New Mystery Rug-LIW-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 5

Now today’s post will be absolutely thrilling!!!!!   …lol…   When I say that, you just know you are in for something rather “so-so”…at least for photo 1…!!!!   :)

As I said, I am using several plaids and textures for this smaller piece background just to see what it will  look like!     (“No, NO”, you shout, “not more background!”)    …lol…

As you know, I am not fond of plain, flat backgrounds… although I certainly can admire the beautiful #3 cut hooking on those large, traditional floral rugs with the beige backgrounds and fine shaded flowers!

But I like experimenting with textured backgrounds and especially plaids!!!!!   So photo 1 is background (turned sideways so it doesn’t go down the page forever!!!)   Do you recognize the plaid…it is the one I used on the lettering for my “Rooster Today…” rug and for the scallops on the “Joy is a Bluebird Morning” rug.

The only thing I do Not like about this plaid wool is that it is not 100 per cent wool.   There is a synthetic in there that makes tearing it on the grain really tough!!!!!   That’s why I’m using it up and will get something that is all wool, if possible, for my next light plaid.

I decided to add some green and some yellow into the mix…(that green is a plaid!)… so have hooked that alongside the turquoise wool…I am still looking for more “Spring” colours…maybe some more pink and coral and…!!!

So here is Progress on Day 5…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)



New Mystery Rug-LIW-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 4

Here we go on Day 4…!!!   I know backgrounds are not exciting but I did get some background done as well as a motif for today’s post.   :)

By the way, I am using at least 4 different plaids and textures for the background of this piece but you can’t really tell they are plaids, etc. when they are hooked.   I just picked out some pale wools and am trying them out to see if they work like I want them to work!!!!!   I see a little section I need to change for tomorrow’s post…I put it in the wrong place!!!      …lol…

As you know, I am also working on a few parts of the rug that you can’t see yet…but all will become clear in the next few days!

.I’m off to the eye Doc today, next week it is the dentist and then my Doctor later on.   I try to do all my “yearly” checkup stuff in the first few months of the year…then I can forget it unless something unusual happens!!!!!!!

So here is Progress on Day 4… Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)



New Mystery Rug-LIW-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

Well, I am zipping right along!!!   For today’s post I have 2 photos as I am working on different parts of the rug.   The colours are fun to work with and , yes, I am using some woolworm leftovers!!!!   :)

As you know from previous rugs/mats, I like to do the background as I go…and the border too!   I just decided on the border colour so will work some on that later today.

I am doing this piece in mostly #4, #5 and #6 cuts…(and hand-cut if I need a different width piece!)

I have decided on a couple of other small projects to do too…and am looking forward to those after I finish this one!    I also have a couple of larger rugs I want to do…so I am having a great time and looking forward to more fun later on!!!!!

Rug hooking is terrific!!!!   …lol…

So here is Progress on Day 3… Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)



New Mystery Rug-LIW-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 2

I had a couple of hours of relaxing hooking time today and am having fun with this piece!    :)

I am using up more leftover woolworms here too…but it is so much easier now that I have them more organized and have a LOT fewer of them!!!!!   …lol… 

I can’t remember when this sketch was drawn but I think it was a couple of years ago…sometimes I date my sketches and sometimes I just scribble on an old envelope or scrap of paper and it doesn’t get dated…!!!

Hooking on this scotch burlap is odd after my linen burlap as this has little lumps and what looks like tiny straw pieces in it…!!!   But this is a simple piece, and, as I said, it will be a wall piece…not on the floor!   (Might as well use up these smaller pieces for wall hangings, pillows and chairpads.)

I am deciding colours as I go on this one too so my stock of small pieces of wool is getting used a bit too…as well as the woolworms!

So here we go on Day 2…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)   (I’m sure you have it figured out already!!!!!)

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New Mystery Rug-LIW-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 1

 Here we go again!   :)

I’ve had a good “rest” from my last project and am ready to start another hooked piece!  

During the last week or so, I have been going through my studio room and organizing more and more.   I have my woolworms in smaller containers now and am happy to have used up so many on my last rug.    When I moved to Oregon, I brought a lot of paper patterns and sketches with me that I had drawn up in Vermont.    Many are older patterns that go back even to 2005, when I started hooking regularly and doing my own designs!

I also have some different leftover pieces of backing that are smaller or are odd shapes!   This backing is a piece of scotch burlap from my early hooking days…but since this piece won’t be on the floor, it is fine to use.   It was just right for this design which is about 15 x 27 inches.   I won’t know the final size until I quit designing and fiddling with it..!!!!

I came across this smaller piece and thought it would be fun to do it as it is a little silly!   (why are you not surprised!!!!)   I have set aside a few that I might like to do and, since they are not so large, I can enjoy doing several of them in the time it takes me to do one large rug!!!!

Glad to have you with me on this next adventure!!!     We’ll have fun!

So here is the first exciting picture of LIW on Day 1…  I do hope it isn’t too exciting for you!   I would hate to have anyone faint from seeing the beauty of this photo!!!!!!!    …lol…    Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)


Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/Quilt Extra!

I thought you might enjoy seeing what I am working on while I take a little break from rug hooking!   :)

My youngest daughter is collecting Sunbonnet Sue quilts (she’s a quilter) and I thought I might make one for her collection.   I haven’t done much quilting in the last 20 years (except for the applique quilt I was working on as a Memory piece early in 2014.)

Also, my oldest daughter is also a quilter so I thought I might make a quilt for her too.   Just so they each have a small quilt made by “Mom”!!!   …lol…

I’ll pass along my “family quilt” … done years ago when several family members got together and made “friendship quilts” for each person involved…to my son as he isn’t a quilter (!!!) but is the “keeper of the family history” person!   :)

So this is Miki’s quilt…”Sunbonnet Sue’s Scrappy Pinwheels”.   Of course, I had to do some odd things with it (!!!!!) so I made three of the pinwheels going the opposite way from all the rest and quilted the Sunbonnet center block with the lines going different directions like wind gusts.   The pinwheel blocks were put together at random, just trying to not have the same dark colours side by side.

This is great fun and even though my piecing (machine) and quilting (by hand) skills have suffered from neglect over the years, I’m just having fun and not worrying about what the “quilt police” will say!    …lol…

I’m preparing my linen and still thinking about patterns for my next rug as I work on finishing this quilt.

Here we go!   Happy Hooking (and quilting too!)   Sunnie  :)




New Mystery Rug starting soon/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs!

Well, I have decided on my next project adventure…it will be really, really serious!!!!     :)

(now if you believe That, I have a bridge I want to sell you!!!!)   …lol…

I think it will be called “WASA”…but I haven’t quite decided that yet.

So stay tuned…I will be starting sometime next week but must take care of “life” stuff too!

I thought you might enjoy seeing my rug done years ago that was adapted from an old fraktur…I think it was in one of my Dover books.  I used to work almost exclusively in a wide cut (#8) but I have evolved over the years to using everything from a #3 to a #8 in my rugs (mostly a #6 as of now!)

This was done many years ago and donated to an Art online auction in Vermont to raise money for the Food Pantry (if my memory is correct..!)   :)

Happy Hooking…and I’ll keep you posted on my next adventure!!!   Sunnie  :)