New Mystery Rug 2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 6-7

This rug is such fun!!!!   I love the colours and am choosing them as I go from leftovers and small wool pieces for the motifs and accents.   🙂

This plaid background is great to work with as it shows off other colours so well…!   Because of the weave, I am using a #6 cut for the background and the wool does not fray too much with careful handling.    

When I hook, I am not “in a hurry” even though I might be excited looking forward to the next motif or choosing another fun colour!!!   Rug hooking is both exciting and relaxing for me…which sounds silly but that’s the truth.   (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it…!!!!)   …lol…

Now that I can see more background and more colours, I really like the black and white border…so I have hooked more of that for this post too. 

 I told you that I am not too concerned about the “exactness” of the black and white rectangle size.   Instead of doing more measuring (I did that once at first) I simply fold the rug and place the right side of the border against the left side to see if I am not too far off with the sizes.   (This is what my husband would call “offhanded measuring”…he always laughed when I built simple wooden shelves as I would measure at first and then if I found I’d  made a mistake and cut one side a bit shorter, I just put that board on top of the longer one, drew a line and made the shelves a bit shorter!!!! )    🙂

Joe was a real craftsman and built beautiful furniture and accessories.   I learned early on Not to have him build anything for me where I just wanted something simple!!!   He made beautiful measured drawings, chose lovely woods and built with precision…so if I wanted something plain out of pine shelving, I built it myself.   It saved us any “squabbling”…lol… and I got my shelves a lot faster!!!!!!!

So here is Progress on Days 6-7…I had fun sorting through my leftover strips to add bright dots and swirls and to do a bit of “false shading” to the leaves.    I am drawing more green “vines” as I go because I love the curving lines!   Now we all know that Sunflowers do not have vines growing out of them (!!!) but that does not stop me!   If I think vines are good…then we’ll have vines.   Happy Hooking and Happy February too!   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!

4 thoughts on “New Mystery Rug 2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 6-7”

  1. You are a funny lady, I would have loved having Joe build something for me. I love precision. My husband, on the other hand, build thing a little wonky. lol. He’s a slam, bang and thank you man, kind of a guy.

    I have seen vines grow on sunflower stalks before in real life… But, like you say, nothing is impossible in your rug hooking. Sunflowers can have vines. It’s looking great.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. Awesome fun,,,, is right, sunnie,,,
    Looking so great!! Love that sunflower,,,,
    Thanks for sharing ur stories,,,, enjoy them,,,

  3. I actually am a fairly good builder of primitive simple things…but certainly not to Joe’s expertise!!! He was building beautiful things for me in the house so I didn’t want to add simple things that I could easily do to his “to build” list…!!!! …lol… We could work together on some things (we did great wallpapering together!!!) but not when I needed simple things for my attic studio! 🙂
    I am hoping that the vines don’t take over the sunflower…lol… but I am adding more vines on the right side too! I might have to change the title of this rug to “De-vine”!!! Hugs, Sunnie 🙂

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