New Mystery Rug “WWGPH”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 9

Always enjoy reading your comments about rug hooking or the fiber art and folk art that you do!    Also painting, quilting, collage…etc.   We all learn from each other and tips or advice about you use colours, etc. are always welcome!   🙂

Today is another colour “blooper”!!!   …lol…     I like to show you errors from time to time because if you hook experimentally like I do, then you know that an experiment might not work right…!!!!   🙂

Here is another photo today showing a colour that had unintended consequences!!!   If you notice the “kinda-leaf-like” (a technical term!!!!!!!) motif in the border center, you’ll see that it has a deep, dull wine colour  inside the dark blue veins.   Now that would probably be OK with that rust background…but when I sit back and look at the rug now, the shape and the wine colour (especially at night) it doesn’t look leaf-like at all but more like part of a misshapen basketball…!  🙂

So I will make a change there, even though it is not a very important part of the border.   It looks funny to me so I will do as you probably do with any mistakes you make…change it so it looks better.   I’ll try some bright and some dull colours.

Background is moving more into the mottled purple as I get to the right hand side of the rug.

Here is Progress on Day 9…not a lot of time yesterday to work…and I’m doing more outside work today but should have some hooking time later on…I’ll need the rest…!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

 

New June 22, 2017 Mystery Rug- “WWGPH”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 2

This is really fun!!!!!       🙂

I like using the bright colours for the leaves and then figuring out what wool strips to use to fill them in!!!     Yes, I know that those 2 little green leaves don’t “go” with the rest…but I wanted to try little green leaves here and there.   If they don’t work out, I can always change them!!!!!!!!!      After all, rug hooking is very forgiving when you want to make changes.   🙂 

There are little piles of wool all over the hooking room floor now so I can see what wild colours will look good with the blue background!    Also, I can use some leftovers here too.   I am using mostly #4 and #5 cut strips but will throw in (!!) a #3 and a #6 here and there…especially if it is a leftover woolworm. 

I need to be sure the transition from that dark blue to the blue and purple mottled wool works as I go across the rug.   I’ll have to adjust things when I get more motifs and background hooked.   With all the backing showing it is hard to see just what a few strips here and there will actually look like once all is finished.

So here is Progress on Day 2…the heat is starting to rise today so I will do a little outside this morning and then stay inside during the heat of the day and evening.   I can pretend to do a little cleaning, etc….lol…but then tell myself that I am “so tired” from all that exertion and just sit down and hook!!!!!!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2017 Mystery Rug-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 11-12

We are still dealing with “weather” here as we have an ice event coming with a rain event after…, etc.   🙂   I know all over the country we are having “weather”!!!!!!!!

I have been filling in background on my rug but finally have to post at least Some Progress!!!!!!   I have spent several hours, over the weekend and yesterday, filling in little areas and more at the top of the rug under the “Welcome” sign.

I have to laugh at my daily work as I have to remember to turn off the water that I leave on during the night so the pipes won’t freeze,  check the back deck for ice by the back door, check the front sidewalk and deck area for ice, go out and at least start the car every few days…(haven’t driven anywhere for about a week and a half if not more)…and continue to move furniture and books, etc, out of the living-dining rooms to prepare for the electrical work which has now been delayed due to the weather!!!!!

As I’ve said, I did prepare so I have had plenty of food and water but I am also changing my decorative items for a different colour scheme after the electrical work is done, so that means sewing some things and organizing and putting away the previous decorations so they are ready when I want to go back to them again!!!   

I know you are shaking your heads and saying “Whatever!”…so I will actually show a picture for Progress on Days 11-12 today!   I still can’t believe how long it takes to just do background…!   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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Mystery Rug Aug/Sept-“Encounter or Rendezvous?”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 26 Finished!

Hooray…the rug is finished…!   🙂

   This piece started out simply but seemed to take on other stories as I hooked…weaving themselves in and out of the wool. 

The viewers are the “watchers”…we are looking out into the darkness.   Do we see two living beings meeting each other?   One living, the other a statue?   Two statues?   As observers, we are often not sure of what we are seeing…the wind, a flicker of light, something moving in the dark can give us a false impression.  

At first, I had a garden image but the weeping branches and the urns could be a cemetery entrance…yes?    The female figure could be a statue…or she could be a woman weeping (as shown on many embroidered mourning pictures).   And what about the bird-man figure (the Celtic drawing)…could he be a visitor from another world or a person in a costume to hide his identity?   Is he a threat?  

As I hooked the flowers I realized that I had drawn some with bare roots…which means they would soon die.   However, other flowers were happy and safely in the ground.   I remembered the rhyme about magpies when hooking the birds…the 1780 version…”One for sorrow, Two for mirth, Three for a funeral, Four for a birth…” and realized that I had taken three birds from the group of birds on the ancient fragment of textile…so was this a sad occasion?   Of course, the birds look like flying chickens (!!!!)…so that can’t be sad…can it?

Also, the silly red shoes on the bird figure, the happy flowers and insects and the unexpected sweater on the woman don’t seem to suggest something unhappy.  ( I told you I laughed when hooking the woman’s costume because I had intended to do the draped bodice shown on many Greek statues.   I had a thought pop into my head of the “graffiti knitting” people who knit and crochet caps, sweaters, etc to “yarn bomb” statues in courtyards, etc. So I couldn’t resist “yarn bombing” either the woman or the statue which made the rug even sillier!!!!!)

Perhaps, our time of staring into the darkness makes us think we are seeing something fanciful or enchanted when it is really happening behind our own eyes.   Is that an opening to another world where the sky changes under that arched green branch by the bird-man’s wing?  What about those “eyes” down by the bird-man’s feet?    Did we hear a voice in the darkness or was it only the wind?   Even my initials seemed to take on a life of their own!!!    The “S” looks like it is shrinking back away from the “A” which looks like it is aggressively running towards the “S”.   Is this more enchantment?   Are even the initials alive?   …lol…   Or is nothing in this scene alive?

I felt that this rug needed a border…and I chose a large one.   Without the border, the rug seems to me to have less mystery!   The border also has suggestions of life and death, a hedge dying back in Winter but the four green leaves in the corners still showing the promise of life.   Is there life inside the hedge or only life on the outside?   There are gaps in the hedge on the sides, beside the center motifs,  for us to either enter or to leave the center…as we wish.

Because the rug is a riddle, a puzzle… a piece with many hidden meanings it could really be titled “Enigma”!   The viewer can weave the story most pleasing to them…and I enjoyed all of the stories that passed through my mind when hooking this rug.    🙂

Or it could be just a Rug!   🙂

Here is the finished rug on Day 26… first picture without the border:

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New Mystery Rug-2016-YMMFLD/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 18 FINISHED!

Here we go!   This rug was such fun to do!   🙂    Hooray, it’s FINISHED…!   🙂

The Experiment for me…to blend adapted motifs from ancient art – “Sky.Earth.Water”

with a medieval illustration – “The Musician” –

with “Flower Designs” from Czech/ Italian/ Mexican pottery –

with Pennsylvania Dutch fraktur images – “The Fish”

and put it all on a plaid background wool from Heavens to Betsy’s shop called “Milk and Honey”!!!    🙂

As I designed this piece, I also thought about a little story about the musician looking at his beloved on the other side of the garden and breaking into a dance!   Leo Sayer’s song from 1976 – “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” popped into my head and I thought I could also use this rug for the challenge on Rug Hooking Daily!    (a rug design inspired by a song or literary work)

As you know, I said earlier that there was a part of the rug that showed what happens when you don’t pay attention to what you are doing!   The figure is so focused on his beloved that he has danced right over the water and is in danger of sinking into the pond with the fish!!!

There are 2 or 3 more of these medieval figures and I thought they were funny when I first saw them in one of my Dover books.   I loved the little flags on their shoes and their baggy bloomers!   Bloomers reminded me of flowers and I started thinking about putting him/them in a garden setting.   The rug design then went from there to bringing in motifs from several time periods and countries, adapting them and putting them all together in a rug on a plaid background.

So here is Progress on Day 18 – FINISHED..!   Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me.   I know we are all busy with other things this summer but I appreciate your visiting me here!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂

“YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING” rug-2016

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New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 14

Well “life” intervened a bit yesterday but I still had time to do some hooking!!!   Since much of it was filling in background, I thought I’d wait until this morning to post a bit more!

I have been thinking about hooking initials since I posted yesterday and found I was thinking even more about how to creatively put them into a rug!   Maybe hooking initials made from small fish into a mermaid rug or a sea rug…or making the initials out of little balls in a juggler rug…or out of flowers in a floral, etc.   There are many alphabets already done with illustrations, flowers, etc. so ideas can be found everywhere.   We can get Dover books filled with them.

Now I know that most people wouldn’t get all excited about the initials that they put on their rugs (!!!!!).   They are mostly interested in hooking a delightful primitive or a wonderful floral or a fun folk art or a personal photo and don’t sit around thinking about initials!!!!!!!   But, of course, I would.   (Since I am an old lady, it doesn’t take a lot to amuse me!!!!!!)   …lol…    🙂

I’ve been asked where I start hooking on my rugs.    Sometimes it is the center working out to all sides.   Often, it is starting with one side and working across to the other.   One of my favourite rugs started at the bottom and worked up to the top.   Usually, if I have lettering at the top, I do that last.   I think it depends upon what motif I am excited to see first…!  

Also, I have done rugs where I hooked the faces first so I could see who I am dressing (!!!) and rugs where I did the face almost last.   I think I just enjoy being free to start and work on a rug without thinking that I “should” be doing this or doing it that way.   After all, if I make a mistake, I can always correct it later.   (If I am hooking a Cat in fancy clothing and decide closer to the finish that I would rather make it a Mouse in fancy clothing, I can simply change the head and feet to a mouse!!!!!!!!)

But enough about all that…Here is Progress on Day 14.   I am working on finishing the center and the lower right pond corner.   I have another fish to do and more water there.   Then, I will work on the right side and finish up at the top of the rug.   On this rug, there isn’t any profound reason for doing it this way…I just haven’t decided what to do at the top of the rug yet…!!!!!!!!!!     Happy Hooking!      Sunnie  🙂 

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New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

I’ve had quite a bit of time this afternoon to hook but I have mostly been filling in background and more pond water!!!!!   🙂

However, I did get some leaves done and added my initials as vines on the lower right center of the rug.   I have been trying to place my initials on my rugs in different, fun ways and I find it very satisfying!!!!   I used to either just put information on the rug back or place my initials in the lower right or left…but it seemed to me that I should be more creative!!!   After all, I spend a lot of time experimenting and finding different things to hook that are not like other rugs being hooked today…so why not carry that difference over into my initials.

So here is Progress on Day 13…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂 

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