Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-mystery rug-2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 6

Had fun over the weekend working outside and also taking a little time to hook on Lady Nesta!   🙂

(I chose a lot of my blues and decided to use several of them for some of the bird body feathers.   My husband and I loved bluebirds and this makes me laugh as I hook this large and rather ungainly looking bird in blue and think about the small and beautiful bluebirds that we had around our rural Vermont home.)   🙂

Although I do these funny rugs  because I love “plays on words” and silly situations, etc.  I also laugh at the goofy advertising we get sometimes and the gushing and often ridiculous articles in newspapers and magazines about celebrities !!!     (I showed you my medieval “denture” rug a few posts ago that I changed because of seeing one too many silly denture commercials!!!!)   

Now… Do you remember all of the focus on Pippa Middleton’s bottom during coverage of Catherine and Prince William’s royal wedding?    (when she was holding her sister’s train)   And women’s rush to have their “bottoms” plumped up or lifted, etc. to look like hers or those of their favourite stars?   Well, Lady Nesta’s admirers are following that same trend today!!!!!   …lol…

Lady Nesta Birdwhistle article continued:


“…Lady Nesta’s derriere is applauded and envied each time it is photographed!   Many upper class lady birds race to the Justa Swansong Clinic to have their posteriors “lifted” or “enhanced” after seeing photos of Lady Nesta.   (and none of them grouse about the results either!)….(to be continued)


So here is Progress on Day 6…if you had told me years ago that I would be posting pictures of a bird’s back end and writing an article about it, I would not have believed you!!!!!   …lol…   (or maybe I would…with me, you never know!)   🙂   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018 mystery-Sunnie/rug hooking/ hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

Outside gardening all day yesterday so did not make much progress on Lady Nesta!!!!!   🙂   

However, I have chosen some blues and greens plus whites and accents for her colours and am starting hooking her “feathers” with those…plus I hooked one of her “accessories”!!!!   …lol…

And we continue the article:


“…Looking gorgeous and impressive as always, Lady Nesta is wearing a breathtaking hat from that fabulous designer, Lotta Tweets.   She carries a magnificent fashion bag from that thrilling young bag creator, Iva Wing, whose work will certainly soar to new heights because of Lady Nesta’s patronage.”….(to be continued)


We’ll have to wait awhile to see the “breathtaking hat” and more of Lady Nesta…(she has a Lot of feathers being such a big bird!!!!!!)   (Trying out buttons, etc. for her “magnificent bag”!!!   …lol…)

So here is Progess on Day 5…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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Quick post today…Hooking-at-my-House day!!!   🙂

I find hooking the background in straight lines to be rather boring (!!!) but it adds another bit of silliness to the rug.   Remember when I said that the sky should be a beautiful blue…I decided to use the gray plaid because hooking it in straight vertical lines has the suggestion of rain…just what we Don’t Want on a Garden Party Day!!!!!   …lol…

The Lady Nesta article continues with paragraph 2:


“….With photographers and reporters flocking around her, she elegantly stepped across the deliciously rounded lawn towards the magnificent Vulture Gazebo…the center of the festivities.”………(to be continued)


Now we all will have to have our own vision of the “magnificent Vulture Gazebo” mentioned because it is not shown in this piece!   But I have a vision of it and it makes me smile every day!!!!!   🙂

Here is Day 4 Progress as I work my way from right to left across the rug…and I still haven’t chosen Lady Nesta’s colours (!!!) but I’ll have to start…maybe later today.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


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This rug is such fun!!!!!   

I haven’t even decided on Lady Nesta’s colour yet…and she is the star of the show!!!!!!!    (of course, you are used to me doing things backwards or oddly so it won’t surprise you!!!!)       As you can see, I am working from the bottom of the rug to the top and from the right side to the left side!

This piece is approx 24 x 24 inches and done in #3, 4, 5 and 6 cuts.   I am deciding on colours as I go.

TA DA…Today, we start the news article for that delightful publication RUFFLED FEATHERS………… we go…shown below…..




“The radiant and glamorous Lady Nesta is all smiles as she is photographed arriving at the Round Robin Royal Garden Party  which was held last week.”………………….(to be continued)



And…here is today’s Progress.   Thank you for coming on this silly adventure with me!   Hopefully, a smile and a laugh is a nice part of any day since there are so many things that we cannot control!!!!!   

Happy Hooking…or whatever you are creating at the moment.   Sunnie   🙂 


Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018/Sunnie/hooked rugs/rug hooking/folkart-Day 2

Well I have gotten a bit more done on Lady Nesta!!!   I thought she needed flowers so I have started using small leftover pieces and leftover woolworms for that purpose!!

I decided to try an experiment with hooking the background in straight vertical lines.   Here are the two plaids I am using. 





 I had several odd pieces of these wools so decided to use them…trying to use up the plaid on the left and adding in only the lighter parts of the plaid on the right so that I am sure to have enough for the whole background…!    (I have said before that I Always have blending wools available to use in backgrounds as I don’t want to be bothered figuring out how much wool I need, etc.   If I have blending wools, I know I always have enough background wool so I don’t have to “worry”!) 

The gray background also adds a funny twist as it will be a little odd for this piece!   The sky Should be beautifully blue with, perhaps, a few light fluffy clouds!!!!    All will become clear later!!!!   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 2…












I am having fun and smiling at the silliness of it all…especially the funny “press release” which will start soon  (and the grumpy looking bird! )      

 Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


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I appreciate your comments and am happy to answer any questions you have if I know the answers!!!!!!   …lol…   I’ll post “Lady Nesta’s” Day 2 progress later today!    🙂


Julia asked me about the “higgly piggly” hooking that I mentioned on yesterday’s post.   It is the section with the greens and yellows right under the bird feet.







I hooked the above “bird” section a bit differently…hooking more in lines because of the rounded shape of the motif…but below is a picture of the “real” higgly piggly hooking.   (From the “little gardener” rug.)   You can see the loops going in all directions!   (I left some little spaces and added the red in After the yellow and green was finished.)







Holding the two strips close together, you bring them up and pull them through together…hooking in different directions as you go along.








If one of the 2 strips ends up behind the other, you can just nudge the loop out with your hook and keep on going.

My normal hooking below.   I was taught to hook “neatly”…so I either hook in curving lines or straight lines, with neater loops going the same way for the most part.  So,  “higgly” was a “strange” technique for me…but I really like it for certain situations.   🙂   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-a new “Mystery Rug”-2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 1

Here we go again…!!!    Since “The Little Gardener” rug was a “sweet” piece with nothing silly about it…I am ready for a bit of fun once again!   🙂   🙂   

As you know, I am going through my craft room doing more organizing and finishing up some older, unfinished pieces that I set aside when I started hooking and selling original rugs for my business in Vermont.   

 I found another piece of linen with a large bird drawn on it.   I believe it is an illustration from a Dover book, just like the drawing of “The Little Gardener” rug was!   However… again, I don’t know what I had in mind when I started this piece as I just had the bird drawn and the only things I had hooked were the legs and feet!!!!   (I remember thinking at the time that this was such a silly looking bird and wondered why the bird legs seemed to be the focus of this illustration!!!!)

I decided to make this a “de-worming” piece and use up a Lot of leftover woolworms!!!   After all, birds like worms…yes???

An idea just popped into my head  (after reading another gushing article about celebrities!) to make this bird very “high class”…and write an article for that impressive magazine for high flyers, RUFFLED FEATHERS.   

(The story/article will be told a bit later…!)   🙂   

So she became “Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”…a society bird attending a very classy function!!!!!   (She has a sister, “Lady Birdie Featherbeek” who sadly could not attend the function due to a serious condition.)   (No, it is Not “parrot-tonitis”…although some of my birds probably suffer from that too!!!)   …lol…

I have had these “silly-after-hearing-ads-or-news” attacks before…!   You might remember that I was hooking a pleasant piece many years ago with a medieval Prince and Princess…and then heard one too many “denture” commercials on TV!   This was the result…changing the nice-looking faces to these below!!!!   🙂   (I have this hanging in my home and laugh every time I see it…!)










I was also practicing “fake shading” on these robes!!!!


So today we start the “Lady Nesta…” piece shown below.   I hope you will enjoy the process with me!   🙂    Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

 I am using the higgly-piggly technique in the green and yellow section…hooking two #3 strips at once and adding in other little pieces here and there.   Also using small pieces and leftover worms to add little spots of colour.   I will be hooking the background in straight vertical lines as I don’t do straight line hooking for backgrounds…we’ll see how it goes!!!