Wishing Everyone a wonderful New Year! New rugs to hook in 2018!!! What fun!!!

Just wanted to stop by the blog and wish everyone a Happy New Year!   🙂

My life has been hectic since before Thanksgiving…but should settle down nicely in January!   Then I can get back to hooking!

Hope you are all healthy, happy and enjoying your Christmas and/or Holiday Treasures.   All is well with me here as I wait for my 11th great-grandchild to be born in January.

So…Happy New Year…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



Jesters Rug Re-Do…Sunnie/ rug hooking/hooked rugs/ folk art-Resizing older rug!

I am taking a quick break from the Mystery Rug this morning…I did some “pulling out loops” yesterday at our Vancouver Hooking Group!!!   🙂

You have seen this piece before…it used to be a larger rug that said

“Sunnie Andress

Vermont folk Artist”

…and I used it as a sign for my art/craft booth at the Vermont Hand Crafters Holiday show in Burlington, VT each November for several years.

Of course, now I no longer live in Vermont and I do not do my art and craft as a “business”…but I wanted to keep the top part of this piece because I love the colours and had great fun hooking the rug!   🙂

Soooo…I just cut the bottom part off, took out all the dk blue wool that was under the scalloped area and then rehooked the rug shorter.   I have just a little of the blue wool yet to hook and then I can finish it and whip the edges that need it.   When I finish all the “corrections” I can hang the rug up in my house and enjoy it!!!!!

I’ll be hooking on my Mystery Rug this afternoon!!!!!

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


Mystery Rug-“Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11

Here we go with the next 1/3rd of the rug!   🙂

Right now, I am busily working on the right side border of the rug…placing colours where I believe they will balance out the bright leaves on the left side.

This Halloween rug tells the story of “Witch Winnie” who, on the first day of October, always goes out searching for a new pumpkin to ride with her on Halloween night.   She needs a jack-o-lantern to light her way through the dark night skies!   🙂

Unfortunately, this particular pumpkin has a fear of heights and is trying his best to “blend in” with the colourful leaves in the Autumn woods.   He certainly does Not want to be flying through the night sky with anyone!!!

Witch Winnie is not sure about him either…so we’ll never know just what her choice will be.   On the next 1/3rd of the rug, there is someone else trying to persuade her to overlook this particular large pumpkin!   This next character wants the smallest pumpkin possible and would prefer it NOT be a jack-o-lantern!

Witch Winnie’s dress is done in duller colours as the main focus of her character is her face!   The main focus of the pumpkin is also his face and the same goes for the next character in the final 1/3rd of the rug.   The “band of focus” is a diagonal line of faces.

So here is Progress on Day 11…as I’ve said before, I was inspired by part of an antique book cover and an antique playing card image of the Queen of hearts for this piece.   I also liked the curved parts of the trees and the curved part of Winnie’s dress.

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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   🙂





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: