Can’t believe it is almost March…the time just flies by when you are having fun!!!!
I’m getting my home decorations, etc. ready for Springtime and that means putting away the deeper colours and getting out the lighter, more “Springtime” colours. Home decor is fun too and I always enjoy decorating for the Seasons. 🙂
I am busy steaming and getting ready to edge-finish my Cat rug and enjoying it myself!!! …I feel greatly blessed to be able to enjoy such a fun art-craft…one that gives me great pleasure!!! 🙂 I hope you all have something that brings you fun and enjoyment too!!!
I am working on several designs that I’d like to do but haven’t settled on one quite yet. But even the design process and the “thinking” is a pleasure. So many ideas to explore.
I haven’t done a “Creative Cutting” rug for a long time…this one was a hoot to design and hook. I just cut different shapes out of copy paper and arranged them on rug backing to see if a design would emerge. Some of the paper pieces reminded me of vegetables and leaves…and “Dancing At The Vegeta Ball…” was born!!!! This method really tests your creativity as there isn’t much to start with except shapes. But if you are experimenting…it is really fun to do!!! (Also, I love plays on words…so this one did that too!)
Often, I try something quite different after working on a rug with a very distinctive style…so we’ll see. However, the freestyle folkart rug is always a favourite of mine so I don’t know if I can resist doing one!!!
Hope you are having a lovely day…I will keep working for a few days (and resting after that marathon of hooking too!!!!!) …lol… and then get started on the next adventure.
Often, I find a colour that I want to use and that dictates the flavour of my design. I have a lot of the darker plaid wools from my “primitive” hooking days…but I might be looking to lighten up for Spring!
I also have a Chairpad Challenge on Rug Hooking Daily…and a “Soul Selfie” Challenge there too. So I’ll be busy…but happy too.
Happy Hooking…see you soon, Sunnie 🙂
Since I do a lot of “Mystery Rugs” on this blog, I thought I might start posting on a new Blog about smaller items like pillows, chairpads, etc. along with ideas and techniques that have helped me when I was a beginning rug hooker. Would love to have you visit…and happy too have you comment too! 🙂
I also thought I might try hooking a small rug or design where you can actually see what I am doing (!!!) 🙂 I did this many years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.
A “mystery” rug is, of course, a mystery so you can’t see the design as I hook it. But I thought I might enjoy showing some experiments and , perhaps, changes that I make to the pieces…and that could be on the “sister” Blog.
Also, I have a Blog that I did a very long time ago when I hardly knew what I was doing. I will try to take some of the content from that blog that hasn’t been used for a very long time. It might be helpful to someone…and the work was more primitive too.
The link is on the “Links” list (BLOGROLL) to the right…AA “Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking”
Hope you are staying either cool or warm this Summertime. I am ready for the hot weather to be over!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I finished the rest of “The Rooster and the Rose” today…it was great fun!
As I said, I used cut paper for the rose and some of the grass and flower “patterns” and just drew around them. I just sketched the rooster, a favourite theme in old fraktur and sampler images and added little bits as I went along.
The Rooster really looks like he is up to something…that little smile means there is mischief afoot…!!! …lol…
I think I’ll make this into a pillow and will show another picture here when it is finished. Now to decide on my next 12 x 12…I have a couple of ideas for that but just have to settle on something.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Happy Hooking! It is raining today so no outside work…more time to design more rugs!!! Here is Finished Project on Day 5… Sunnie 🙂
Hooray! I accomplished the “rose” for today’s post. 🙂
The weather has been a bit crazy lately…rain and cold, like the start of Spring days, and then heating up to Summer temps! I am still running outside for a bit to work, then when the rain starts, I run back into the house. I still feel like I am living a “cuckoo clock” life!!!!!!! …lol…
But…I did get some hooking done…and the rose was fun to do! For those who say they “can’t draw”…for the rose I just cut some paper in a rather angled circle, drew around it on the backing and then added a wavy line around it all. Then, I just drew a rather “squared off” spiral for the center and hooked it in 3 colours! That did not take much talent on my part…!!!!! 🙂 And now that the rose is done, those lower “flowers” look even goofier than they did before!!!!!! (they look a little drunk)
Now I realize that the “bud” does not look like it will turn into a rose of that colour (!!!) but that, as they say, is another matter altogether!!!!!
Not being a “real” gardener, I don’t know if this is a floribunda or a grandiflora or a hybrid tea rose (well, really a padula!!!!!) but I DO know I did not put any thorns on it. I am the owner of a garden where some of the roses have been here for a long time. They are beautiful and some of them have a heavenly fragrance, but they have large and wicked thorns. The scratches on my hands and arms attest to that…!!! Even when I put on gloves, the thorns catch me somewhere. (Roses are sneaky) 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 4…Happy Hooking! (and watch out for roses!!!!!) Sunnie 🙂
12 x 12 inch pieces go so quickly, I hope you will try this size for a fun mat or pillow, etc. 🙂
I hope to finish the hooking on this one in a couple of days. I am happy with the colours and will remember them when I design a larger rug.
Here is the Pendleton plaid I am using for the background:
And the plaid I am using for the rooster body:
As you can see, I am working on this from the bottom up…and I am liking the leaf shapes. I might use that shape again…and they are easy to cut out of paper and just draw around for a quick pattern!!!
Here is the Progress for Day 3…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I couldn’t believe that this blog program has “protected” me from over 18,000 Spam comments!!!! I still have a few “spams” that come through and most of them are simply disjointed comments that have nothing to do with rug hooking or crafts of any kind.
I still have trouble understanding why anyone would spend time sending comments that make no sense or advertising comments to people who have Blogs about their homes and gardens, their art or craft projects or their families. After all, they could be hooking or painting or embroidering or woodcarving…etc. with that time!!!!! 🙂
And now…On to “The Rooster and the Rose”….
As I’ve said, I am using this as an experiment with the background plaid and also with the limited colour choices. Rather soft, primitive colours and lots of leftovers!!! (that “S” kinda looks like a worm!) 🙂
So here is Day 2 Progress…that tan I am using for the rooster body is a plaid also, and a couple of the green strips are plaids. Cutting the paper leaves was fun and the “lollipop flowers” look a bit weird…and I like that. Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Well, you just knew I couldn’t wait to start my new Mystery Rug! I’ll be hooking a couple of things in January but I was excited to use the wools I pulled out for this…so I made a start before January 1st…! 🙂
I decided to hook something I thought was beautiful…rather a departure for me as “beauty” is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when I decide upon a design! I do have a place for this rug already…as I said, I will be sizing my rugs so that I can hang them to replace rugs already hanging in my home. The changing seasons are perfect for changing the rugs around…so I’ll have fun!
I am experimenting with a border this time…trying out a plaid wool that is a different colour from my plaid background…but not too much!!! I think my background wool reads as “warm” and the border wool reads as “cool”…so we’ll see how it works. 🙂
Tomorrow I will show you the 2 wool plaids I am using so you can see how they hook up.
So here is Progress on Day 1…Happy New Year Everyone! And…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂