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   🙂



New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 8

Quick post today…   I have hooked more on the cat figure…here are the socks and feet:


And here is the full figure…


I am going crazy for black and white socks these days!!!!!!   More coming tomorrow as I’ll have more time to hook today!!! 

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂

New Halloween Rug-2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/using leftovers/hooked rugs-Day 7

Hooray…I found a bag of “darks” with burgundy and purple leftover strips to use for the cat’s pants!!!!   (Or was that the “bee’s knees”?)   🙂

Saved me having to pick through the box!   I have lightened the photo a bit so you can see the different colours that blend into what looks like burgundy pants in reality.   I have hooked the strips in curves off to the sides instead of straight across or straight down as it gives more “drape and motion”.   Yes, I know…you are saying   …”Who cares?”   …lol…   I know with all that is going on on this rug many people wouldn’t notice or care…but I do!   🙂

I also fixed the cat’s paw so it isn’t so big and looks more in proportion to the paw in his pocket.

So…here we go with Progress on Day 7…As you can see, I will use up more leftovers putting a circle or spiral here and there on this bottom of the rug.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


Starting A New Rug after July 4th, 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs – Halloween rug

The Next Rug…

As you know, I have been having fun experimenting with different motif combinations and having fun designing pieces with my own and antique motifs combined.

This next rug will be done a bit differently…it isn’t really a “Mystery” because you know it is a Halloween rug and I am telling you about it…!!!!   🙂

Also, I will post the pictures as I go along and not hold back any parts.   I think I will either start on the right or left side and move across the rug.   I’ll try to use this as a “using up leftover woolworms” rug too as Halloween designs are really great for this!

I wanted to do this one because I want to show how my little sketch from years ago could be used to start a rug design, even though the sketch was intended as a “line or paragraph” divider for my long-ago website called “Grinning Cat Primitives”.     I did a lot of Halloween-themed dolls, craft items, etc. at that time and I thought this would be a fun divider to use on my pages for the Halloween Holiday. 

I was sorting through my files of pictures and sketches the other day when I came across this and thought that I could use it as a hooked pillow or hooked sign or banner.   After fiddling with it for a bit and adding the words “Happy Halloween” I thought that I could have a fun rug by adding more to the motifs…and making it a bit bigger!    I cut out shapes using “used” copy paper and moved them around until I had motifs that worked for me.   If you have not used what I call the “Creative Cutting” technique to cut paper shapes, arrange them on your backing and then see what those shapes say to you about a rug design or theme, I encourage you to try it.   I find it great fun!!!!  

So this rug will start after the Holiday and we’ll see if something a simple as a line divider for my old website pages can turn into a Halloween celebration rug!   Happy Canada Day, Happy July 4th, Happy Holiday and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


Mystery – “Halloween Hotel’s Holiday Dance”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 16 FINISHED

Well finally!!!   I am laughing at myself because I thought I had finished the rug last evening and was about to take a picture when I realized I had not hooked the rest of the #8 strips (2 strips) border!!!  

I was pretty tired so I just laughed and went to bed…got up this morning and finished the border and a few other tweaks…along with sewing more satin (!!!), computer work,  reading over the 26 page report of the house inspector, etc.

I’m doing too many things at once!!!!!   🙂  

This has been, even with all the “life-interventions”, a really fun  and happy rug to do!

However, I am going to post the pictures today, even though I have a little more work to do on this rug.  

FIRST is the picture showing most of the rug design I started with…the added pumpkin characters are blocked out.   All you have to do on Picture 1 is imagine a small pumpkin (no face) to the left of Chauncy’s foot…where Oswaldo is now!    Also, I left the dark colour on the “jewels” shown on the wrought iron fence post on the left side.   The jewels on the right post are much better in giving a halloween look!  

I will change the left side ones but wanted you to see that the orange and yellow look much better to me…without the purple to balance the colours in Myrtle’s outfit.

Myrtle Mae Mopp shows up on Picture 1 as a rather goofy-looking character…especially when contrasted with Chauncy!   But that is the effect I wanted.   🙂   They show up as a couple!



Now to Picture 2…

When you see picture 2 , you see how the addition of Oswaldo and Prunetta make the eye jump from Chauncy to the two pumpkins…and then to Myrtle Mae.   Now, she looks tired and “faded”.   The strong colours of the pumpkins and the cat come forward and even her “high fashion” outfit (!!!) can’t compete with them.   To my eye the rug is just a bit too crowded.   The candy corn lights are really bright too, and that adds to Myrtle’s washed out look.  

Also, you can visualize the two wrought iron posts looking like the left one…with those bright orange and yellow jewels!!!…when I move Prunetta into the lower right center section. (after taking Myrtle Mae out when I make the Chauncy and pumpkins pattern.

PICTURE 2 BELOW…. So away we go!   I think Chauncy will be fine centered and by himself, with sparklers in each hand, heading for the dance and a night of fun!   I hope you enjoy the rug…I’m now working on the pattern…this is what the right side of the pattern will look like on this second version of the rug.   (I’ll also redraft the version with Myrtle Mae Mopp too.)


Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂


Mystery-“Halloween Hotel’s Holiday Dance”-Sunnie/rug hooking/halloween rugs-Day 14

Well here we go…getting close to the finish line on this rug!   🙂   Only a couple more days!!!!!!   …lol…

This has been really fun…but I am going to use it as a great example of the hazards of changing the focus of a design when a lot of it has already been done!!!

I plan to change this pattern when I make the paper enlargements…away from my original idea and towards the “adjusted design”!    But instead of just taking out a part of the rug and redoing it before showing the full rug to you, I’m going to see if you agree with me on my reasons for the change.

All of us who do our own designs, especially those who “design-as-they-go” as I do, know the feeling of having a design or motif look not quite right.   It may be the placement or the motif itself…or it might be the colours that would have to be used for that area,  perhaps the balance is off or the motifs crowd each other, etc.  

Although this rug will not be a pattern of the one I started with…I think the changed rug will convey my Halloween celebration theme even better!!!    As you know from my work…I don’t do much in the way of symmetry!!!!    I like balance but symmetry doesn’t always convey what I want on a rug.   In the case of this rug, however…I really wanted the same wrought iron posts at each side of the gate of the “Halloween Hotel”.   When I added the pumpkin designs, that wasn’t possible.   🙂

So I will show the finished rug and tell you what I plan to do…both in removing one motif, changing the design a bit and then making the pattern from that design.   We’ll see if you think it is better left the way it is!!!!!!!   …lol…   I still think it is a great example of a “Rug design gone flooey”!!!

Here is Progress on Day 14…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂


Mystery Rug-HHHD-Sunnie/rug hooking/Halloween rugs-Day 13

Well, “life” has intervened…as it so often does(!!!!)…just when I am very busy and my daughter is Super busy (!!) with the preparations for her daughter’s (my granddaughter’s) wedding!  (I’m helping sewing on Lots of satin!!!!!)   I’m also hooking this new rug and trying to get these patterns ready so I can actually offer them to anyone interested….!!!

The story goes like this…

When I moved here to my apartment, it was my intention to stay here in Oregon (where I am very happy!!!) until I needed more help or my health wasn’t as good…and then look for an apartment or a house closer to my daughter in Vancouver Wa..(right across the Columbia River ).    It seemed reasonable at the time I moved here in 2013.

However, a couple of months ago, I thought that I really didn’t want to move when I wasn’t in good health or was having trouble walking or going gaga…so my daughter and I discussed it and thought I should start casually looking for a home near her.   With an idea of finding something and moving next Spring or Summer.

Because it took my daughter a year or two to find her home and to actually buy it (homes in her area go fast and they often have several offers on them)  we contacted a realtor friend and asked her to just keep an eye out for what we wanted.    We figured something would come up in the next 6 months or a year and we’d really start looking in the Spring.

Of course, since this is the worst possible time (!!!!!)…Murphy’s Law has struck again…and I am in the process of buying a home right now…on top of everything else!      🙂

The perfect little house came up only 4 minutes away from my daughter, it had several offers on it and they accepted mine!   So if all goes well, I’ll have to start packing and moving right after my granddaughter’s September wedding!!!!    Yeeeks!

So…please overlook any additional “oddities” on my part as I try to juggle all of this!   I’m sure I can do it… but I feel like I am like the man who jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions!!!!!   …lol…

So I am a couple of weeks behind schedule (!!!) but next week I’ll post pictures of the patterns I have and if the paper is finally in at Staples, I can get the last batch finished.   I can also finish this rug and keep sewing on that satin and signing papers, etc. for the house in my spare time!   Whew!!!

Now you just know that if I wanted to move right away, I would never be able to find Anything even remotely Near my daughter!   And if I did find something, it would be waaay above my modest price range!!!!!

I’m delighted with the house, the location is perfect and I needed to act now.   Of course, now that I have This Oregon address on Everything(!!!!), I’ll have to buy labels to cover the addresses on patterns, cards, etc.   At least we are keeping a sense of humor about it all…I may just sit and laugh today, and not do anything else!!!!!

Anyway…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it…Happy Hooking!   Here is Progress on Day 13, you can see some of my “redesigning” scribbles…Sunnie  🙂