Mystery rug “HHHD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/Halloween rugs-Day 2

Well this one is coming right along!   I always have such fun on these that it is hard to stop hooking and do other things…like shopping for food, etc.!!!!!   …lol…

Sometimes people ask me where I start a rug…(center, one side, top or bottom, etc)…and I have to say that I start where I want to see what that area looks like first!!!!     🙂

On the “Trick or Treat-Halloween” rug just finished, I started my hooking at the bottom of the rug, went up the left side and into the center, worked on the right side border, hooked more in the center, did some on the top border (left), worked in the center, worked on the tree and the top and finished up on the right side border!!!

This time on “HHHD”…I am starting at the top left border and top border, going into the center top and working across the top border and center until I get to the right side border on the top of the rug.   I started here because I wanted to see if my idea for the “gated entrance” of this design worked with the design for the “outside lights motif” I wanted to use!   …lol…  

So the answer is that I start hooking anywhere I like!   However, when I first started hooking (I was doing more primitive designs with a #8 cut), people told me (teachers too) to start in the middle with my motifs, outline my motifs with my background wool to see if it worked well and then fill in background and do the border(s) last.  

The above suggestion does not work well for me at this stage of my life!!!!   🙂

I do not like “filling in backgrounds” and “rug hooking hell” for me would be spending weeks and weeks just filling in a solid beige background on a large rug!!!!      So I design rugs with a lot of designs and less background so I can do motifs and backgrounds as I go along.   Sometimes, if I am tired, I will do the border on the finished side of a rug if it is a plain border with one or two colours and I can just hook along in a straight line without having to think!   I also use plaids in my backgrounds…I find plaids more interesting to hook.

I am working each day on the pattern packets too, getting the photos and the full-size enlargements, etc.   Since I’m just learning all this Pattern-stuff and how to get pattern packets printed and ready, I should be better organized and more efficient when all the first try things are done!!!!   Would you believe that just folding the patterns to fit into the clear pattern bags and mailing envelopes is quite a job in itself!!!   …lol…

So here is Progress on HHHD-Day 2…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!

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