Original designs in hand- hooked rugs based upon old frakturs and samplers. …unfinished-B for Bountiful Harvest rug (c) Sunnie Andress 2008
I am starting a series of original rugs based upon old Frakturs and Samplers…starting with A and making a rug for each letter of the alphabet! This one is B – for Bountiful Harvest – and is already sold when it is finished.
Each rug features a shepherdess and her sheep in some way as the old samplers, especially, have so many designs with this theme. I don’t copy the old ones exactly but try to draw similar designs using them in new ways. It is great fun although I might be a little insane to do this!!!! LOL
As you can see, I had thought to do a scallop in the border but when I hooked a little of it and stood back to look at the whole rug, I decided that a plain border framed the interior design more softly and it was more pleasing to me! : )
However, I have completed the first rug – A is for Autumn Meadows…and it was shown at the Green Mountain Rug Guild’s November show (2007) at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. I will photograph the rug and put it in another post! I really love doing these. The next one I’ll work on will be “M is for Market Day” and I already have the design for it drawn out! Can’t wait to start but I have other things to finish first!!! : )
I have another pad to do in this four chairpad group using similar colours and the chicken-bird themes! Whimsy! LOL
Above is “Chickens Chatting”!
Above is another in this group… Primitive Chicken and Stars!
This is the finished hooking of the chairpad “Birds and Bonnets” in “Birdbrain” below!! : )
I am doing a series of different funny chairpads and this is one of the “bird” or “chicken” pieces. It’s fun to combine bright and more primitive colours and just enjoy the whimsical hooking!!! (“Birds & Bonnets” chairpad (c) Sunnie Andress 2008)
As I’ve said before, I really love having fun with colour and design and not being too serious! Probably my wacky personality coming through! LOL
We awoke to a lovely snow again this morning…just a few flakes drifting down. Very fluffy snow! It is always so quiet here at Old Crow Farm, especially in winter. It seems easier to think and dream in such a tranquil setting and to be thankful for what we have. Contentment and serenity is such a blessing.
I keep my family members in my thoughts and prayers…especially those serving in Iraq and those going through hardship. We always wish we could spare our friends and family pain in their lives, but human life is always a mixture of joy and sorrow…and we cannot “ride in and save the day”for other adults! Also, as I know from my own poor judgements or unfortunate choices (!!) that we have to live with the results! If we don’t like the way we are living our lives, and the results that come from that way, we can change!
For those who will listen and accept advice and help, there are those who have been through difficulties of their own and who are willing to do what they can to lift others up. I normally don’t give “advice” unless asked…and then I tell the truth as I see it. (However, I always tell friends or family members or whoever is asking that they certainly are under no obligation to take my advice!) : ) But I have lived 66 years and in that time I have learned a few things! LOL : )
Today, in this peaceful place and at this time in the morning, while the sun is shining brightly on the snow, I am thinking about all who are suffering and keeping them close to my heart. May you have a day of calm and a day of renewal in body and spirit…and may you also have joy!
I had such fun doing this rug! I was hooking on two other rugs, having nothing to do with Halloween or October and suddenly the idea for this one just came together!!! I knew all the colours I wanted to use and I laughed all the time I was hooking it! I had drawn the little eggplant witch many years ago and she just fit perfectly into this “Come in, Dearie” design!!! (copyright, Sunnie Andress, 2007) This rug was shown in the Green Mountain Guild’s show this year at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. I loved the teal background wools (2 different ones).
This was a quiet day with snow off and on. It was one of those days that make you feel sleepy by the fire! I did manage to get in a little rug hooking today, finishing up the hooking on another chair pad. Now just the time to bind the edge, whip it with yarn and add the labels!
I was reading a little in one of my husband’s booklets about his family and thought one of the entries was so nice…and so true! : ) It was talking about a couple in the late 1700’s who were very different, the husband who was outgoing and “masterful” and the wife who was retiring and contemplative.
The entry went on to say, “But it is to be remembered that the battle is not always to the strong. Peace has her victories no less than war. The Mrs. was much given to quiet reading (as much as household duties would permit) and she was particularly well-versed in history. Such an example could not fail to make her children fond of books.
She knew her Bible and prayed daily. But her religion was of the unobtrusive kind, sweetly tempered, which found good in all men.”
I think I would have enjoyed knowing her!! : )
I seem to be getting error messages and am unable to load photos…so something is going on with the Blogs here on WordPress! I hope they fix it soon!!! Hooray…something just fixed itself!!! : )
To those who have asked questions about my hooked pieces, I do sell my work.
If you are interested in something you see on my Blog, you may contact me to see if it is for sale. (Someone asked about chair pads and they are each $89.00 plus postage/insurance.)
I sell items on my website – Sunnie Andress Designs – when I am able to have enough on hand to put them on the website!!!! : )
I sell Santas, Folk Figures and Hooked Rugs at the Vermont Hand Crafter’s Holiday Show in November. (I am a member of Vermont Hand Crafters) It is held at the Sheraton in Burlington, Vermont.
I am researching other places to sell my work but must be careful not to overextend myself! I do a very limited amount of commissioned pieces and you can contact me if you have something in mind and you like my whimsical, folk art style. (I do not do large rugs!!) : ) Thank you for your interest!
Vermont Floral Cottage chair pad that I’m finishing up! These chair pads are good for using up odds and ends of “wool worms” too…as you can easily stick them in here and there when you are doing whimsical or primitive designs!!! As you can see from the pen marks on the unhooked backing, I changed my mind and changed the design as I was working!!!!! LOL (I do that often!!) : )
One of my “teaching” chairpads…the bird design below! It was adaapted from an old Pennsylvania Dutch image!
If you are a new rug hooker, I think you would enjoy doing some “freestyle” hooking on chair pads or small mats. …but sometimes new hookers feel uneasy about their drawing abilities! As an alternative, if you have a child or grandchild’s drawing, simple children’s drawings make delightful mats or pads!
I like to give beginning students a circle template to draw around on their backing and then they can just draw some simple design to hook. ( the bird above is one of the two or three patterns I suggest If they don’t want to draw something freehand! The others are a pumpkin with stem and vines and a large sunflower) : )
The nice thing about doing a round chairpad is that you are learning to hook around a circle, to hook your center motif and then decide the direction you want your backing rows to go, you learn how to sew rug tape around a circle, to whip the edge of the circle and finish the pad and you have something useful when you finish!!! Also, chairpads finish pretty fast and you don’t have to wait for a large rug to get satisfaction!!!!! LOL Also, if you are new to rug hooking, hooking and finishing a chair pad or small mat will let you know if this is something you enjoy! I happen to love the whole process…from designing to finishing!!! : 0 )