New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie-rug hooking/hand hooked rugs/folk art-Days 11-12

Quick post today!!!

Over the weekend I had some time to work on background which takes a lot of time on this rug!!!!!    I have to be careful not to add too much “stuff” as I go along because, unlike a goofy Halloween rug or a “wild and crazy” rug, I want the focus to be on the main part of the design without a lot of distractions!!!   🙂

However, I did have time to add 2 “lollipop” flowers (padulas!!!) to keep the bug and mouse company!!!!   I have used a darker green for the stems and leaves because I want them to fade into the background some.   I don’t want to take away from the green I am using in the rug center!   Of course, the multicoloured dots all over the piece are like confetti thrown in a celebration!   And this rug IS a celebration of sorts…especially for one of the motifs!!!!    …lol…

Here is an “Extra” photo of the background plaid and the colours in it.   This is why I love plaids…they give “life”, “motion” and “interest” to a background that almost “reads” as a solid colour.  (Looking at the rug “in person” and from a distance.)    I think it shows off the motifs beautifully while drawing minimal attention to itself.











So here is Progress on the 11th and 12th day…I am loving working on this rug and have been doing some hooking instead of what I am supposed to be doing!!!   I really need to dust and mop a couple of floors!!!!!   But the hooking is so much fun, I keep putting it off.   I’ll go do some cleaning after I post this today!   Happy Hooking!!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery rug-2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 10

Haven’t had much time to hook the last couple of days…but Hooray!!!!!!…I got some time for today’s post…!   🙂

As you have probably gathered from the rug designs I do…I love to add “critters” to my rugs…in various places on the design just for fun.   This little guy was a friend of the bug…so, of course, when I included the bug above him, I had to add him too!!!!   …lol…

And, of course, I had to add some “cheese” for him.   🙂   It makes a nice spot of the bright yellow so I think it will work.   I won’t have to add a yellow dot in that place.

So here is Progress on Day 10…Hope you are all having fun and enjoying your art or craft…wherever in the world you are!   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 9

Getting closer to the bottom of the left side of the rug and deciding if I want to make a transition to a different wool background!   Sometimes I do this…even if the background wool is very similar to the one I have just used.   I’ll decide after looking at the rug (and my wool) for awhile!!!!!    🙂

One thing I wanted to mention is the concept of using a motif in different ways to suit your needs!   The little picture below is the one of the bird on a rather odd “flower “motif.   The little sketch did not work the way I wanted so I just took the green stem and “leaves”, turned that part upside down and put the “flower” part on the stem!   This works as a pedestal for the bird to stand on.   …lol…








There are always so many possibilities if we learn to look at the world in a different way and be open to change.   If I find a flower that I like but I don’t like the stem and leaves, I either draw one I DO like or look for an antique illustration, Dover book or clip art that I can adapt.   If I were doing a realistic rug, I would probably want to hook the natural flower and foliage…but when I hook a fanciful rug, I can change things to suit myself…!   🙂

I have been working more on background and have finished my blue fish as well as a large insect…!      🙂   Now to do that leaf and more hooking tomorrow!!!!

So here is Progress on Day 9…If you look at the bug and the fish, you’ll see that they have tiny white “highlights” in their eyes.   Since the space is so tiny, I use white sewing thread and hand-sew a small dot in each eye. (  I really can’t hook in even a tiny piece of wool on these eyes!)   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 8

Quick post today…….Hooray!   I was able to do quite a bit of hooking over the weekend…!   🙂

However, about 4 hours of that was on a part of a motif that is about 6 inches square!!!!!!!   …lol…   and that you can’t see yet.   That’s what happens when I use a #3 and #4 cut.   🙂

I did get some more background and Sunflower hooking done as well as part of a fish.   I know you were just waiting for me to hook a fish…yes?   So I am!!!!!   I decided not to do the fish scales as they were just distracting…so I am hooking a couple of mottled blues on this fish.   I am not sure why the fish is grinning…maybe he knows something we don’t…!

Another of my experiments is with realism and with fanciful motifs.   It is combining a bit of realistic presentation within a fanciful design.   It might just be a so-so experiment…but I am having fun with it.   It just takes me longer to do something with which I am not familiar!   (And those tiny strips can drive me nutty if they shred…!!!!!)

So here we go with Progress on Day 8…hope you are all having fun with your rug hooking or whatever in the world you are doing today!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug 2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 6-7

This rug is such fun!!!!   I love the colours and am choosing them as I go from leftovers and small wool pieces for the motifs and accents.   🙂

This plaid background is great to work with as it shows off other colours so well…!   Because of the weave, I am using a #6 cut for the background and the wool does not fray too much with careful handling.    

When I hook, I am not “in a hurry” even though I might be excited looking forward to the next motif or choosing another fun colour!!!   Rug hooking is both exciting and relaxing for me…which sounds silly but that’s the truth.   (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it…!!!!)   …lol…

Now that I can see more background and more colours, I really like the black and white border…so I have hooked more of that for this post too. 

 I told you that I am not too concerned about the “exactness” of the black and white rectangle size.   Instead of doing more measuring (I did that once at first) I simply fold the rug and place the right side of the border against the left side to see if I am not too far off with the sizes.   (This is what my husband would call “offhanded measuring”…he always laughed when I built simple wooden shelves as I would measure at first and then if I found I’d  made a mistake and cut one side a bit shorter, I just put that board on top of the longer one, drew a line and made the shelves a bit shorter!!!! )    🙂

Joe was a real craftsman and built beautiful furniture and accessories.   I learned early on Not to have him build anything for me where I just wanted something simple!!!   He made beautiful measured drawings, chose lovely woods and built with precision…so if I wanted something plain out of pine shelving, I built it myself.   It saved us any “squabbling”…lol… and I got my shelves a lot faster!!!!!!!

So here is Progress on Days 6-7…I had fun sorting through my leftover strips to add bright dots and swirls and to do a bit of “false shading” to the leaves.    I am drawing more green “vines” as I go because I love the curving lines!   Now we all know that Sunflowers do not have vines growing out of them (!!!) but that does not stop me!   If I think vines are good…then we’ll have vines.   Happy Hooking and Happy February too!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

I was able to get more hooking done over the weekend…Hooray!!!   🙂

Trying out an idea that pops into my head is often productive if I do it right away.   I might forget if I wait and miss something fun and/or useful…!   This black and white check (or rectangle!) idea has given me another experiment.   

The border has straight lines and is more  “ordered”.   The center is more chaotic with curving lines!   Even the unseen lettering is curving!   So I will assess the rug design as I go along to see if the “order surrounding disorder” (!)  experiment works for me.   🙂

This photo shows the black and white border…


However, if I decide after doing more of the rug that the black and white is just too much and takes away from the center design, I can do several things.

First, I can leave the black and take out the white, replacing it with the background plaid.   This would give a very dark and subtle frame to the piece and be quietly different from the center.

Or…I could replace the white with another colour.   I tried a few pieces of wool that would pick up the rusts in the sunflower and the “flower” under the blue bird…and I like that idea.   Or, I could choose another colour that would be better after more of the rug is hooked.

I might not have even thought of the “black and white or black and colour” checks (rectangles!) at the end of hooking the rug…  so I like to try odd ideas right when they happen!!!!   …lol…

Here is Day 5 Progress with the white border parts covered with “rusts”!   It might be a subtle border that just adds a bit of softer colour.   We shall see.







And here is my Day 5 Progress on the rug right side.   You can’t see much because of covering the lettering (!!!) but at least the top of the rug center is finished…!     Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

As you know, I do try to explain why I do some things (if I know why!!!!!) but sometimes things just pop into my head!   …lol…

Today, I was working on more background at the top of the rug and, as usual, pinned it to my display board to sit back and look at it while having lunch.   I needed to replace the red spiral on the left side at the top because it “sunk into” the background too much.      (also it was a bit sparse!!!)   So you will notice it is now pink!!!   🙂

I have drawn a border around the rug and was just thinking I’d do a solid border or a papercutting simple border (2 colours) because there will be so much going on in this rug center!    I often talk about “focus” and I want the main motif of this rug to be the focus and the other things to capture attention to be secondary.   

Of course, because it does not make sense (!!!), I am waiting to get the top and part of the left side of the rug hooked Before I choose the colours for the main motif…!    This sounds like it is all backwards…why would anyone in her/his right mind wait to choose the main motif colours until part of the rug is already done and would be a real pain to change?????    Well…nobody probably would but since I don’t even pretend to be in my “right mind” (!!!) I can do that…!   🙂

I had an idea pop into my mind for a border and I have no idea if it will work or if it will prove to be a disaster!!!!   At lunch my “mind” said, “Why not a black and white check border?”

Now that type of border is very “attention-getting”.   It may prove to be absolutely Wrong for this rug…and take away the focus from the main motif!      But, as you know, I like the unexpected and I like to experiment…so I am going to hook that border across the top, at least part way, and see what happens! 

 By the way, when I do “checks” or “bars” of colour in a border, I don’t worry about them being the same size!!!   I don’t do geometrics…so I draw approximately what I want and I don’t worry if the measurements are “off” a bit.   In the rugs I do, it doesn’t matter!!!!!

Today’s post shows how I am starting the experiment…a bit of hooking and a bit of pinning colour in the proper “squares”…just to see what it looks like!    It is all great fun!!!   With the wool covering the lettering the rug looks very messy…but we’ll just put up with it for now!

So here is Progress on Day 4…I may be becoming more goofy since I have now passed the 75 year old mark (!!!!) so my experiments might turn out to be duds!!!    Aha…we shall see, won’t we!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂