New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 1

Here we go!!!!   However, you will not be surprised when I tell you that I changed my mind in the middle of preparing for the design so I am doing something different…!!!   🙂

This piece still has the medieval component to it but instead of being a  more traditional design I decided to do something “blended-with-a-bit-of-humor”!   As you know, I like to combine motifs and ideas from a lot of different sources.   This rug combines a medieval design with traces of vintage decorative painting, ethnic folk art, sampler designs and fraktur images.  

I wanted to use my newly purchased wool for the background but I thought I might also be able to use up more woolworms and small pieces of wool in the design.   I was thinking about Heidi’s challenge on Rug Hooking Daily and I might be able to do that with this piece but I’ll have to measure it to see if it falls within the size rules.   If I use enough leftover worms I might be able to use it for the “Rug Deworming Group” too!!!  

I’ve said many times before that I love to use plaids for backgrounds because of the “life” and/or “motion” they give to the piece.   This wool reminds me of the colours of pancakes and maple syrup (I must be thinking of Joe and Vermont…!) and I think it gives a more lively look than a solid background would.   Also, I think a solid background would be more “formal” and I want this rug to be happy and fun. 

I will take a picture of the plaid wool tomorrow and put it on the next post…as I want you to see it.   It is from “Heavens to Betsy” and is called “Milk and Honey”.   

I know you are always thrilled at the start of these rugs to see the great artistry that I put in at the beginning!!!!!!!   LOL   If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you.   So here we go on Day 1:

FLDDay1Happy Hooking!!!   Sunnie  🙂



New Mystery Rug starting after Memorial Day! – Sunnie-rug hooking-hooked rugs

Hooray!   I’ve been so busy with my house and garden work that I haven’t had any time for hooking…but I finally will start another rug the first week in June!

This new rug will be about 29 x 26 inches and is inspired by drawings and designs from the 1400’s to the 1600’s.   With a little of my artistic license thrown in!!!!!!   🙂

As you know, I like to combine my own ideas with some art from the past…and also I sometimes like to choose the wool first and then find something to hook with that wool.   This is what I did with this design!   I have some great leftovers of deep blues, various colours of leftover woolworms and a beautiful new plaid with cream, tan, browns and grays that I think will be fun to work with.   I think I’ll use a #6 for a lot of it and some #5 and #4 for detail.  I’ll choose the rest of the colours as I go along!

Since I have been having some plumbing work done these last couple of days, I have had time to relax and work on rug designs.   Because I have no water for a lot of the day or only cold water, I can’t really do washing or clean house, etc. so I can just sit and think…!   🙂   (And design…and look at books…and enjoy myself.)

I hope you are all well and enjoying the Spring-Summer (or Autumn-Winter) wherever you are.   I am anxious to get started on this new piece so keep tuned and we’ll start on this new adventure soon!!!

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂



Spring-Summer Happiness…and work!!!!

Wow, I had forgotten how much work (fun work but tiring work!!!) that owning a home and gardens was!!!


I have been having work done (electrical and plumbing) on my home and I’ve been trying to tame the great lawn and garden plants that came with this little cottage.   🙂   Thankfully, I have a man who mows the lawn (I have allergies to newly mown grass!!!)

I do love design (why are you not surprised…!!!) and home decorating and design is a lot like designing rug hooking patterns!   I want my cottage to be comfortable, pretty, organized and simplified so that I can enjoy caring for it and still have time to do my rugs and enjoy my family and friends.   I have been going through old paperwork, shredding a lot of it that was 10 years old and not needed and finding the old, original photographs of my family that I pass along to my son who is our “keeper of the past”.

I hope to  back to hooking soon as I miss it when I am not working on something fun!!!!   “Life” has intervened and I won’t be able to attend the “Hookity Do Dah” gathering this weekend as I planned, but there will be other gatherings to attend coming up.

I hope you are all well and enjoying Spring or Summer or Autumn or Winter wherever in the world you are!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂


“Sisters Are Blossoms In”….(SABI)Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-Finished

Hooray…finally hooked all those flowers and all that background…!!!!!    I had fun with this rug and challenged myself to use up lots of leftover woolworms!!!!!   🙂

So here is the Finished Rug on Day 15…I have enhanced one of the photos so you can see it a bit better…but the rug is not bright but more “organic” and subdued in colour.   I have a “triangle” of brighter colour in the center with the yellow of the sisters’ hair and the black and white triangle at their waists.   I always try to use the brights in a rug of this kind so they will fit in with the duller more prim colours…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…!   But using leftovers, I did not have a lot of choice!

I love my sisters-in-law and my “wool sisters”, even though I don’t have a sister myself.   I wanted to try to see if I could do a rug or two featuring sisters for patterns…we’ll see if this one would be suitable.

I’ll rest for awhile and decide on my next rug design…I have several in my head but getting them on the backing is the first step…and I’m still sewing curtains and organizing my cottage rooms!!

Here we go…Happy Hooking and thank you for coming on my latest adventure…Spring days and growing things are just around the corner!!!   Sunnie  🙂



New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

Hooray!!!!!   I am almost finished with this rug and it has been fun…but so many flowers!!!!!   There are 30 smaller flowers and I almost forgot the 2 tulips!!!!!

Now that I live in a cottage, I will be trying to have a “cottage garden”…and since I have seasonal allergies, it must be a garden that does not need a lot of work!!!!   But I want it to look nice…with a lot of pink, yellow and white!!!   (I was thinking of my friend, Julia, as I worked on this as she has so many beautiful flowers and plants at her home…just wonderful.   (see them at her blog “Of Petals and Wool”).

OF course, hooking a garden or hooking plants, trees and flowers does not trigger my allergies!!!!   So I am safe there!

Here’s a little more about the rug.   To remind you, it is 24 x 39 so it is not a little piece.   I said that I had been looking at antique rugs, antique samplers and painted Polish folk art in the way of “bride’s boxes”.   The padula flowers on each side of the rug are a favourite motif on samplers, rugs and even painted dower chests.   On the bride’s boxes, there is usually a center figure of a woman or of a couple.

I also wanted this rug to be a “scrappy” rug, using up leftover woolworms and little pieces in my stash.   I had a lot of more primitive colours and some brights leftover too.   Now was the hard part of my challenge…how to make something that looked nice but used up mostly leftovers.   I did use larger pieces of wool for the three-four backgrounds.   (I ran out of the middle background and had to improvise.)

I had been thinking about doing a rug celebrating sisters!   Now I do not have a sister (I do have a great brother)!  That is why I say that this rug does not apply to me…except that I have been blessed over the years with wonderful sister-in-laws!!!!   So I can claim the rug with sister-in-laws!   🙂

I wanted the rug to have an “organic” look, the gold and brown plaid background reminded me of the soil needed to grow plants and also those backgrounds could be tree trunks.   Even the containers that the flowers seem to be planted in reminded me of eggs, broken open with something living growing out of them.   The center area of black and white reminded me of native American weavings (and used up some space where I ran out of center background).   Also, the black and white drew more attention to the center where the focus of the rug is located.

I thought this anonymous saying about sisters was a great title for the rug and although blossoms, like sisters are not exactly alike (even twins seem to have some differences) they are beautiful just as they are!   This rug was sketched on the backing and is done in a naïve folk style, including the lettering which is not perfect.   I had fun working on this “SABI…..” challenge.


I believe I will have the whole rug finished by tomorrow!!!!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂

New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11&12

For the last couple of days I have been hooking more flowers and lots of light background…which takes a Lot of time!!!!!!!   🙂                    

 But I am now getting close to the final hooking area and finishing a couple more words so I hope to finish this rug in the next few days.   I have said that I am really enjoying the challenge of this piece, limiting myself to large pieces of wool only for the backgrounds and then searching for leftover woolworms and small pieces to do the motifs and the lettering.  

However, it is more time-consuming that I thought it would be because of the width of the leftovers I have!   Some of the strips are a #8 cut   (which I used quite a bit in years past) so I either have to hand-cut them narrower or search for #6 and below leftovers.   Also, the Townsend cutter that I have has the long cartridges, cutting 6 #6 strips at a time.

So here is Progress on Days 11 and 12…I am now starting on more dark background today…and more flowers!!!!!!!   At least you have figured out that this rug has something to do with gardens and flowers!!!   When I do the final showing of the words, you’ll understand what you will see in the body of the rug!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 10

Well here we go again…I was able to hook a lot of light background that is not particularly interesting~!!   🙂

But I did get some done on colours too!   I am enjoying the colour challenge and using up leftovers…so it really is fun!!!

Here is Progress on Day 10…at least a bit of the interesting part.   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂

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