Hooray! I was finally able to have some time to hook!!!!! So my new Mystery rug starts today!!!
We’ve been having so much rain this winter that when I have a nice day, I get outside and do “stuff”!!!!!!! …lol…
I am actually giving you a “start” photo of something you can recognize!!!!! 🙂 Usually you get a little patch of “something” until I get a motif going…but this time I have a little section almost complete. Just have to hook a bit more background.
Now there is nothing “strange” about this part of the rug…but if you know me at all, you’ll know that there certainly will be something “strange” and silly going on as the rug progresses!
I have chosen to experiment with a group of rather soft colours so I’ve been going through my wool stash looking for very light beiges, grays, greens, creams, mottled and off-white wools that are suitable to be cut into #4 and #5 strips. I might use a #6 somewhere but I’m using the #5 strips for a lot of the work. (At least I think I am!!!) 🙂
The brighter colours for motifs I’ll hook in a #3, 4 and maybe #5 cut strips when needed. I seem to be hooking a lot of “flowers” lately…maybe it is that longing for Spring!!! Of course, my flowers are not realistic…but “pretend” flowers are flowers just the same in rug hooking!!!
This rug is about 26 x 34 inches…but I’ll decide if I want to keep a border later on.
So here is Progress on Day 1 of “A Strange EOTTB”…Thank you for coming on the adventure with me…and Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I think I have chosen my new rug design and I hope to start it on Friday this week!!!! “A Strange E O T T B” will be a whimsical piece, again using inspiration from some medieval sources along with motifs adapted from the 1800’s and my own imagination!!! 🙂
I haven’t selected any colours yet…not even background wool…but I will be working on that this week. I will also be working on some more 4 x 6 inch postcard size pieces and I think I will try to start a group of chairpads featuring some of my great-grandchildren’s drawings! 🙂 It should be fun…and I’m already laughing to myself about the large rug design. (It really will be strange…and I find it quite funny!!!!)
Hope you are all well and will enjoy this next adventure with me! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
I am working on the edge-finishing on my Parrot rug and enjoying some hooking on some smaller things!
I am about to finish up all three of my “Inside-Outside….” Challenge pieces…done in the “Great De-worming” Group on RHDaily. The two chairpads and the pillow! The Challenge finishes March 31…and the full pieces will be shown then! Here’s a little bit of the two chairpads!!!!!!! …lol… A great way to have fun using leftover woolworms!
The first one is “Inside Auntie’s Kitchen” and the second is “All Around Padula Town”.
A new venture is working on very small postcard-size pieces…something I’ve never done before!
Kristin (on Rug Hooking Daily) has started a Group celebrating ATC (artist trading cards) and I decided to try designing a few in the 4 x 6 inch format and joining the first exchange! 🙂 This size, for me, means hooking in #3 and #4 cuts!!! Although I use these narrow cuts in my larger pieces, I don’t do entire rugs in these sizes.
Here are my first 4 x 6 inch efforts below…”Canary Celebrating Spring!” and “Home is Where the Heart Is”. I am working on a third design right now.
I’m thinking about my next rug too…several ideas are zipping around in my brain…! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Hooray…although I still have to steam and block my rug, the hooking is finished…! (I still have a bit of “tidying” to do!!!!) 🙂
(the rug is hanging a bit crooked on my board but you get the idea!!!)
Here is the little Parrot in his new home…the village people named their central garden after him! He is happily living there and enjoying all that the gardens have to offer…especially all the attention from the residents and visitors! 🙂
I was working on this rug at the time we had our “snow and ice” weather here in the Portland-Vancouver area and the colours made me think of gardens and Springtime! This area is not prepared for winter events like we’ve had…usually it is rainy in the wintertime.
We loved the winter snow in Vermont… everyone is prepared for those conditions there. Unless we had a very difficult storm or “ice event” (we went through one of those!!!!) everything goes along mostly as usual.
So here is the Finished piece on Day 20..
Thank you for visiting and I’ll be resting and getting the house back in order after having the electrical work done (!!!!) I actually have a couple of ideas for my next hooking project…but I am also finishing up my 3 pieces for the “Inside, Outside, All Around The Town” Challenge on Rug Hooking Daily!!! Such fun! Happy Hooking!!! Sunnie 🙂
Finally can get back to my hooking!!!!!! Hooray!
I almost have this piece completed…so I will post the finished rug on Monday!
It has been fun…and an interesting experiment. The focus is on a bird…but I have been trying to keep within a limited colour scheme for what is essentially his “background”. The background should be interesting but not overshadow the bird…! I was also experimenting with colour lights and darks…balancing them across the rug…and I tried extending some of the motifs into the borders.
I have tweaked part of the motifs above the Welcome sign and re-hooked my initials which were too prominent in the brown “twig” colours! The initials are less noticeable now and I find that much more pleasing. After all, this is not a rug about me!!!!!!!!!
Here is the “Story” of this rug:
When I saw the little bird in the border of that large antique tapestry, I loved the bird and the position he was in…sitting on a branch. He was quite alone…resting there. Of course, although it had nothing to do with the large tapestry that had lots of people animals, etc. and this was just a tiny bird in the border, I got to thinking about the bird’s “story”.
Perhaps, he had been a pet who had flown away from his home after his elderly owner had passed away. Many birds live a long time!
So…I decided that he had traveled until he found a garden in a small village that was just right for a new home! The village residents named their Garden after him…loving and caring for him so that he could live out the rest of his life with them. He is a happy bird…and his is a happy story! 🙂
When finished, this rug will hang in my entry as we go into Springtime and I change my cottage decorations after a strange Winter. I think everyone is looking forward to Spring!!!
So here is Progress on Days 18-19…thank you for coming along on this rather “sporadic” journey with me! I hope you are doing well and hooking away at something you love! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Whew!!! I think I am getting too old for doing multiple things at one time….. like Mystery rug hooking, house prep for electrical work, hooking 3 Challenge pieces and organizing 3 rooms and my garage!!!!!!!
With my luck, I’ll be asked to host a dinner for 75 people who will not even fit into my small cottage home (maybe a dinner for 4…yes?)!!!!! …lol…
However, I have finally 2 pictures for you that are not just straight row border hooking or background hooking!!! 🙂 I decided to do “twig” initials!
So here we go on Days 16 and 17…the left side of the rug and the bottom also. I hope you are having fun whatever you are doing today!!!!
Hooray! I actually finished off the center top of the rug!
This part took a long time, first because I had to design it and second because I used an absolutely beautiful wool for the background that was difficult to hook…!!!! Almost every loop was inclined to ravel so it was slow going. I wanted to use it to get rid of it and had just enough wool to complete it with a little creative designing! 🙂
Below is the wool:
I wanted to have a small transition from the main background plaid to this remnant wool for the upper background. I am happy with how it looks but weary of the raveling…!!!!!! But it is used up now! I had 4 strips left over…that was all.
You can see the transition from the main background under the Welcome sign to the new background above the Welcome in the photo below.
So here is Progress on Day 15… I wanted to use some of the same colours as in the lower part of the rug but add a little difference too. The Welcome sign and this “decoration” above it reminded me of metalwork art…and looks vaguely “odd”!
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂