New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange Encounter OTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

Hooking more background but I was able to hook a couple more motifs today!      🙂

I think the lighter green will do fine…if it fades a bit into the background…that’s OK!   It will just look a bit “wispy”!   …lol…

These two tulips are not outlined either.   I wanted to outline the three tulips on the right side of the piece to add “weight” and make them stand out a little more against the background.   These other three, without outlining, are an experiment.   🙂

As for more about the story behind the rug…how many times have we become confused about directions that someone has given us in a hurry and found ourselves not finding “the place” without some mistakes!  We may have given directions and instructions in error ourselves!!!!!

Sometimes the mistakes may be quite funny too, such as joining the wrong “Family Reunion” at the park because you see someone who “looks” like your Uncle Fred…!   (But he isn’t..!)

So here is Progress on Day 13…I’m about 2/3rds done at this point.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug 2017-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 16-17

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!!!!


New Mystery Rug “WTTPG”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 15

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   🙂


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 7-8

I’m hooking right along with this rug and still enjoying the colours I am using!!!  

Today’s photo is of the lower right of the rug…I will post a picture of the rug’s right side tomorrow…because of the length of the rug, you get a small long narrow photo when I try to show the whole section I’ve hooked!!!   The small photos don’t show the motifs very well…so today’s picture is a closer look.

As you know, I do a lot of pinning my rugs up on a “viewing board” and look at them from a distance.   That really helps me when I am choosing colours based upon what I have already hooked.   If I make a mistake in my choice of the next wool, I can see the mistake immediately!!!   Sometimes, up close, everything looks fine…but farther away, the colour might be too bright or fade into the background too much, etc.

I don’t really have a “vision” in my mind of the finished rug when I start…but for me, that’s not necessary!   I like to be surprised at the finish…!      🙂

So here is Progress on days 7-8…I wanted to finish up the part of the rug I was working on over the weekend to make a better picture.   Even with a lot of motifs, there is still a lot of background (!!!!) and the background shows the motifs better than the blank linen.  

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie   🙂




New 2017 Mystery Rug-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 6

Didn’t have a lot of time to hook today but did get in about an hour and a half…!

Still working on the right side of the rug from almost the top to the bottom.   This design is very enjoyable, especially because of the cold temps outside.   I’m glad to be inside hooking with wool…!

Those darker leaves shown in yesterday’s post are done with individual strips of several colours.      The new ones below them are done with a dip-dyed wool that goes from the deeper blue-green colour to the light green.   I wanted some changes in the leaves.   And, of course, doing more background.   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 6…

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   :)


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 2

Got some more done for today’s post… Hooray!     🙂

I am really happy with the motif colours I get to use on this piece so far!!!!!   For me…nothing is more fun than experimenting with wool colours!!!   🙂

And I am happy so far with the background-border colours.   These two are simply mill-dyed plaids right off the bolt.   No overdye!   I got used to using  off-the-bolt plaids and buying hand-dyed wool from others after moving to the West coast into an apartment.   At home in Vermont, I dyed a lot of my own wool…but living in an apartment where a dye mistake could mean paying for a whole new kitchen stopped me there!!!    Yeeks!   (I think I did “marry” some worms but that was it.)

Now, I have a lot of wool so I use mostly what I have with plaid purchases from time to time for backgrounds!!!   I’ll get back into the dye pots again while I’m here in my own home!

Here is the wool I am using for the center background… (to me, it looks “warm”)wpgbackgroundwool








Now the border wool  (to me, it looks “cool”) is shown at the top of my progress on Day 2…you can see how it is hooking up in the border.   Since the plaid had some colours I am using in the design, I thought it might work…!   I’ll be able to tell better after I have done more on the rug and a bit more on the border…we’ll see if I keep it.

……….Happy New Year and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 10

Hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one!   We enjoyed some good family time!   🙂

I had some hooking hours yesterday so I am continuing to work on the right side of my rug.   Even though there is not a great deal of background (so many motifs!!!!!!)…it always  seems to take a lot of  wool…!!!   I talk a lot about making sure that I not only have a more than enough of my main background wool but also that I have several “blending wools” in case I goof up in my assessment…!    So…  I am never worried about having enough background wool to complete any project I do.

I love how these colours are working out…some that stand out and some that blend more into the background.   It is great to use up some blue leftover woolworms too… and I like the added touch the scallops give along the bottom and the right side of the rug.   This blue plaid for the main background is very pleasing to me…it is right from the mill with no overdye necessary!

A bit of yarn is hooked into this one and also a bit of cotton fabric for a few accents.   I rarely use anything but 100% wool…but I am branching out as I do more “collage-style” experimental pieces!

So here is Progress on Day 10…I am actually going along quite quickly on this piece and it would be nice to have it finished by the end of November!   We’ll see if I make that “finish” line.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂