New Hooked Rug-Day23/Mystery~Sunnie

Today, I said I’d  tell you the thought processes that went on when I did the Creative Cutting method to design this rug.  I hope you will try it someday too.

To refresh your memory, Creative Cutting is when you take blank sheets of paper (I use white copy paper because it shows up great on my linen background) : )  and simply cut out shapes at random…not drawing anything on the paper.  I cut about 10-12 shapes to start.  Then arrance the shapes on your background material, moving the pieces around until you see something emerging.  (This is like looking at cloud shapes…you know, where one looks like a whale and another looks like a giant bird, etc.)

When you get an idea, go and cut other shapes to fill out the design…then use the shapes as templates, draw around them and you are good to go!!!  ; )

Here are my steps with this rug:

1.Creative Cutting 10 paper shapes ~~~  2. Hearing radio program about healthy eating for young people/more fruits and vegetables~~~3. Fiddling with shapes on my backing~~~4. Remembering old business phrase, “Better Living Through Chemistry” (DuPont company I think!!)~~~5.  Thinking “Better Living Through Vegetables”~~~6. Arranging shapes again on backing-seeing leaf and vegetable shapes.~~~7. Remembering leaf “shoe” shape from T-Time Lady rug.~~~8.  Cutting and arranging more shapes and thinking about plays on the word, vegetable.~~~9. Thinking of joyful vegetables or dancing vegetables, maybe at a Dance or Ball.  thinking of a “Vegeta Ball” play on word.~~~10. Adding more shapes to make figures. ~~~11. Thinking of dancing and music and how I like to walk to disco music because of the beat. ~~~12. Thinking a “beet” is a vegetable…putting a beet in one figure’s hand. ~~~13. Dressing the figures in leaf and vegetable-looking clothing. ~~~14. Title for rug pops into head…”Dancing At The Vegeta Ball – I’ve Got The Beet!”   LOL  It’s a little crazy but it works.  : )

Designs don’t have to be funny or wacky!!!  It is just how my mind works!!!  You might see a ship or padula flowers or a basket…and the shapes might trigger a memory of a rug you’ve always wanted to hook.  Your Grandma’s house in the woods, a ship in the rolling waves,  beautiful fish shapes, etc.  This exercise is all about creative thinking and the shapes just make it easier to do!!!  : )

I’ve done more of the lettering for today’s progress!!!!!  : )


Happy Hooking!!!  Are we having fun yet?    (I am!!!) LOL


Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist now living in Vancouver, Washington. We loved our Vermont "Old Crow Farm" but now I live in a little cottage with a bright yellow front door! I no longer have my business but still love designing and hooking rugs and experimenting with colour...! I do "mystery rugs" on my Blog and that is great fun!

5 thoughts on “New Hooked Rug-Day23/Mystery~Sunnie”

  1. I have loved seeing the figures on the rug appearing and to read the thought processes behind the design, is just the icing on the cake. Thank you

  2. WOW! I’m impressed! I think I’m much too anal to do something like that…so give you so much credit for your achievement!

  3. I really am going to try this method sometime. I’ll let you know if works for me. It’s just a great free association exercise isn’t it?! How cool!!

  4. Thanks, everyone!!! : ) This is simply another way to get us thinking creatively and playing with designs and words, etc.

    It is true, you have to relax and not be burdened with any restrictions (will this be stupid, will my hooking group think I’m crazy, etc.) but I think it is good to stretch ourselves from time to time and to expand our horizons!! LOL

    Boy, did I learn a lot from doing the Bradley Primitive, the Helen’s Tapestry and the Homeplace Primitive rugs. Many of the techniques I used on these rugs were things I’d never done before…and I was doing them before a lot of people on the Blog. (Whew!!!) : ) You saw my mistakes and my choices and had your own ideas about how these rugs could have been done! I think that’s great!!!! I love to look at all types of rugs and decide what I like or don’t like or how I would change something, etc.

    Then…I like to see what I can come up with that is not what others are doing… something different!!! Something fun!!! Yes, Yes…and something goofy!!!! LOL
    Let me know if you try this and if it works for you!!! I’d love to see your creations!!! : )
    Hugs, Sunnie : )

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.