me and when I decided on the banner, the whole figures could be hooked.   I’m glad I decided on the larger rug because I am having such fun using the leftover woolworms!!!!

And nothing like having black and white striped socks and tights to complete the festive look…!

So here is Progress on Day 9…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)


New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 8

Quick post today…   I have hooked more on the cat figure…here are the socks and feet:


And here is the full figure…


I am going crazy for black and white socks these days!!!!!!   More coming tomorrow as I’ll have more time to hook today!!! 

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)