Happy New Year!

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Patriotic Rider hooked rug…design inspired by several fraktur and sampler images.  As you can see, all my images have a whimsical quality and it is such fun to be able to play with colour and themes!  The horse and rider combination is shown in many antique designs…some show soldiers carrying swords or guns, some show hunters or men and women simply “riding”!  I wanted my gentleman to carry a flag…almost as if he were in a parade on a celebration day! 

Patriotic Rider, (c) Sunnie Andress 2007 

May you all have a wonderful 2008!

Monday Morning

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This is what the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont looks like this morning!  Absolutely beautiful snow!  We are so fortunate to live in such a lovely place!

I hope New Year’s Eve is finding you well and looking forward to 2008.  I just hope it doesn’t go by as fast as 2007 did!!  I felt like it was March and then, when I noticed again, it was October!!!!  Whew!!  I think my age is showing.  LOL

Anybody else out there with a December 21, 1941 birthday?  : )

Santas with Quilt/Patchwork Robes

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All Santas copyright, Sunnie Andress 

Since I mentioned quilted robes for Santas I thought I’d post photos of some past work. 

Since I was a quilter and dollmaker for so many years, doing this patchwork and quilting gives me my quilt “fix”!!!  LOL  I get in the mood to make Santas for quilters and for rug hookers where the Santas carry things appropriate for those activities.  “Fat quarters”, pins and needles, little quilts (which I make!), and for the rug hookers, little hooks, wool strips and a little hooked piece too.  They are really fun to create!

More Snow Today

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Living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, we know how to deal with snow!!!  We are fortunate that we are retired and so do not have to be on the roads when it is stormy, snowy or icy…and the snowplows keep our dirt road pretty clear.

Winter for us is a good time to sit by the fire, reading, rug hooking and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors as the snow softly drifts on the woods and fields.  Winter is my favourite time here…I get lots of work done on rugs and Santas…even doing a bit of quiltmaking so I can cut it up to make Santa robes!!  I don’t cut up old quilts…although I know there are some so far gone that only a portion can be saved.  But I cringe when I hear that someone has purchased a “nice old quilt” to cut it up for placemats, etc.  So I make my own little quilts for Santa robes!  : )

Hous Segen – House Blessing

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“Hous Segen” hooked rug copyright, Sunnie Andress 2007 

This was a fun rug to hook with the deep colours and whimsical angels!   I love to study the books and magazines geared to stitchery, needlepoint, painting, fraktur, samplers and antique furniture.  The books on quilting and patchwork are great too…lots of colour and theme ideas!!

Another good source for ideas, if you want to design your own rugs, are Dover books.  They have copyright-free illustrations of many things that you can incorporate into your rugs or can use as inspiration for your own drawings.  In using designs from the public domain or permission-free designs, you don’t have to worry about infringing upon someone’s copyright!  Of course, there are lots of wonderful designers out there and you can purchase patterns from them too!!!!  LOL

Happy Saturday!  We got more snow last night so everything is beautiful and sparkling white again here in Vermont!

“Birdie” close-up

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This is the blue bird closeup. 

 I did not use roving but just a change in wool strips. 

As you can see from my images, we “primitive” rug hookers don’t have to have realistic portrayals of our chosen birds, people or animals!  LOL  Of course, primitive or “wide cut” wool strips can give a realistic view if we wish, but what I like about my type of folk art hooking is...I can do whatever I want!   A purple chicken, a yellow sky…whatever I want!  Just like a kid in a candy store!!!  What fun!  

Hooked Rug- “Fraktur Memories, Birdie Blue”

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Fraktur Memories – Birdie Blue …copyright, Sunnie Andress 2005

 This rug was made in 2005 and was inspired by old fraktur images.  Fraktur was done by the Pennsylvania Germans and used to refer just to the “fractured writing” or the text of the birth records, marriage certificates, bookplates, etc. but now has come to refer to the watercolours and drawings as well.  A wonderful source for ideas!!!