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

Well here we go with the progress on Day 4…!  

I had this much finished when I took this first photo…but I got carried away and did more work on the background and on the lower border for the second progress photo!!!   I was just having too much fun!

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Below is the picture of the overdyed streaky plaid that I used for the section beneath the feet of the character.

TTH4overdyedplaidI love it hooked up but it does look like a bad dye job just as a piece of wool…!   …lol…

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my start on the bottom border…I just wanted to see what my border idea would look like!!!!!

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Underneath that streaky brown, I’ve used a burgundy #5 cut line…then I’ve used a green/orange plaid, a purple texture, a yellow hand dyed, a gold and red plaid with a green plaid, an orange hand dyed,  a rust coloured hand-dyed and finished with 2 rows of #8 cut burgundy plaid!!!   Whew!!!!!   I like it, I like it…and it sets off the center section in the way that I want.

I’ll finish the bottom border for the next post. On this rug, I’m working from the bottom up and from the left side to the right side.

By the way, the rug is approx. 22 x 30…and I’ve added 1/2 inch to all sides for a frame.   (hooked in that #8 cut)  

(When I print the pattern, the pattern center and borders will be full sized but I ask that you add the 1/2 inch to all sides so that is perfectly on the straight of grain of your backing.)

I am still working on them and hoping to offer patterns by the end of July…working on Halloween and Christmas designs first and then adding the others.   I’ll post info here and on my website…www.sunnieandressdesigns.com

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

 

 

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

Quick post today!!!   Hope all you US residents have a great 4th of July weekend!   :) Here is photo of my background wool choices…the wool on the right is the one I wanted to use first…it is really a lovely wool but just wasn’t quite right for this rug!   The wool on the left makes a great background for Halloween rugs using deep, bright and dark colours for the motifs! backgrdWOOLS                     And here is Progress on Day 3…(and No, this is not a decorated toilet plunger!!!!)   …lol… Photo is a bit blurry…hmmm…but you can see some progress anyway!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :) TTH3

New Mystery Rug-TTH-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day2

Well I’m having a great time with this one!   I always say that, don’t I…!!!   But rug hooking is so much fun!!!

For today’s post I want to talk about backgrounds.  

The wool plaid I chose for the background on Halloween Friends and Fun was a plaid I just love.   It worked so well to show off the motifs.   This time, I had a wool I wanted to use but I wasn’t sure it would work…and it didn’t…!   I needed the background to be lighter.

Here is that background wool in the first photo below.   It is a nice wool but it is just a little too “medium” in value  – not quite light, not quite dark- for a really good contrast with my motifs.   The second photo is the plaid that I hooked instead…and it makes a better, more contrasting background.  

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I’ll show a picture of the actual wool plaids tomorrow so you can see what they look like before hooking!

Sometimes my choices are right on the first time…and sometimes I pick a dud because I don’t know how the plaid will look when hooked…!!!!    But I cut only a few strips to try out and I’ll use them in another area of the rug or in my next rug!

The brownish-goldish-redish wool on the bottom of the photo is an overdyed plaid that was one of my dye “experiments”.   It turned out a bit streaky and works just right here on this rug!

So here is Progress for Day 2…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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

Well I just couldn’t resist starting this…I do love Halloween themed rugs.   This could be a “companion” piece to the “Halloween Friends…” rug.   I’m using a lot of #5 cut on this one with #3.4.and 6 in there too.   This one could be done in  just #3 and #4 too.

I’ll try to stick to the pattern this time!!!   (pattern will be available soon…I’m still working on patterns)

So here is Progress on Day 1…I’m sure you’ll see right away that at least one of them is a relative of the little vampire witch!!!!   …lol…   At least the feet!    (I couldn’t decide to use vertical or horizontal stripes so I did one of each!)   :)

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New Rug coming up! Halloween theme/rug hooking/Sunnie/hooked rugs

Well, I have had a nice rest…and thank goodness for resting too!   The temps here in Oregon around the Portland area have been sizzling!!!!   I’m so glad I got the mermaid finished in time…throwing that large rug around or having it on my lap (even with air conditioning!!!!) would be really tiring!!!!   (Now, I can just look at all that blue “water” and find it refreshing.)   :)

However, while I work on getting my patterns ready to go, I wanted to hook on something a bit smaller. 

  I have found a lot of Halloween and harvest-themed sketches in my “ideas” notebooks and thought I’d do another Halloween theme that I think will be fun!   I’ll also offer a pattern for the new rug and I won’t have to go through all the steps I’ve been doing to get the other patterns ready to go!

Because I no longer have the patterns I used on almost every one of my rugs (remember, I tape copy paper together and transfer my own designs…and then change them along the way!!!)   Even if I have the paper pattern, it is so changed and garbled that I can’t use it for anyone else.

I have to photograph the rug if I still have it OR go to my computer and search for the photo (if I still have one!!!) draw the pattern from the photo and then draw it again to refine it and get it printed…!!   Whew!!!   …lol…

I simply recycle, reuse or shred my previous patterns or I would be awash in paper!!!  

Anyway…I am involved with a couple of other projects right now too, as well as the pattern project, but I want to start my new rug towards the end of next week.   I miss my hooking!!!!    :)

So I’ll be excited to do this new design because I think it would make a fun smaller wall piece or table rug…or a banner for inside or outside the front door.

See you next week…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

 

Mystery-“Sea Life Celebration: The Painted Mermaid”/Sunnie/rug hooking-Day 32 Finished!

Hooray…we’ve reached the finish line!   I have enjoyed this so much!   :)

If you did not see yesterday’s post and the story of this rug, here it is…

The Story Of The Rug… The story I told myself as I went along changed to an idea starting in the 1930’s with the popularity of the supper clubs.   Supposing that this mermaid was a painted sign, pointing the way to “The Painted Mermaid Lounge and Supper Club”.  

Over the years, as the thriving waterfront fell into disrepair and the supper clubs lost their popularity  (in the 1940’s or so), perhaps a storm took the sign out to sea…where it sank to the bottom, and where it rests to this day!

Of course as we know,  life usually abounds where boats and other items sink to the bottom of the sea…and so it is with our mermaid sign.   She is in unusually good condition (artistic license!!!!) for being in the water that long…but we will overlook that technicality!   :)

She could be painted wood, painted stone or painted metal…and I loved using the “sand-coloured” wool for her “skin”!!!!   :)

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Pattern Information: If you enjoy creative doodling yourself, I hope you will try your own “doodle” rug.   If you are interested in a paper pattern for this mermaid rug, I’m working on getting it printed.   Although I won’t have All my designs as patterns, I believe I can do many of them.  

I will be resting for a while, working on getting my paper patterns drawn out and printed and redesigning my website: http://www.sunnieandressdesigns.com When I get things in order (!!!) I’ll post information here …a pattern list, costs ( all patterns under 20.00) and how to order.     If you have a pattern request, just let me know and I’ll see if it is one I can do.

I hope by offering paper patterns for you to put on your own choice of backing that will help those of you who have asked me to offer them!   I appreciate everyone who has encouraged me over the years…thank you so much…!    :) **********************************************************

Here we go…The Painted Mermaid – FINISHED on Day 32…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :) mermaid700

Mystery-“Sea Life Celebration: The Painted Mermaid”/Sunnie/rug hooking-Day 31

Hooray…we’re winding down now to the final hooking…tomorrow the whole rug will be finished…!   :)

A little background information about this rug for today…my first sketch was done years ago and featured the head, torso and top of the “hips” of a mermaid with her hands down pushing out of a large shell.   I then thought about that same sketch without the shell where she was shown playing a stringed musical instrument that was a shell-shape.    The rug was to be about 20 inches wide and 26 inches tall.   A wall piece.

I had decided to do something else with this sketch after I saw the zentangle methods of drawing and the creative doodling on the internet.    So many of the “doodles and drawings” look like either sea life or floral fancies to me…and I thought I could combine my mermaid drawing with doodling and see where it got me!!!!   …lol

As I told you…my biggest mistake at first was transferring All of my “on paper” doodles to the rug backing.   Since I was starting out hooking the belt around the hips of the mermaid and going on from there, I began adapting the drawings to suit what I needed as I worked.   Dividing my pattern in sixths (mentally!), I worked mostly in each section before going onto the next.   I needed to adapt design and colour to go with what I had done before!   Having all those lines on the backing just made a mess!!!!

If I were to do this rug as a doodle rug again…I would transfer the mermaid and a few parts that I knew I would keep and then design on the backing from there.   It would have been easier!!!   Also, there were no fish in my first drawing…just vegetation, leaves, seaweed, etc.   Now I can’t imagine the rug without it’s “critters”!

The Story Of The Rug…

The story I told myself as I went along changed to an idea starting in the 1930’s with the popularity of the supper clubs.   Supposing that this mermaid was a painted sign, pointing the way to “The Painted Mermaid Lounge and Supper Club”.   Over the years, as the thriving waterfront fell into disrepair and the supper clubs lost their popularity  (in the 1940’s or so), perhaps a storm took the sign out to sea…where it sank to the bottom, and where it rests to this day!

Of course as we know,  life usually abounds where boats and other items sink to the bottom of the sea…and so it is with our mermaid sign.   She is in unusually good condition (artistic license!!!!) for being in the water that long…but we will overlook that technicality!   :)

This has been a wonderful adventure to hook!!!   I’ve really enjoyed it…although hooking it this fast has given me some back and shoulder aches!!!!!   My own fault..!

So here is Progress on Day 31…tomorrow, the finished rug will be shown!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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