“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-new/2018 mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/Hooking Information

I appreciate your comments and am happy to answer any questions you have if I know the answers!!!!!!   …lol…   I’ll post “Lady Nesta’s” Day 2 progress later today!    🙂


Julia asked me about the “higgly piggly” hooking that I mentioned on yesterday’s post.   It is the section with the greens and yellows right under the bird feet.







I hooked the above “bird” section a bit differently…hooking more in lines because of the rounded shape of the motif…but below is a picture of the “real” higgly piggly hooking.   (From the “little gardener” rug.)   You can see the loops going in all directions!   (I left some little spaces and added the red in After the yellow and green was finished.)







Holding the two strips close together, you bring them up and pull them through together…hooking in different directions as you go along.








If one of the 2 strips ends up behind the other, you can just nudge the loop out with your hook and keep on going.

My normal hooking below.   I was taught to hook “neatly”…so I either hook in curving lines or straight lines, with neater loops going the same way for the most part.  So,  “higgly” was a “strange” technique for me…but I really like it for certain situations.   🙂   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂





New Mystery Rug-2011/Day 5/Sunnie/Old Crow Farm

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We’re at Day 5 of this rug and I am really having fun with it…:)

I love seeing a rug emerge when the wool colours are added…it’s exciting and makes me want to just keep hooking and not do anything else!!!

I’ll bet you all know what it is by now!!!  LOL  🙂  (and here you thought I did not do “florals”…I put one in just for those of you who love flowers!!!)

I am using some of my hand-dyed mottled wools here too as they give a shading where I don’t want to shade using several wools!!!  After all, this is a fun rug and not a serious fine cut masterpiece!  (I prefer to do several goofy and whimsical “masterpieces” (lol) instead of one big one!!) 😉

See you tomorrow!!!  Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂

New Mystery Rug-2011/Day 4/Sunnie/Old Crow Farm

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Here we are at Day 4…the green/brown in the photo is that green/brown plaid.  I like the way it hooks up!!!

One of the interesting things about doing a rug where you plan colours as you go and use what you have on hand, is the training to really Look at the colours!!!  Now I know that sounds rather stupid as , of course, we look at the colours we use!  🙂  But as I go through my stash and really look at the different colours in each piece…even the base wool used for the hand-dyed wools…I learn something new and useful.  I didn’t really care for the “confetti” wool after I bought it, but I like that it hooks up in a pleasant “cream with accents” way!!!  I’m enjoying using it in this piece!!!

As you know, if you have visited here before, I use a lot of plaids in my hooking these days.  I love the energy, movement and yes, even sparkle, in the way that the colours of the plaid blend in the hooking.  It changes a plain background to a more interesting one in my way of thinking.  Or it adds a bit of shading without having to actually DO shading!!!  lol    Of course, I do “primitive”, “wide cut” or “folk art style” rugs and the plaids are more appropriate there than in fine cut floral shading!!   🙂

I am hooking this rug in #6 and #8 mostly…but using a #5 or a hand-cut strip where I need them. 

Happy Hooking…I’m glad you are watching this rug come “to life” along with me!!  : )

New Hooked Rug-Little Allerton-Day 36-FINISHED! /rug hooking/Sunnie

Little Allerton – Day 36   …..primitive hooked rugs, creativity, Creative Life, fiber art, folk art, colour, color, wool


The 36th day and the hooking is finished!!!  What an enjoyable project this rug has been…and I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy doing a floral, especially one where the design is so much “the same”!  But if you want a wonderful cottage floral for your cottage (!!)…and you love using a #6 cut (I do!)…I think you would really enjoy this pattern from House of Price! 😉

So here is the completed rug (except for the edge finishing, of course!) 😉  (my flash on the camera makes it look a little “light” in spots but I think you can see it fine!!!)

I may adjust a strip or two and check again for “holidays” as I often do after hanging the rug up and looking at it for a time…but this has been great fun!!  😉 

 Thank you for following along with me!!  I appreciate it.  Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  😉 

New Hooked Rug-Little Allerton-Day 35/rug hooking/Sunnie

Little Allerton – Day – 35     …..primitive hooked rugs, folk art, creativity, fiber art, hand-hooked rugs, folk artist

For today’s post, I had time to finish the three leaves on the other side of the border.  Hooray…I have only two flowers to go!!!  😉

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  😉

New Hooked Rug-Little Allerton-Day 34/rug hooking/Sunnie

Little Allerton – Day 34    …..primitive hooked rugs, creativity, folk art, fiber art, colour, color, rug hooking lessons

For today’s post, I decided to work on the background and the leaves on the other side so that my finish would be the two center flowers!!  (Always fun!!!)

When finished, I will display the entire rug and set it in my “edge-finishing” pile!!!!  (I like to do the edge finishing at my hooking group or on the road as it is easy to do and you can visit or look at scenery when you do it!!!!  )  😉

Here we go…

I’ll see how much I can finish for tomorrow’s post!!!  Happy Hooking!!!  Sunnie 😉  (Oh yes, I think I have decided on a “Mystery” rug to do…but I keep laughing about it so you know there will be something funny in there somewhere!!!!  I think it will be a hoot!!!)

New Hooked Rug-Little Allerton-Day 33/rug hooking/Sunnie

Little Allerton – Day 33   ……hooked rugs, creativity, rug hooking lessons, primitive rugs, colour, color, wool

Wow, I can’t believe it has been 33 days!!!  But I have been working on several things so the time goes fast!!    Since I didn’t have a lot of time to hook for this post, I decided to do three of the leaves!!!  😉  So here they are in living colour!!!!  lol

I was glad that I ordered enough of the 6 value swatches for the leaves and the flowers…but searched out some wools in my stash too! As I said,  I already had the background wool and I do love it!!!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂