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   🙂

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Crazy Couple of Months!!!!-Father Christmas in progress-rug hooking-hooked rugs-Sunnie-folk art

Sorry to have been away so long!!!!!!

I can’t believe I have been so busy in March and April…!   Very unusual for me to live such a “hectic” life!!!!   🙂

However, I did have a great time at Rockaway Beach, Oregon at Rug Camp the first week in April and learned a lot from my teacher, Laura Pierce!!!

I had decided to do the head and shoulders of a Santa (more like a Father Christmas-not the “jolly” guy) and had hooked the right side of the rug  before camp…with the blue, gray and off-white plaid for the sky and the reds for his coat.   

Since I wanted him to be “different” (like Mr. Morty!!!), I decided that his Grandma had knitted a scarf for him (!) and he is wearing that around his neck instead of the traditional fur.   This Santa is adapted from an old postcard that shows a full Santa figure sporting lots of fur with a large bag of toys, etc.   However, I wanted to focus on what was really important…and I narrowed it down to a head-and-shoulders portrait.

Since Laura does wonderful portraits herself, I wanted help with the face and beard to have him look realistic.   As you know, realism is not my “thing”…so I knew this would be difficult.   It took me all week to do the face and beard and start the hat...but I learned a lot and am very happy with the rug so far!   I wanted him to be quite serious but not look too stern or have a mean expression!!!   …lol…  ( Some of the Father Christmas illustrations look rather severe!)

It is about 22 x 22 inches and uses mostly #5 and #6 cuts and here is Progress so far…..

                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you are all well and enjoying life…we are having a roller-coaster Spring with rain one day, cold the next, sunshine and warm temps and rain+cold again…who knows!!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂 

Hooking a “CHALLENGE” Chairpad-3/2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked chairpads/silly folk art

While I am resting, redecorating my little home for Spring and designing another Mystery Rug, I am working on pieces for a couple of Challenges on the forum Rug Hooking Daily.

By the way, if you are a person interested in rug hooking, joining Rug Hooking Daily is a great place for information, friendship and inspiration.   There is no cost to join and you can get answers for almost all of your rug hooking questions!!!

The “Chairpad Challenge” is in our “GREAT DEWORMING” Group…one of many groups in RHDaily.

Since there are no “rules” for this Challenge…just that it be a chairpad…I thought about doing something for Spring.   Maybe flowers or birds, etc.

BUT…my silly side just came out again while I was looking at a small piece of mottled lavender wool and the bags of my woolworms leftover from other projects…and lavender hair just popped into my head!!!!!   …lol…

Perhaps remembering the scores of “old ladies” that I saw in my childhood (in the 1940’s) with lavender tints in their hair!!!!!!   Now the purple hair is sported by the young and old alike!!!!

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy seeing the silly chairpad as it goes along!

Here we go…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“All Things Belong to Cats!”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 17-21-FINISHED

Hooray…after a “hooking marathon” (!!!), I have finished this rug!   🙂

The Irish-English proverb is…”In a Cat’s eye, all things belong to Cats!”

At 28 x 39 inches, this is a larger rug than I thought I would do when I first started designing it.   But hooking in my “freestyle” or “stewpot” style, things just evolve sometimes!!!   …lol…   This was such fun and I was experimenting so much that I have spent a lot of 6-7 hours a day hooking on it.  

When I make stew or soup, I start out with a base of broth or french onion soup, etc. and then toss in anything I think will make a good tasting blend of meat,  vegetables and seasonings when finished.   This is the way I hook almost all the time now and it’s just what I did on this rug!

I started with the base (the background wool), added the cat figure (inspired by an antique primitive painting of a cat on wood), remembered an old saying about cats and looked that up…and went from there.   Fish, mice, birds, bugs, etc. are all things cats like…so Celtic fish, a mouse from a free clipart design,  my own bug and bird sketches and a sunflower from an antique botanical book were added to the mix! 

Now my designs don’t look much like the originals as they are my interpretations hooked in my own folk art style…but the inspiration came from those things!   So… they were gathered together and thrown into the pot!   I love to add “confetti” dots to my rugs… so the “seasoning” is in all colours that I thought would add some fun to this one.

My main problem was working with the Cat face.   I wanted it to have some “realism” so I stared a lot at a photo of my own cat’s face plus about 30 other cat faces in all mediums.   For me, “realism” is foreign!!!!!   🙂       This face isn’t Really realistic as I would have had to dye wool, properly shade and hook strips in the proper fur growth direction, etc. and I did not want to go that far!!!!!   But I hope that the face begins to resemble a real cat and not a cartoon!

I still have some “tweaking” to do on the cat’s whiskers…I wanted just a light touch using wool yarn and sewing it into the hooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My cat, Cassie, was a wonderful cat and had a lot of expressions.   I wanted the Face and Eyes to draw the viewer because that was the focus of this piece.   (Also, the Green of the lettering is the same Green as the cat’s eyes…and that green is used nowhere else on the rug! )   I chose a font that looked lively and fun for this piece…and I really like how it turned out.   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cat’s body and all the rest of the rug is not realistic at all as that was not necessary…I just had fun with the colours and the design.   I gave the Sunflower a little “life” by adding vine “arms” and “feet”…it was fun to see the vines twining around the rug!!!

The border, which took hours and hours of work (!) was not planned.      It just popped into my head one day so I did it…!      I like it…it makes me think of fairy tales and fantasy …and I like the “orderly” surrounding the “chaos” in the rug center.   It isn’t “geometric” in the sense that all of the blocks are exactly the same size.   But it looks fairly “orderly” which is as close as I come to hooking geometrics!!!!!   …lol…

So here is the Finished rug on day 21…It has been delightful to hook and has become one of my favourites!   I like the “slightly smug” cat, the old saying, the combination of motifs from different centuries and the plays on words with the green of the cat’s eyes matching the lettering, etc.   It is exactly the way I like to work…and I like the finished “Stew”.   Thank you for coming on this adventure with me…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 14, 15, 16

We had snow last night so all is white…but it is supposed to leave us soon so we’ll see!!!!!    (I’ll get out my snow shovel and clean up a bit…I am thankful for my garage as almost all of my neighbors’ cars are parked outside.   Garages have been converted to rooms or used up as storage spaces.   I have “stuff” in mine too…but still can park my car inside!!!!)

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Carole asked me what I do with all my rugs!   🙂   Here is a sample…I use all of my home as a Gallery …Except my living-dining room and my kitchen.   I haven’t completed hanging rugs as I have electrical and painting to do in my home…but I still have lots of rugs up now.   I rotate them for seasons and just for fun.

Here are rugs in Entry wall, my Office, Hallway and the door (and wall) into my bedroom.   Even the 2 bathrooms are hung with rugs…my 3 apartment signs are in one bathroom!   🙂

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TODAY’S POST…………….Yes…I have been working (!!!) but on filling in background and hooking more of that black and white border!!!!!   I was crazy to do this border on a larger rug…but no one has said I am in my right mind…!!!   …lol…

However, giving you pictures of background hooked and days of black and white border, I thought I’d wait until I had something a bit different to show.   After all, 3 days worth of the same border might get a bit tiring!!!!

I decided to place my initials in leaves on the right side of the rug and use the same green as the sunflower leaves, etc.   Also, the letters are done with the leaf vein wool so I think they will blend in.   If I find that the lettering is too prominent, I can simply hook a different green or a quiet tan in the leaves!   🙂

I have also worked a bit on the part you can’t yet see…and it is much more time-consuming.   I can spend three or four hours hooking on the black and white border and get quite a bit done…but I spend the same amount of time on another motif and get a small area finished.

That being said, this is turning out to be one of my favourite rugs!    I knew it would be fun (I always have fun!!!) but I really like how this is turning out.   It reminds me of something special…so I am smiling a lot while I hook it.   🙂

  As you know, I like doing some of the tedious and/or boring work as I go along and not save it until the finish…!   I can’t imagine doing All the border or a big portion of the background after all the motifs are finished.   I’d be screeching and banging my head against the wall…!!!   (And That is not a pretty sight…!)

So here is Progress on the three days…14, 15 and 16.   Because of the size of the rug, I am just showing you the new area I am hooking, but I hope to finish this rug by next weekend if all goes well.   Happy Hooking (or whatever you are doing!)   Sunnie   🙂

 

 

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 13

I keep saying that this rug is such fun…but it is because I am trying something new…that combination of a bit of “realism” within a folk art design.   I need to do this because I want one of the motifs to have a “real” element to it…because it enhances my design and, hopefully!!!, captures the viewer’s attention.

It isn’t easy to combine “realism” with fantasy, at least for me, because I don’t do anything “realistic”.   I never hook a real landscape with sky and clouds the way they really look.   I don’t hook animals that look “real”…mine are simply my interpretation of real things.   You know what they are, but they are not realistic…!

Now any of us Could hook a photo of a child sitting by a river (realistically) and then have a cartoon character rowing by in a boat, etc.   But I am talking about Combining the realistic and the folk art in the same character or motif….!   Anyway, it is all great fun!   🙂   I hope all will become clear when you see the finished piece!

I’m not sure if I will succeed…but I am enjoying trying!!!   …lol…

So here is Progress on Day 13…the first blue fish asked for a companion…so, of course, I had to hook another fish..!   I was tempted to hook a red one for Dr. Seuss…” One fish, two fish, Red fish, Blue fish”…but red wouldn’t go with my other colour choices.   (I am hoping the mouse will be happy with his fish and bug friends and won’t ask for another mouse!!!!)

Happy Hooking…and I’m glad you are coming with me on this silly adventure!   Sunnie   🙂

 

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie-rug hooking/hand hooked rugs/folk art-Days 11-12

Quick post today!!!

Over the weekend I had some time to work on background which takes a lot of time on this rug!!!!!    I have to be careful not to add too much “stuff” as I go along because, unlike a goofy Halloween rug or a “wild and crazy” rug, I want the focus to be on the main part of the design without a lot of distractions!!!   🙂

However, I did have time to add 2 “lollipop” flowers (padulas!!!) to keep the bug and mouse company!!!!   I have used a darker green for the stems and leaves because I want them to fade into the background some.   I don’t want to take away from the green I am using in the rug center!   Of course, the multicoloured dots all over the piece are like confetti thrown in a celebration!   And this rug IS a celebration of sorts…especially for one of the motifs!!!!    …lol…

Here is an “Extra” photo of the background plaid and the colours in it.   This is why I love plaids…they give “life”, “motion” and “interest” to a background that almost “reads” as a solid colour.  (Looking at the rug “in person” and from a distance.)    I think it shows off the motifs beautifully while drawing minimal attention to itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is Progress on the 11th and 12th day…I am loving working on this rug and have been doing some hooking instead of what I am supposed to be doing!!!   I really need to dust and mop a couple of floors!!!!!   But the hooking is so much fun, I keep putting it off.   I’ll go do some cleaning after I post this today!   Happy Hooking!!   Sunnie   🙂