Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-new Mystery-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

This rug is such fun!!!!!   

I haven’t even decided on Lady Nesta’s colour yet…and she is the star of the show!!!!!!!    (of course, you are used to me doing things backwards or oddly so it won’t surprise you!!!!)       As you can see, I am working from the bottom of the rug to the top and from the right side to the left side!

This piece is approx 24 x 24 inches and done in #3, 4, 5 and 6 cuts.   I am deciding on colours as I go.

TA DA…Today, we start the news article for that delightful publication RUFFLED FEATHERS………… we go…shown below…..




“The radiant and glamorous Lady Nesta is all smiles as she is photographed arriving at the Round Robin Royal Garden Party  which was held last week.”………………….(to be continued)



And…here is today’s Progress.   Thank you for coming on this silly adventure with me!   Hopefully, a smile and a laugh is a nice part of any day since there are so many things that we cannot control!!!!!   

Happy Hooking…or whatever you are creating at the moment.   Sunnie   🙂 



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   🙂