Finished putting the extra touches on Mr. Morty and his hat! Yarn hair and button trim!
Now on to the next project…!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray…I think I have my new rug design for the next “mystery rug”! I wanted to do something with a “cottage” in it…and this design has one. Now you might ask…”Why?” I don’t know why…but my design ended up having a cottage, a motif adapted from an 1800’s illustration, another motif from medieval drawings, my own drawings… AND…a funny theme too!!! …lol…
For me…that’s just the best and I am laughing already!!!!! 🙂
Now to give you a photo of my “Autumn Challenge” piece for the Challenge I am leading on Rug Hooking Daily…and my reasons for doing this piece instead of the one(s) I had intended to do!!! When I lead a Challenge, I don’t have an idea in mind for myself…that wouldn’t be a Challenge for me.
However, for this “Autumn Magic” challenge, two ideas popped into my head a day after posting the “rules”. ……….The First was doing a little witch (for the magic) pointing her wand at a leaf...on a tree (with green leaves) and having that one leaf be bright orange! (the rules would be easy too, on this design!) -see below for “rules”. I was sure that that had been done before by someone!!!!! 🙂
The Second idea was the face of a woman (like those in art nouveau illustrations) with flowing hair. In her hair were brightly coloured leaves and the “rules” (adding an insect, a bow and a touch of metallic gold…along with some “magic” somewhere)) would be easy to add to this design also. …..But….. I had just finished a Halloween rug with a witch (Witch Winnie’s…) and the face and hair idea with bright autumn colours were rather like the bright leaves that I have used before in rugs.
Then, I wondered if I could show the power of the natural world (and the Magic!) After all we see the power and beauty of nature every day! So I put away all of the bright Autumn colours I had pulled out and just thought some more as I did my work on “Mr. Morty” and his magical moonbeams! 🙂
In my Dover books, I came across an illustration of a woman holding a flower in her hand studying it before she sketched it. She was looking up…and that wasn’t what I wanted. But I liked the hand and I begin to think about 3 or 4 “heads and hands” illustrations that I had collected because I liked the angles or the line of the neck, etc. An idea was beginning to form…and I thought my focus was finally narrowing and my design was becoming more and more simplistic. But I thought it had power! 🙂
So I decided the best way to show the power of Mother Earth (or Earth Mother!) was to do the piece in tans, browns and black…with very few additions except for the one bright leaf! I used a lot of plaids and tried to hook the skin in all the colours we humans come in…!!! Also, the power of natural magic was more focused with the directional hooking.
“Earth Mother’s Autumn Magic” has the adaptation of a strong, earthy face looking down and a strong but delicate hand (from illustrations in the 1800’s) as the main motif. As she holds the single leaf, even She seems inspired by the magic and the beauty of her natural world. 🙂
So here is “Earth Mother’s Autumn Magic”…it was a wonderful experience to design and hook it …and to take a step out of my “normal” zone!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray! I was so close to finishing my rug that I decided to wait to post it when I finally got it done!!!! .……The shorter title “Moonlight Magic” is hooked on the rug. 🙂
It is Day 17-18…so it is 18 days of hooking. I don’t count the “thinking and designing” part…!!! …lol… I’ll talk about the hooking style, etc. on the next post. .. and why I chose to do what I did with colour, hooking direction, etc. I love all the experiments. 🙂
Since I haven’t steamed it flat yet, I am showing the picture with the buttons on Mr. Morty’s hat just pinned on. I don’t want to sew them on until I get the rug steamed so I don’t melt the buttons!!!! I am also going to sew a little fuzzy gray yarn on the sides of his head for frizzy hair and I’ll post another picture of the piece when all that is done.
I’ve refined the story and will put that in full below the rug picture. It helps to explain more of Mr. Morty’s family. This rug has been fun and Mr. Morty has enjoyed it as much as I have…(or so he says!!!)
In short-———The story finishes telling you how Mr. Morty takes his full bowl of moonbeam bits outside on a night when the moon is “in a good mood” and throws them all into the air. And his neighborhood changes into some of his memories…but he never knows just what those will be. This night, it is the tropical plants from a family vacation, his family’s mountain cabin and his mother’s sugar cookies for the stars! That certainly is “different”!!!
The sky changes in Mr. Morty’s memory world to a rust-brown, but you can still see the city’s nighttime blue in the distance.
We all know that there is something magical about moonlight. But sometimes, even if we can’t find those moonbeam bits, as we look up into the night sky, we can see Not what is there, but what was…in a different place, at a different time, when we were different too…and we happily remember. S. A. -2017
Enjoy…and Happy Hooking! Thank you for coming on this adventure with me!! Sunnie 🙂
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………The Mystery and Magic of Moonlight…hooked rug (c) 2017 ……….”Moonlight Magic”
Mr. Mortimer Marmaduke lives in the city. He is an old man and he likes the convenience of having all that he needs easily accessible. Unfortunately, he finds that a lot of the city looks the “same”. When he looks out of his windows, day after day, he wishes that he could see something “different”.
As a child, Mr. Morty’s favourite saying was “I like things to be different!” Drawing a picture, decorating his room or choosing his clothes, he loved things that were “different”. Thankfully, his parents loved him just as he was…so it was a happy family.
Is Mr. Morty unhappy living in his city “much the same” environment? No… not at all. He can still draw his pictures, decorate his apartment and choose his clothes to be “different”…and he also has a secret. He can use his moonbeam bits, his mind and his magic on those nights when the moon is in a good mood to make his neighborhood “different” for a time!
Many people don’t know that when moonbeams hit the earth, they leave little bits of themselves behind. But Mr. Morty knows! He gathers these little bits and keeps them in a little one-footed bowl until it is full. Then, when the moon is in a certain stage (and in a good mood!) he goes outside with his moonbeam bits and throws them up into the air. And all of a sudden, it happens! The landscape begins to change into some of Mr. Morty’s memories. Not just in his mind but really there, in the middle of the city!
For a time, he can relive those memories …touch the plants from the family vacation to a tropical garden and enter that mountain cabin from his childhood where his father used several unusual woods, just for his son, so their cabin would be “different”. But what Mr. Morty finds especially fun is that the combination of memories is always “different”! This night it is tropical plants, his family’s cabin and even 2 stars that have turned into his mother’s sugar cookies that she baked every Christmas season. (she sprinkled brown sugar on hers, instead of white, just for her son who liked things to be “different”!)
The sky has turned from the usual night blue to a rusty red-brown in Mr. Morty’s memory world but it will change back after a time. We all know that there is something magical about moonlight. But even if we can’t find those moonbeam bits, maybe, as we look up into the night sky, we can see not what is there, but what was…in a different place, at a different time when we were “different” too…and happily remember. S.A. 2017
I’m moving right along with this piece…! The left side is finally finished…those tropical flowers take a Lot of time to hook!!!!!
As you know, I do a lot of “experimenting” and this rug has a lot of experiments! 🙂
I am using a traditional deep blue (stripe) wool for the sky of the “real” city and hooking 2 rust brown plaids for the sky in Mr. Morty’s “moonbeam reality”. 🙂 I wanted to pick a sky colour that would stand out and/or come forward as I hooked the “magic”…using an unusual colour to go with the theme. (or a “different” look as Mr. Morty would say!!!!!)
You know that there Has to be a moon in the sky (!!!) for the magic to work…so I am hooking the sky in a “circular” manner around the moon so it will be very different from the blue sky which is just hooked as a regular background.
More of the magic has turned the star in Mr. Morty’s landscape to a star- shaped sugar cookie…just like those he used to help his mother bake every Christmas season! (She sprinkled brown sugar on hers, not the usual white sugar…just for her son who loved things to be “different”!!!) …lol…
So here is Progress on Day 16… I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your hooking (or whatever art or craft you are doing!!!)…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I did have some time to hook yesterday evening and a bit this morning! Hooray!
We had our “usual” Wednesday meeting of “The Vancouver Group” yesterday…a rug hooking gathering! We always have a good time and I get a lot of “edge-finishing” done!!!!
I continue to work on the left side of the rug filling in sky behind the “city” and then I’ll change to the sky behind Mr. Morty’s changing landscape!!!!!! Now to switch to hooking more “sky” behind the right side city area and then hook more background over the top and do some more work in the center. 🙂
And the story…
…(continued) ” The moon has to be in a good mood (!!!) but Mr. Morty knows how to recognize this and has his bowl of moonbeam bits ready! He goes outside on the sidewalk in front of his apartment and throws the bits up in the air. And all of a sudden, it happens! The landscape begins to change into some of Mr Morty’s memories! Not just in his mind but Really there, in the middle of the city.
For a time, he can live those memories again…touch the plants from that vacation his parents planned to a tropical garden and enter that mountain cabin from his childhood (when Mr. Morty asked his father to use several unusual woods on the outside so their cabin would be “different” from all the others!) But what Mr. Morty find especially fun is…” (to be continued…
So here is Progress on Day 15…it has been enjoyable to do the exotic plants with their changes of colour. I had several small pieces of hand-dyed wool in a “splatter” pattern so I used those! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
(I feel such great sadness for all those affected by the storms and those whose families were broken by a senseless act of violence. I am thankful for those who helped each other…the worst has brought out the best. But I would like to see the best brought out every day without the tragedy.)
I kept you up to date with the story with my addition to the post on Day 12…and I finally got a block of time to hook on Sat-Sunday.
So here we go on with the story today…
(continued) “… a night with a special moon. The moon has to be in a good mood (!!!) but Mr. Morty knows how to recognize this and has his bowl of moonbeam bits ready! He goes outside on the sidewalk in front of his apartment and throws the bits up in the air. And all of a sudden, it happens! The landscape begins to change into….” (to be continued)
We can certainly see the changes in the landscape happening!!! With his city in the right side background and the city (yet to be hooked) in the left side background, we can see that around Mr. Morty, there is a whole new and “different” environment. and that makes him very happy for several reasons.
So here is Progress on days 13 & 14…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
(You can see that I tend to “scribble” the designs as I go along so sometimes I am not sure just what I am hooking!!!! But that is what is so fun for me…wondering what the finished piece will look like!)
—–Well this week did Not go as planned!!!! :)…….….Sometimes we just have to laugh and make the best of it…! I am Finally getting some time to hook today so will post my Progress later today when I get a bit more finished. ………….We had a great Hook-in last week and I always enjoy meeting old friends and new…and seeing what everyone is working on! :)—–
OK…here we go for the post on Day 12:
First, we’ll refresh the story…
Mr. Mortimer Marmaduke lives in the city. He is an old man and he likes the convenience of having all that he needs nearby and easily accessible. Unfortunately, he finds that a lot in the city looks the “same”. When he looks out of his window day after day, he wishes he could see something “different”.
When he was a child, Mr Morty’s favourite saying was “I like things to be different!” Playing a game, drawing a picture, decorating his room or choosing his clothes, he loved things that were “different”. Thankfully, although they did not always understand him (!!) it was fine with his parents and they loved him for what he was. So it was a happy family.
Now you might think that Mr. Morty would be unhappy living in his “much the same” environment…but that is not the case. He has many happy times in the evening when the moon is in a certain stage and when he uses his Magic , his moonbeam bits and his mind to make things “different” for a time.
Many people don’t know that when moonbeams hit the earth, they leave little bits of themselves behind. But Mr. Morty knows! He gathers these little bits on many nights and keeps them in a little one-footed bowl until he has a whole bowl full. And he saves them until he has a night with a special moon…(to be continued)
So here is Progress on Day 12…I’m having fun and Mr. Morty is behaving himself so all is well…!!! It is looking a little strange…but you are used to that. After all, I am the one who is hooking it…!!!!!! …lol…
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂