New Mystery Rug-RIAMOP-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

Quick post today…enjoyed our Wednesday gathering (The Vancouver Group!) yesterday so I am getting a bit of hooking done today.   When I have the group here, I do a lot of edge-finishing and sewing on hanging sleeves, etc.   Also sewing on labels, etc.   I get a lot done!   It is usually pretty boring “finishing” rugs… so doing it while visiting with other rug hookers is always great…!!!

I have enhanced this photo just a bit so you can better see the different colours I am using.

Here is Progress on Day 5…I still have a lot of leaves and other motifs to go…!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 16

I’m moving right along with this piece…!   The left side is finally finished…those tropical flowers take a Lot of time to hook!!!!!   

As you know, I do a lot of “experimenting” and this rug has a lot of experiments!    🙂

I am using a traditional deep blue (stripe) wool for the sky of the “real” city and hooking 2 rust brown plaids for the sky in Mr. Morty’s “moonbeam reality”.   🙂   I wanted to pick a sky colour that would stand out and/or come forward as I hooked the “magic”…using an unusual colour to go with the theme.   (or a “different” look as Mr. Morty would say!!!!!)

You know that there Has to be a moon in the sky (!!!) for the magic to work…so I am hooking the sky in a “circular” manner around the moon so it will be very different from the blue sky which is just hooked as a regular background.

More of the magic has turned the star in Mr. Morty’s landscape to a star- shaped sugar cookie…just like those he used to help his mother bake every Christmas season!   (She sprinkled brown sugar on hers, not the usual white sugar…just for her son who loved things to be “different”!!!)   …lol…

So here is Progress on Day 16…   I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your hooking (or whatever art or craft you are doing!!!)…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 15

I did have some time to hook yesterday evening and a bit this morning!   Hooray!   

We had our “usual” Wednesday meeting of “The Vancouver Group” yesterday…a rug hooking gathering!   We always have a good time and I get a lot of “edge-finishing” done!!!!

I continue to work on the left side of the rug filling in sky behind the “city” and then I’ll change to the  sky behind Mr. Morty’s changing landscape!!!!!!     Now to switch to hooking more “sky” behind the right side city area and then hook more background over the top and do some more work in the center.   🙂

And the story…

…(continued)   ” The moon has to be in a good mood (!!!) but Mr. Morty knows how to recognize this and has his bowl of moonbeam bits ready!   He goes outside on the sidewalk in front of his apartment and throws the bits up in the air.   And all of a sudden, it happens!   The landscape begins to change into some of Mr Morty’s memories!   Not just in his mind but Really there, in the middle of the city.   

For a time, he can live those memories again…touch the plants from that vacation his parents planned to a tropical garden and enter that mountain cabin from his childhood (when Mr. Morty asked his father to use several unusual woods on the outside so their cabin would be “different” from all the others!)   But what Mr. Morty find especially fun is…” (to be continued…

So here is Progress on Day 15…it has been enjoyable to do the exotic plants with their changes of colour.   I had several small pieces of hand-dyed wool in a “splatter” pattern so I used those!     Happy Hooking!   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-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   🙂


Mystery Rug-“Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11

Here we go with the next 1/3rd of the rug!   🙂

Right now, I am busily working on the right side border of the rug…placing colours where I believe they will balance out the bright leaves on the left side.

This Halloween rug tells the story of “Witch Winnie” who, on the first day of October, always goes out searching for a new pumpkin to ride with her on Halloween night.   She needs a jack-o-lantern to light her way through the dark night skies!   🙂

Unfortunately, this particular pumpkin has a fear of heights and is trying his best to “blend in” with the colourful leaves in the Autumn woods.   He certainly does Not want to be flying through the night sky with anyone!!!

Witch Winnie is not sure about him either…so we’ll never know just what her choice will be.   On the next 1/3rd of the rug, there is someone else trying to persuade her to overlook this particular large pumpkin!   This next character wants the smallest pumpkin possible and would prefer it NOT be a jack-o-lantern!

Witch Winnie’s dress is done in duller colours as the main focus of her character is her face!   The main focus of the pumpkin is also his face and the same goes for the next character in the final 1/3rd of the rug.   The “band of focus” is a diagonal line of faces.

So here is Progress on Day 11…as I’ve said before, I was inspired by part of an antique book cover and an antique playing card image of the Queen of hearts for this piece.   I also liked the curved parts of the trees and the curved part of Winnie’s dress.

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂