New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 7

Special note…

First, here are more plaids I am using shown in the post for today.   The green is the border wool and the burgundy is used with the dark blue plaid on the left of the brown section.   the blue plaid used alone is on the right of the brown!

Second…although I am not a “teacher”, I am a “sharer” and an “encourager” in my rug hooking life.   (and also in my regular life too, I hope!!)…  ……. I would Like to call myself a “wise old lady” but I might get a Lot of flack from those who really know me personally (!!!!) so I will use the less inflammatory terms here!!!!)   🙂

I thought some of you might be interested in why I did NOT use the little border motifs that I had drawn on this rug.

When I put the motifs on the border, I had drawn those “wispy” leaves along the side of the rug and I thought a “vaguely leafy” design all along the border would add some interest to the sides of the rug.  ( I am working on the left side of the rug now coming up from the bottom.)

However, when I decided to do the large, tropical-looking leaves for the sake of the entire picture, the little border design was simply unnecessary!  so I took a few minutes to hook a little of that motif so you can see what I mean.     The photo shows that the light green doesn’t Add anything to the rug and actually takes Away your eye from the rug center where the “action” is.   Now, of course, I can see the entire rug design and you cannot see that yet…but my point is this.   If you are working on a rug of your own or a commercial design, I know it helps me if I sit back,  look at the rug design and decide if that little flower there or that little border design over there, etc. Really add to the part of the rug that is my main focus.

On this rug (like that of the Grumpy Lions rug) the center inside design is the focus of the rug…and that focus is very important for this rug in particular!   So I hope that this helps a bit for those unsure about whether to just disregard parts of the design if they don’t really like them (we can change whatever we want..!) or to do the entire rug pattern and feel that they shouldn’t change anything.

I am so used to crossing out part of my pattern, changing that flower to a chicken or taking out part of a border, etc. that it doesn’t bother me to do any of that.   (this has nothing to do with the “if you change 5 things about a rug you can copy it without paying the designer for her/his copyrighted work” idea that floats around..!!!)   That is always wrong.

But if you are hooking someone else’s pattern and you change a few things, simply put on your information label or identification card at a rug show something like… My rug…”Elmer’s Happy Toads” is a Gildalene Prine design, with adaptations by Sunnie Andress.   Hooked by Sunnie Andress .     Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂













And away we go!!!!   A great time at “Autumn in the Northwest” hook-in…wonderful rugs to see both finished and “in progress”!   I completed the whipping of the edge of my “Ancient Ornament” rug so that one is almost finished.  Then,  the final steaming and sewing on the labels and the hanging sleeve (this is a wall piece)!  

As I’ve said, I like doing the finishing work at hook-ins or hosting our hooking group because it is much more enjoyable to visit while doing this “rather boring” stuff…and I have to be close to my wool stash when I’m hooking!   Can’t bring the whole wool room to a hook-in!!!   🙂

I will photograph more of the plaids I am using later today.   I have “enhanced” these photos so you can better see the plaids and textures…so the photos are lightened.   But I’ll also give a picture that is not lightened…as I’ve said, some of the plaids “read” as a more solid colour with highlights and shadows!

A reminder of the little story that goes with this rug!



This rug features the well-known personages, Sir Willifried Eggburt Whiffles and Dr. Horatio Ponsenbee Sopwortt.    The glorious books written by both authors have made awe-inspiring contributions to the higher echelons of knowledge in the areas of botany, dendrology, fertilizing and composting.

You will no doubt remember Sir Willifried’s splendid tomes:

“Barking Up The Wrong Tree”

“Leaf Me Alone” and

“Fabulous Saps I Have Known”

Many scholars have lost themselves in the intensive research notes provided to them by the author.   Some of them are still lost.

Known around the world for his ability to turn a phrase, Dr. Sopwortt’s book is truly a masterpiece!   

       ” Stepping Into The Wonderful World of Manure” is a majestic “coffee table” book with many glorious brown-toned photos!    The chapter on , “Is it cow pats, cow chips or cow pies…?”  is especially thrilling!    (a small pamphlet is included with this superb book giving jolly tips and hints for cleaning boots, shoes, sandals and bare feet…another thoughtful presentation by Dr. Sopwortt.)

However, the best is yet to come!   These two giants of the literary world are collaborating on a book that will become, no doubt,  the crowning achievement of their illustrious careers.   They have set out to capture_________________ and, if successful, the resulting book will be called, STRWP!     



I will show the story from time to time so that those joining us later in the adventure will know what is going on!!!!   (Well, at least they will know about all the silliness!!!)   lol

So here we go on Day 7…I am having great fun with this rug so far and love working with the colours I have chosen as I go along!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂





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!

2 thoughts on “New STRWP Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 7”

  1. I have never heard about these two famous authors but I’m sure you will bring them to life in your rugs. Nice even hooking and those plaids are really strutting their stuff.

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 )

Twitter picture

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

Facebook photo

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

Google+ photo

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

Connecting to %s