New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 11

Quick post today…getting ready for a Hook-in this week!   🙂

I was able to work a bit on Mr. Morty’s hat…he says it isn’t very “different” and it isn’t!   But I said I would jazz it up a bit later so he is fine with that…!   

Also a bit of his neighborhood behind him….not much time to hook this week but here is Progress on Day 11.   

—————————————————————————————————————————————–Hope all is well with everyone… and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art/Day 8-9

Well those last few days didn’t go quite as planned…!!!!!   But we adapt as well as we can…yes???   🙂

Along with an inside and an outside painting project, an inside redecorating project and 2 rug hooking projects, I have been a bit busy!!!   …lol…

Here is the bottom border that took a Lot of time but you can’t see most of it yet…!!!!   🙂   

…………………………………………………………………….I also have been having a 2 day “disagreement” with Mr. Marmaduke (I call him that when I am irritated with him!) about his jacket.   🙂

I had set aside a little more of the plaid that hooks up like tweed (his knickers) and planned to make the jacket a bit “different” for him by adding some large cuffs with some bright touches.   However, when I picked up the wool to go cut it, Mr Marmaduke had other ideas.   “That’s not different”, he shouted,   “that’s just adding a little colour to an “outfit”…and  I Hate “outfits!!”    And he sulked for the rest of the day.

Every time I picked up my hook, he glared at me and pointed to a couple of small pieces of bright wools and grumbled, “I Won’t wear it unless it is made out of these colours!!!!”

I tried explaining that I was “in charge” and if he wouldn’t cooperate, I could always replace him with someone else.   But he just looked smug and said, “But you have already TOLD people about me…so you would look really dumb replacing ME!”   So, I Finally gave in and, after working on the bottom border and lettering, I went and cut those two wools for his jacket and started to hook it.     “Now THAT is what I call “different”, he said with a grin.   And he has been grinning all of yesterday and will be grinning at me today when I try to get in some more jacket hooking!!!!!

Hope all is well with everyone now that Autumn is almost upon us!   My favourite time of year!!!     Here is Progress on Day 8 & 9…the border was pretty dull to photograph for a whole post, so now you have a bit more to see!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 7

Quick post today too…the “ladies” were here doing some hooking and punch needle work!   I was edge-finishing “Witch Winnie’s Great Pumpkin Hunt”.  

It is so much nicer to do edging when you have others to visit with and to see what they are working on as well.   I find edge-finishing somewhat boring…so it’s also fun for me to take rugs to hook-ins to do the finishing!!!!   I get a lot done and it is not boring at all…!!!!!   🙂

Now I’m sure you have been outside and seen some things that look different when it is dark and just a little moonlight shines!

Things DO happen that we can’t explain…and I wonder if Mr. Morty is behind those things.   The other evening, I thought I saw a grey cat curled up resting under my neighbor’s car.   I didn’t worry because the cat could get away easily when someone came outside.   However, in the morning, I looked again and there were two plastic bags (in the same place)  resting beside the back tire!   

Now you could say that because I am old, I can’t tell the difference between a cat and a plastic bag!!!!    …lol…   (If that is so, I have carried a lot of cats through grocery stores!!!)

Was the “cat” really those plastic bags scrunched up?   Or was my medication causing me to hallucinate…?   Or… maybe I have been breathing too much wool dust…!!!    But I am sure when I saw it in the moonlight, it was a grey cat.   🙂

“This photo shows a small area of the building where Mr. Mortimer Marmaduke lives.   And yes, it is a lot of “same”!     But the story is not through yet…!!!”

Here is Progress on Day 7… I hope you are safe and well.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 6

Quick post today.!!!!!   🙂

..I had a little time to work on more of the “less interesting” parts of the rug…but it is fun because I am searching out little leftover strips of different plaids.   These small pieces are about 4-6 inches wide so I can cut them into #6 strips and I can use leftover narrow strips between them.

I have decided to try some experimenting with some other techniques too…might as well (!!)  as this is not a rug that has to be either beautiful or keep to anything normal…!   …lol…

I really enjoy doing these types of rugs because I enjoy keeping my leftovers a manageable size.   I want some, they are so handy, but not a huge amount…!

“When he was a child, Mr. Morty’s favourite comment about anything was, “I like it when it is different…!”   Playing a game, drawing a picture,  decorating his room or choosing his clothes, he always wanted to be “Different”.   Thankfully, that was just fine with his parents…so it was a happy household.   And now, Mr. Morty has fun with his secret…it keeps him happy in the city which can be very much the same…day after day!”

So here is Progress on Day 6… I think you can see the different plaids in the photo!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

I had some time to hook some background and hook on another part of the rug.   As you know, I like to skip around and I don’t want to have a lot of background to fill in the final days of hooking!!!    🙂

Here is some information about this rug…and a little about the story.

“Mr Mortimer Marmaduke enjoys living in the city.   He has everything he needs close at hand and, because he is older, he appreciates not having to drive a long way just to get his hair cut (what little hair he has!!!!) or to buy pickled beets!

    But he does have times where he looks out of his apartment window, sees all the concrete, steel, streets and cars and wishes that the scenery was not so much “the same”.   He wants to have it “different”.

Thankfully, although he looks like a typical “little old man”, Mr. Morty has a secret….”

And so we start the adventure with Mr. Morty!!!   🙂  

This rug is approx 24 x 33 inches and uses many plaids and many leftovers!   It is done mostly in a #5 and #6 cut and I am designing and changing the “first draft” as I go along!   …lol…

Here is Progress on Day 5…I am using some lovely mottled greens on this too…not my own dyeing but several pieces that I have in my stash.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Today, I am remembering the people that we lost during 9-11, the people who have gone through so much with the natural disasters and people all around the world facing extreme difficulties.   Donating to the Red Cross and other charities seems so little for me to do…but it helps a little and it is good to see people helping each other.




New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

Quick post today!!!    I’m having a great time…!!!   🙂

I’m working on another part of the rug while Mr. M thinks about his next article of clothing!!!!!   …lol

Here is a closeup of the plaids in this section…


All of these wools are plaids and you can see the colours in this closeup of them…!!!   I love the greens/browns dark plaid.

And here is the section I had time to hook today!

I had to fiddle with this section a bit and grab leftovers for the light brown and the blue lines but I am happy so far.   I may have to adjust, but that is no problem.

So here is Progress on Day 4…Please stay safe from fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. and Happy Hooking!     Sunnie   🙂 

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   🙂