“The Little Gardener” Hooked rug Progress-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days-4-6

I am delighted to have found a way to hook the large border on this rug without taking away from the Center!!!!!!   🙂

Of course this piece could have been hooked in a more traditional manner  with the colours I thought about so many years ago…with the dogwood blossoms in the border done in pink or pale pink and cream and the little girl in pale pastel colours.   It could have been hooked realistically too…but, of course, that’s not my normal style!   And…since I changed the colours when I started, I had to either take out what I had done and start again, or deal with what I already hooked…!   I prefer to deal…!   🙂









Above are the pale “dirt” border colours I am using…

Next, the border flowers are no longer dogwood blossoms but are now “padulas” so that they will not draw attention to themselves.   They just softly blend in with the border background (the checked wool with the brown and green lines in it).

I am also using the green in the “wools” photo for the vines and half of each leaf.   the rest of the leaf is hooked in green leftovers!



Now I know that this border looks somewhat dull…(!!!)…however, if you can visualize these large flowers hooked in some of the colours I am using in the center, you can probably see that they would be overpowering and take away focus from the center figure.   Even if they complimented the center, some of the colours I tried (using small pieces of wool placed on the flowers) made the eye jump to 6 places around the border and then back to the center.   Again…not what I wanted…!

I did not put brown accents in the center flower but will try them in the upper left and upper right flowers when I get to them.   I thought the change to a different flower petal colour was enough for the center flowers.

Here is more hooking on the lower center…I’m glad to be getting farther along on the center as well as that big border!!!!!   I am going to take out the dark brown on the fenceposts…I find it too distracting!!!!

Off to get more of the house ready for the electric work…I will live in a “mess” in some rooms for a week or so…!   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!

4 thoughts on ““The Little Gardener” Hooked rug Progress-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days-4-6”

  1. Sunnie,, you always manage to make everything happen,,, love ur thoughts!!
    Love what u have done already,,,
    Hope ur not in a mess too long,,, thats distracting,,, and takes away from hookingntime, too,,,
    Thanks for sharing,,,

  2. After a stressful day, I can sit down and read your blog post. It looks very nice. I’m sure it will look spectacular when all finished…You put so much thoughts in your rugs, unlike me. I don’t do any analysis but just know if I like it or not. I don’t put much brain power in it.

  3. Well I think that my “always experimenting” brain really enjoys these little problems to solve!!!! …lol… I always appreciate your encouragement…and I’m hoping those kitties are doing well once again! 🙂

  4. Well, we know that although our hooking styles are different, we all enjoy doing what we do!!! Yes, I am always thinking about “stuff”…(and usually finding something funny to laugh at too…even if it is myself…!!!) I do hope your flooding will be over soon…I know how stressful that can be.

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