“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-new/2018 mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/Hooking Information

I appreciate your comments and am happy to answer any questions you have if I know the answers!!!!!!   …lol…   I’ll post “Lady Nesta’s” Day 2 progress later today!    🙂


Julia asked me about the “higgly piggly” hooking that I mentioned on yesterday’s post.   It is the section with the greens and yellows right under the bird feet.







I hooked the above “bird” section a bit differently…hooking more in lines because of the rounded shape of the motif…but below is a picture of the “real” higgly piggly hooking.   (From the “little gardener” rug.)   You can see the loops going in all directions!   (I left some little spaces and added the red in After the yellow and green was finished.)







Holding the two strips close together, you bring them up and pull them through together…hooking in different directions as you go along.








If one of the 2 strips ends up behind the other, you can just nudge the loop out with your hook and keep on going.

My normal hooking below.   I was taught to hook “neatly”…so I either hook in curving lines or straight lines, with neater loops going the same way for the most part.  So,  “higgly” was a “strange” technique for me…but I really like it for certain situations.   🙂   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-a new “Mystery Rug”-2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 1

Here we go again…!!!    Since “The Little Gardener” rug was a “sweet” piece with nothing silly about it…I am ready for a bit of fun once again!   🙂   🙂   

As you know, I am going through my craft room doing more organizing and finishing up some older, unfinished pieces that I set aside when I started hooking and selling original rugs for my business in Vermont.   

 I found another piece of linen with a large bird drawn on it.   I believe it is an illustration from a Dover book, just like the drawing of “The Little Gardener” rug was!   However… again, I don’t know what I had in mind when I started this piece as I just had the bird drawn and the only things I had hooked were the legs and feet!!!!   (I remember thinking at the time that this was such a silly looking bird and wondered why the bird legs seemed to be the focus of this illustration!!!!)

I decided to make this a “de-worming” piece and use up a Lot of leftover woolworms!!!   After all, birds like worms…yes???

An idea just popped into my head  (after reading another gushing article about celebrities!) to make this bird very “high class”…and write an article for that impressive magazine for high flyers, RUFFLED FEATHERS.   

(The story/article will be told a bit later…!)   🙂   

So she became “Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”…a society bird attending a very classy function!!!!!   (She has a sister, “Lady Birdie Featherbeek” who sadly could not attend the function due to a serious condition.)   (No, it is Not “parrot-tonitis”…although some of my birds probably suffer from that too!!!)   …lol…

I have had these “silly-after-hearing-ads-or-news” attacks before…!   You might remember that I was hooking a pleasant piece many years ago with a medieval Prince and Princess…and then heard one too many “denture” commercials on TV!   This was the result…changing the nice-looking faces to these below!!!!   🙂   (I have this hanging in my home and laugh every time I see it…!)










I was also practicing “fake shading” on these robes!!!!


So today we start the “Lady Nesta…” piece shown below.   I hope you will enjoy the process with me!   🙂    Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

 I am using the higgly-piggly technique in the green and yellow section…hooking two #3 strips at once and adding in other little pieces here and there.   Also using small pieces and leftover worms to add little spots of colour.   I will be hooking the background in straight vertical lines as I don’t do straight line hooking for backgrounds…we’ll see how it goes!!!





“The Little Gardener” hooked rug-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs Finished! :)

Sorry to be so long away from my Blog!    Can’t believe how busy it has been…but I think things will come back to “normal” now!    🙂

I have been able to finish the hooking on this piece and am happy with the experiment with the dust-dirt colours on the border!!!!   This was fun to simply do colour and design experiments as I went along!

The leaves are done with a plaid on one side of the leaf and then leftover woolworms in greens on the other side of each leaf.   Of course, the background of the border is a plaid and the flowers are different textured wools.   I used some leftover worms in the blue sky, leaf veins and in the little girl’s dress.   The “path” is also plaid and textures cut worms and leftovers!!!

Here is the finished piece…I am doing the edge-whipping now.   My oldest daughter is a wonderful gardener and she loves this…so I am giving it to her!

Hope you all are doing well wherever you are.   Thank you for visiting me here today…I always enjoy your rug hooking comments!   🙂

Have a wonderful day…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

“The Little Gardener” Hooked rug Progress-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days-4-6

I am delighted to have found a way to hook the large border on this rug without taking away from the Center!!!!!!   🙂

Of course this piece could have been hooked in a more traditional manner  with the colours I thought about so many years ago…with the dogwood blossoms in the border done in pink or pale pink and cream and the little girl in pale pastel colours.   It could have been hooked realistically too…but, of course, that’s not my normal style!   And…since I changed the colours when I started, I had to either take out what I had done and start again, or deal with what I already hooked…!   I prefer to deal…!   🙂









Above are the pale “dirt” border colours I am using…

Next, the border flowers are no longer dogwood blossoms but are now “padulas” so that they will not draw attention to themselves.   They just softly blend in with the border background (the checked wool with the brown and green lines in it).

I am also using the green in the “wools” photo for the vines and half of each leaf.   the rest of the leaf is hooked in green leftovers!



Now I know that this border looks somewhat dull…(!!!)…however, if you can visualize these large flowers hooked in some of the colours I am using in the center, you can probably see that they would be overpowering and take away focus from the center figure.   Even if they complimented the center, some of the colours I tried (using small pieces of wool placed on the flowers) made the eye jump to 6 places around the border and then back to the center.   Again…not what I wanted…!

I did not put brown accents in the center flower but will try them in the upper left and upper right flowers when I get to them.   I thought the change to a different flower petal colour was enough for the center flowers.

Here is more hooking on the lower center…I’m glad to be getting farther along on the center as well as that big border!!!!!   I am going to take out the dark brown on the fenceposts…I find it too distracting!!!!

Off to get more of the house ready for the electric work…I will live in a “mess” in some rooms for a week or so…!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



The Little Gardener rug continues-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 3

Quick post today…the experimentation is really fun on this rug…and I think I am blending the new colours into the older colour scheme so they look all right!

I have done more sky and more of the grass and flower bed hooking along with the 2 colour border that goes around the center scene.    The “flower bed” part was done using two #3 strips (green and yellow) hooked together in a “higgledy piggledy” way.   I love this and now will keep it in my mental list of hooking techniques to use whenever it is needed…!   (I added the little burgundy accents afterwards.)  

Also, I have worked on the burgundy skirt and think it blends in with the bodice and sleeve done so many years ago.   Wanted to try a shoe too (plus start the “path”)…and this is just what I wanted!!!! 

I may change the fencepost “bottoms”…they look a bit odd to me…we’ll see.  

I have no idea what wools I used then…probably used them up long ago!!!!!!!   🙂

So here we go…isn’t rug hooking fun?   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

“The Little Gardener” hooked rug-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-more hooking after 12 years!!!! :)

Feeling good and hooking again now on this unfinished rug that I started about 12 years ago!!!!   🙂

As I said last post, I have a bit of the wool I used back then so I decided to hook the sky and added new blue wool to the mix.   I said that I remembered thinking that I would do this rug in pastels…with a very light and white border.   (the border is wide!!!!)   I don’t remember why I changed my colours for the center section of this rug…but my changes make the “light and white” wide border a “non-starter”!!!!   …lol…

So….I am going to use a deeper group of colours and, as you already suspected, I am going to do the border in very odd colours that I believe will show off the center section!   (which is the focus of the rug)

Here is the photo of the work I have done on the sky…I am trying out a little bit of the “frame” around the center but am not sure if I want to use those colours.   Will hook more and see if they work on the 2 rows framing the center.   (I am not sure if I pulled a “frame” from another illustration to go around the center…too much time has passed for me to remember many of my reasons.)

I have also hooked the fenceposts and am trying a flower colour to see if it works.   I’m working in my usual way, not trying to be “realistic” but to present the focus area in such a way that the viewer “sees” her/his own reality of childhood gardening!!!!










I am not sure if the border was taken from an old illustration or if it was adapted from a stained glass image but both were taken from Dover books for artists and craftspeople.   I find that many of the Dover illustrations are great to use or adapt because that is what the books are for…and many of the designs are out of copyright and can be used without special permission! 

 Exactly Why I decided to pair the center and the border together is “lost in the mists of time”…but it certainly is a puzzlement…!   🙂

Since I have now used up all of the blue wool that I had folded up with the rug, I now will need to go to my own stash of wool and try to use colours that will go with the bodice of the dress (hooked years ago) as I hook the skirt.

Hope everyone is doing well and having fun with whatever art-craft you are creating!   (Not to mention, the garden magic you are creating too!!)   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Unfinished Hooked Rug-“The Little Gardener”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art


UFO…from 12 years ago!!!!!!   🙂

Recovering from a little surgery yesterday so I am resting and not hooking for a few days.   However, I was doing a bit of sorting last week and came up with a piece that I had started hooking on Monk’s cloth about 12 years ago.

This piece is called “The Little Gardener”…and although I don’t remember what “design vibes” were going through my mind back then, I know I was enjoying the hooking!!!!!   🙂

It is a combination of several things from Dover books and, when I drew out the design,  I remember thinking that I would do it in “sweet” pastel colours.   But for some reason (back then), I changed my mind as the little picture of the start of the piece has deeper colours.    I will carry on with those colours and see what I have in my stash that will go with what is already done!!!!!   

Hooking on monk’s cloth again will be different too…but I enjoyed it back then and will probably enjoy it once again!!!

Here is the picture of what was hooked about 12 years ago…I had a few strips of the original colours that were with the pattern…but will have to improvise on the rest of the rug.   Hope you are all doing well…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂