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   🙂


New Mystery rug-2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 10

Haven’t had much time to hook the last couple of days…but Hooray!!!!!!…I got some time for today’s post…!   🙂

As you have probably gathered from the rug designs I do…I love to add “critters” to my rugs…in various places on the design just for fun.   This little guy was a friend of the bug…so, of course, when I included the bug above him, I had to add him too!!!!   …lol…

And, of course, I had to add some “cheese” for him.   🙂   It makes a nice spot of the bright yellow so I think it will work.   I won’t have to add a yellow dot in that place.

So here is Progress on Day 10…Hope you are all having fun and enjoying your art or craft…wherever in the world you are!   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 9

Getting closer to the bottom of the left side of the rug and deciding if I want to make a transition to a different wool background!   Sometimes I do this…even if the background wool is very similar to the one I have just used.   I’ll decide after looking at the rug (and my wool) for awhile!!!!!    🙂

One thing I wanted to mention is the concept of using a motif in different ways to suit your needs!   The little picture below is the one of the bird on a rather odd “flower “motif.   The little sketch did not work the way I wanted so I just took the green stem and “leaves”, turned that part upside down and put the “flower” part on the stem!   This works as a pedestal for the bird to stand on.   …lol…








There are always so many possibilities if we learn to look at the world in a different way and be open to change.   If I find a flower that I like but I don’t like the stem and leaves, I either draw one I DO like or look for an antique illustration, Dover book or clip art that I can adapt.   If I were doing a realistic rug, I would probably want to hook the natural flower and foliage…but when I hook a fanciful rug, I can change things to suit myself…!   🙂

I have been working more on background and have finished my blue fish as well as a large insect…!      🙂   Now to do that leaf and more hooking tomorrow!!!!

So here is Progress on Day 9…If you look at the bug and the fish, you’ll see that they have tiny white “highlights” in their eyes.   Since the space is so tiny, I use white sewing thread and hand-sew a small dot in each eye. (  I really can’t hook in even a tiny piece of wool on these eyes!)   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug 2018-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 6-7

This rug is such fun!!!!   I love the colours and am choosing them as I go from leftovers and small wool pieces for the motifs and accents.   🙂

This plaid background is great to work with as it shows off other colours so well…!   Because of the weave, I am using a #6 cut for the background and the wool does not fray too much with careful handling.    

When I hook, I am not “in a hurry” even though I might be excited looking forward to the next motif or choosing another fun colour!!!   Rug hooking is both exciting and relaxing for me…which sounds silly but that’s the truth.   (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it…!!!!)   …lol…

Now that I can see more background and more colours, I really like the black and white border…so I have hooked more of that for this post too. 

 I told you that I am not too concerned about the “exactness” of the black and white rectangle size.   Instead of doing more measuring (I did that once at first) I simply fold the rug and place the right side of the border against the left side to see if I am not too far off with the sizes.   (This is what my husband would call “offhanded measuring”…he always laughed when I built simple wooden shelves as I would measure at first and then if I found I’d  made a mistake and cut one side a bit shorter, I just put that board on top of the longer one, drew a line and made the shelves a bit shorter!!!! )    🙂

Joe was a real craftsman and built beautiful furniture and accessories.   I learned early on Not to have him build anything for me where I just wanted something simple!!!   He made beautiful measured drawings, chose lovely woods and built with precision…so if I wanted something plain out of pine shelving, I built it myself.   It saved us any “squabbling”…lol… and I got my shelves a lot faster!!!!!!!

So here is Progress on Days 6-7…I had fun sorting through my leftover strips to add bright dots and swirls and to do a bit of “false shading” to the leaves.    I am drawing more green “vines” as I go because I love the curving lines!   Now we all know that Sunflowers do not have vines growing out of them (!!!) but that does not stop me!   If I think vines are good…then we’ll have vines.   Happy Hooking and Happy February too!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“..ATBTC”-Sunnie-rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art/Day 1

Welcome, friends, to the year 2018 and to the first Mystery Rug of the year!!!   🙂

I am having fun with this new rug and it is just the start!!!   🙂   This one is approx 28 x 39 inches but I might change that or add a border so who knows!!!   …lol…    I am using a deep burgundy plaid for the background so it is quite dark. 

Not only have I gathered a lot of ideas together, but also this is an illustration of an old proverb or “saying”…so I am back to my experimentation and celebration of the fun things of life!!!   🙂

 I have collected ideas, adaptations and my own drawings to pull together things from vintage botanical illustrations,  ancient Celtic manuscripts, antique painted wood, papercutting and motifs from vintage book covers for the design.   I know it sounds like a mish-mash of things but I hope to pull it all together!!!   We shall see!

You can see the background plaid very well in the second picture.   I love the darkness and the colour blend…just what I need to set off the motifs and the lettering!

I‘m being thrifty and bringing in some leftovers in this rug too…so that will be more experimentation with colour!

Here we go…as with all the “first pictures”, I know you will find this absolutely thrilling!!!!!!!”   Hah!   I hope you are all doing well and will enjoy a great year of rug hooking or creating whatever you love to create!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug-“Rest in a Moment of Peace”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking hooked rugs-Day 11-12

“In the rippling river of time,

where moments disappear before we can touch them, 


Be still.

Open your eyes to the world around you.

Listen to the music of heaven and earth…

And rest in a moment of Peace.”    S. Andress, 2017


This post is the completion of the rug Center…I am still working on the Border.

As I said, this rug is an illustration of the above verse or thought.   It is a peaceful rug with a message.   People today are very busy.   When they are not in school, involved in other activities or working, they are on their “devices”.   Many people say that they phone or text family members, even when they are at home with them, in the same house!   They do not talk to them face to face.

We need to spend time with those we love by actually being there with them when it is possible.

And we need to spend some time alone.

My husband, Joe, used to say that a quiet walk in the woods could solve many problems and put things in perspective.   I think he was right.


I felt very peaceful hooking this rug and had a chance to think about everything for which I am thankful.   Not just for Thanksgiving, but for every day.   

May you all have a lovely November, whatever you are celebrating!   🙂   

Here is Progress on Days 11-12…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂