New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

As you know, I do try to explain why I do some things (if I know why!!!!!) but sometimes things just pop into my head!   …lol…

Today, I was working on more background at the top of the rug and, as usual, pinned it to my display board to sit back and look at it while having lunch.   I needed to replace the red spiral on the left side at the top because it “sunk into” the background too much.      (also it was a bit sparse!!!)   So you will notice it is now pink!!!   🙂

I have drawn a border around the rug and was just thinking I’d do a solid border or a papercutting simple border (2 colours) because there will be so much going on in this rug center!    I often talk about “focus” and I want the main motif of this rug to be the focus and the other things to capture attention to be secondary.   

Of course, because it does not make sense (!!!), I am waiting to get the top and part of the left side of the rug hooked Before I choose the colours for the main motif…!    This sounds like it is all backwards…why would anyone in her/his right mind wait to choose the main motif colours until part of the rug is already done and would be a real pain to change?????    Well…nobody probably would but since I don’t even pretend to be in my “right mind” (!!!) I can do that…!   🙂

I had an idea pop into my mind for a border and I have no idea if it will work or if it will prove to be a disaster!!!!   At lunch my “mind” said, “Why not a black and white check border?”

Now that type of border is very “attention-getting”.   It may prove to be absolutely Wrong for this rug…and take away the focus from the main motif!      But, as you know, I like the unexpected and I like to experiment…so I am going to hook that border across the top, at least part way, and see what happens! 

 By the way, when I do “checks” or “bars” of colour in a border, I don’t worry about them being the same size!!!   I don’t do geometrics…so I draw approximately what I want and I don’t worry if the measurements are “off” a bit.   In the rugs I do, it doesn’t matter!!!!!

Today’s post shows how I am starting the experiment…a bit of hooking and a bit of pinning colour in the proper “squares”…just to see what it looks like!    It is all great fun!!!   With the wool covering the lettering the rug looks very messy…but we’ll just put up with it for now!

So here is Progress on Day 4…I may be becoming more goofy since I have now passed the 75 year old mark (!!!!) so my experiments might turn out to be duds!!!    Aha…we shall see, won’t we!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂  




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 “WWGPH”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 9

Always enjoy reading your comments about rug hooking or the fiber art and folk art that you do!    Also painting, quilting, collage…etc.   We all learn from each other and tips or advice about you use colours, etc. are always welcome!   🙂

Today is another colour “blooper”!!!   …lol…     I like to show you errors from time to time because if you hook experimentally like I do, then you know that an experiment might not work right…!!!!   🙂

Here is another photo today showing a colour that had unintended consequences!!!   If you notice the “kinda-leaf-like” (a technical term!!!!!!!) motif in the border center, you’ll see that it has a deep, dull wine colour  inside the dark blue veins.   Now that would probably be OK with that rust background…but when I sit back and look at the rug now, the shape and the wine colour (especially at night) it doesn’t look leaf-like at all but more like part of a misshapen basketball…!  🙂

So I will make a change there, even though it is not a very important part of the border.   It looks funny to me so I will do as you probably do with any mistakes you make…change it so it looks better.   I’ll try some bright and some dull colours.

Background is moving more into the mottled purple as I get to the right hand side of the rug.

Here is Progress on Day 9…not a lot of time yesterday to work…and I’m doing more outside work today but should have some hooking time later on…I’ll need the rest…!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


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!!!!