New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 3

Today, I had to make a change in clothing!!!  

“Mr M.” did not like what I had started hooking for his knickers!!!!!   …lol…   So, of course, I had to change them.   (There is nothing worse than having your tailor create something hideous for you…and he simply put his foot down and would not wear the item I had started to create…!)

As you know, if you have been with me through several of these latest rugs, you know that I love working with plaids…and this piece is no exception.   However, the plaid I had chosen first for his pants just did not work, so I chose another that was much better. 

I probably have said this before, but plaids are wonderful for clothing as you can use the lighter parts for the garment, the darker parts for shading and the bright parts for accents.   and they all work together.   Feel free to ask questions …I’ll try to answer if I know the answer!!!!!!   🙂

Here is the plaid I chose the second time…I’ll see if I can find the first plaid  to photograph but I was using leftovers first so I’m not sure if I have a larger piece left.


When I show the hooked part, I hope you can see the difference in the forward pant leg and the shaded one behind.   When this plaid is hooked, there is not the large difference that shows in the fabric photo here…but there is a difference.   Plaids can really be like having several pieces of wool in colours that, though different, really work well together.   And, if there is a colour that you don’t like in the plaid, just save it for another time.

My characters often have very definite ideas of what they should wear…so I try to satisfy them when I can!   🙂

This rug brings together ideas, inspiration and adaptations from several sources…plus my own drawings.   As you know, I choose images from Dover books, public domain illustrations, ancient art and medieval drawings too.   It is almost like cooking where you bring together lots of ingredients and see if you can make a delightful dish or a tasteless mess!!!!!   …lol…

Let’s hope this does NOT turn out to be “a tasteless mess”!!!!!!!

Here is Progress on Day 3…I’m feeling good about what I have so far…but, of course, I have a lot to do yet…!   Stay safe, everyone, wherever you are!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂





New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 2

Hooray…I was able to get my pattern drawn on the backing and start my hooking today!!!!!   🙂   

I am starting at the bottom right but haven’t decided which direction I will head next.   As you know, I don’t decide where I start and end my rug until it is in progress.   I work from any and all directions!   🙂

The short story of this rug will unfold a little later on…but I will tell you that it features a little old man who lives in the city!     However, this is not just any “little old man”!!!!!!!   Ever since he was a child, he liked things to be “different”.   He also has a special gift.   This rug is a part of his story.

I’ll have fun with this one, not only because of the design, but also because I am using a Lot of leftover woolworms from other projects!   🙂   My little worm storage boxes were getting a bit full, so it was time to do another “Great De-worming” (as we say in our Rug Hooking Daily Group)

Although you might be thinking from the picture that this is another “Halloween” Rug, it isn’t…and it doesn’t have anything to do with Seasons, etc.      

(I am giving you a break from Halloween right now, but I know some of you will be shouting “Oh NO…not Again”, when I say that I DO have another fun Halloween rug in mind to do later on!!!!!!)   🙂

So here we go on Day 2…because I don’t colour-plan before starting (I just grab a couple of wools I like and go for it…!)  I will probably change things as I go along if another colour looks better here or there.   You do the same with your art pieces, rugs, quilts, etc. I am sure!

Progress on Day 2 of TMAMOM…Happy Hooking (and please stay safe!)   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM” starts today!…Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 1

Well this last week did not go as planned…!   🙂

I am so sorry to hear about all the floods, the fires and the hardship so many people in our country are going through.   In our own area, a stupid and careless act in the Columbia Gorge area started a terrible fire….meaning that people, homes, livestock and firefighters are all placed at risk.      Although we here in Vancouver are not affected by the blaze, we have been getting the smoke and ash for the last few days.   The air quality is very bad so I have been paying attention to the warnings and staying inside.

I had hoped to start hooking today, but I have “started” getting ready to hook…!   …lol…     I am smiling because I changed my mind about 6 times on this piece and finally ended up with so many changes that it is not what I started with at all…!   But it will be fun!!!!!   🙂

I wanted to use this leftover piece of backing so I sewed some strips to extend it.   Here is the lovely picture!!!!!   Hey, this is the first time I have shown you the whole rug before I start…!!!!!   …lol…









And here are some of the wools I will be using…I’m anxious to get the pattern drawn and get started as I want to see how some of these wools hook up!

Let’s hope on Day 2, I get the pattern on the rug and get something hooked!!!!!   I hope you are all safe and well…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug starting on September 5th!-TMAMOM-/Sunnie/rughooking/hooked rugs/folk art

I have been trying to decide which rug to do for my next Mystery Rug…and I think I’ve decided…!!!

I have several projects going but I think I’ll have the time now to start a new rug…and I’m excited to do it…!   Of course, there will be more experiments with design, with colour and with focus…but that is the way I like to work…!

This “TMAMOM”  rug will bring together many different elements so we will see if they work together in the final design.

If you like to experiment and/or like a “challenge”, I encourage you to try gathering motifs from several places and putting them together in a design.

For instance, you might try collecting an American folk art image from a Dover book, a free public domain image, part of a border from a medieval manuscript,  a landscape background idea from a European painter in the 1800’s and your own drawings and see what your imagination does with those things!!!!!!

If I don’t change my mind by next week (!!!), I will give you the list of things that I am bringing together for this piece.   Although it won’t be as large, there will be a touch of fantasy about it…like there was in the “Enigma” rug that I enjoyed so much!!!!

I hope you are safe if you are in the path of the wildfires in the West and if you are in the path of the “Harvey” storm.   It is heartbreaking for those who lose everything in just a minute of time.   I’ll see if I can help by contacting the Red Cross. website..I know they need donations.

Stay Safe…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking…New Blog/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Pillows, Chairpads

Since I do a lot of “Mystery Rugs” on this blog, I thought I might start posting on a new Blog about smaller items like pillows, chairpads, etc. along with ideas and techniques that have helped me when I was a beginning rug hooker.   Would love to have you visit…and happy too have you comment too!   🙂

I also thought I might try hooking a small rug or design where you can actually see what I am doing (!!!)   🙂   I did this many years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.

A “mystery” rug is, of course, a mystery so you can’t see the design as I hook it.   But I thought I might enjoy showing some experiments and , perhaps, changes that I make to the pieces…and that could be on the “sister” Blog.

Also, I have a Blog that I did a very long time ago when I hardly knew what I was doing.   I will try to take some of the content from that blog that hasn’t been used for a very long time.   It might be helpful to someone…and the work was more primitive too.

The link is on the “Links” list (BLOGROLL) to the right…AA “Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking”

Hope you are staying either cool or warm this Summertime.   I am ready for the hot weather to be over!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug-finished!-“Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt”-Sunnie/rug hooking/folk art-Day 13

Here we go with the Finished Halloween rug…Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt…!   🙂

Two photos today…the diagonal focus of the rug and the complete rug!   Here is the diagonal focus…


There were many experiments going on here as you know…but I really enjoyed all of them.   The Background… darks-to blue mottled-to purple mottled-starting at the lower left and moving up to the center and right top of the rug and then back down to darks made me think carefully about where to place all the different wools.

I really liked the papercut motifs for the upper border as they reminded me of hanging bats.   The black on lighter blue gave me the optical illusion.

Then on to the motifs… using the brights for leaves on the left, adding in the duller oranges for the pumpkins and then moving on to the witch using blacks and dulls for most of her character with only a little bright accents was a fun experiment.   I then went on to use some quieter wools for the broom (with some bright circles  in the background and his bright tie!) and finally worked on the heavy bright border.   Using only two borders was an experiment too.

Without the right side border, the rug lacked balance…so i worked from the top down and the bottom up to place the bright and the dull colours where I thought they looked best.

So here is the Finished 24 x 24 inch piece…very different from the idea I started with which featured a beautiful lady, a green “forest” and a bird…!!!!   I may still do that one.   I was going to call it, “The Message” and it was to be a bit of a mystery in itself.   

—————————————————————————If I hadn’t been a little goofy with my designing all of my life, the thought processes I went through to get to this rug were simply bizarre!!!   Joe used to think that I wasn’t entirely “human”…or at least some part of my brain lived in another world..!   …lol…    Our discussion about “Time, Space and a Parallel Universe” one evening made him believe it even more!!!!!!!   🙂

Of course, at my age now, everyone would think that I was just “losing my grip”…(!!!)…or getting a little senile, but not to worry.   As long as I am doing these goofy or funny or fantasy rugs, I am still “normal”!!!     (HA!)

My daughter and I decided that if I stopped eating and started spending all of my time playing Bingo, she would call the Doctor immediately!!!   


New Mystery Rug-“Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 12

Quick post today…Here we go with the last 1/3rd of the rug!   🙂

This shows the character “Bizzy Broom”…who takes Witch Winnie on her Halloween night ride each year!   Of course, he is concerned about carrying weight (!!!) and to think of him carrying both Witch Winnie and that large pumpkin makes him shudder!!!!!   …lol…

Also, he is very worried about fire…so he does NOT want a jack-o-lantern with it’s candle blazing!   He is a very nervous broom!   But every year, he is overruled by Winnie.   (As you see, she is holding him back so she doesn’t have to hear him fussing and complaining!!!)   🙂

Also, you can see the strongly coloured border on the right side.   This balances the bright leaves and the pumpkin colours on the left side of the rug.   I will post a picture of the whole rug when I steam it and photograph the whole thing!!!  (Looks like I have a black thread invading the photo too!)

Happy Halloweeeeen (in a couple of months!)…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂