New Mystery Rug-“The Mystery and Magic of Moonlight”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-FINISHED!

Hooray!   I was so close to finishing my rug that I decided to wait to post it when I finally got it done!!!!   .……The shorter title “Moonlight Magic” is hooked on the rug.   🙂

It is Day 17-18…so it is 18 days of hooking.   I don’t count the “thinking and designing” part…!!!   …lol…   I’ll talk about the hooking style, etc. on the next post. ..  and why I chose to do what I did with colour, hooking direction, etc.   I love all the experiments.   🙂

Since I haven’t steamed it flat yet, I am showing the picture with the buttons on Mr. Morty’s hat just pinned on.   I don’t want to sew them on until I get the rug steamed so I don’t melt the buttons!!!!   I am also going to sew a little fuzzy gray yarn on the sides of his head for frizzy hair and I’ll post another picture of the piece when all that is done.

I’ve refined the story and will put that in full below the rug picture.   It helps to explain more of Mr. Morty’s family.   This rug has been fun and Mr. Morty has enjoyed it as much as I have…(or so he says!!!)

In short-———The story finishes telling you how Mr. Morty takes his full bowl of moonbeam bits outside on a night when the moon is “in a good mood” and throws them all into the air.     And his neighborhood changes into some of his memories…but he never knows just what those will be.   This night, it is the tropical plants from a family vacation,  his family’s mountain cabin and his mother’s sugar cookies for the stars!   That certainly is “different”!!!

The sky changes in Mr. Morty’s memory world to a rust-brown,  but you can still see the city’s nighttime blue in the distance.

We all know that there is something magical about moonlight.   But sometimes,  even if we can’t find those moonbeam bits, as we look up into the night sky, we can see Not what is there, but what was…in a different place, at a different time, when we were different too…and we happily remember.   S. A. -2017

Enjoy…and Happy Hooking!   Thank you for coming on this adventure with me!!   Sunnie   🙂

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………The Mystery and Magic of Moonlight…hooked rug (c) 2017   ……….”Moonlight Magic”

Mr. Mortimer Marmaduke lives in the city. He is an old man and he likes the convenience of having all that he needs easily accessible. Unfortunately, he finds that a lot of the city looks the “same”. When he looks out of his windows, day after day, he wishes that he could see something “different”.

As a child, Mr. Morty’s favourite saying was “I like things to be different!” Drawing a picture, decorating his room or choosing his clothes, he loved things that were “different”. Thankfully, his parents loved him just as he was…so it was a happy family.

Is Mr. Morty unhappy living in his city “much the same” environment? No… not at all. He can still draw his pictures, decorate his apartment and choose his clothes to be “different”…and he also has a secret. He can use his moonbeam bits, his mind and his magic on those nights when the moon is in a good mood to make his neighborhood “different” for a time!

Many people don’t know that when moonbeams hit the earth, they leave little bits of themselves behind. But Mr. Morty knows! He gathers these little bits and keeps them in a little one-footed bowl until it is full. Then, when the moon is in a certain stage (and in a good mood!) he goes outside with his moonbeam bits and throws them up into 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 relive those memories …touch the plants from the family vacation to a tropical garden and enter that mountain cabin from his childhood where his father used several unusual woods, just for his son, so their cabin would be “different”. But what Mr. Morty finds especially fun is that the combination of memories is always “different”! This night it is tropical plants, his family’s cabin and even 2 stars that have turned into his mother’s sugar cookies that she baked every Christmas season. (she sprinkled brown sugar on hers, instead of white, just for her son who liked things to be “different”!)

The sky has turned from the usual night blue to a rusty red-brown in Mr. Morty’s memory world but it will change back after a time. We all know that there is something magical about moonlight. But even if we can’t find those moonbeam bits, maybe, as we look up into the night sky, we can see not what is there, but what was…in a different place, at a different time when we were “different” too…and happily remember. S.A. 2017

 

 

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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-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

Quick post today!!!    I’m having a great time…!!!   🙂

I’m working on another part of the rug while Mr. M thinks about his next article of clothing!!!!!   …lol

Here is a closeup of the plaids in this section…

 

All of these wools are plaids and you can see the colours in this closeup of them…!!!   I love the greens/browns dark plaid.

And here is the section I had time to hook today!

I had to fiddle with this section a bit and grab leftovers for the light brown and the blue lines but I am happy so far.   I may have to adjust, but that is no problem.

So here is Progress on Day 4…Please stay safe from fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. and Happy Hooking!     Sunnie   🙂 

Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking…New Blog/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Pillows, Chairpads

Since I do a lot of “Mystery Rugs” on this blog, I thought I might start posting on a new Blog about smaller items like pillows, chairpads, etc. along with ideas and techniques that have helped me when I was a beginning rug hooker.   Would love to have you visit…and happy too have you comment too!   🙂

I also thought I might try hooking a small rug or design where you can actually see what I am doing (!!!)   🙂   I did this many years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.

A “mystery” rug is, of course, a mystery so you can’t see the design as I hook it.   But I thought I might enjoy showing some experiments and , perhaps, changes that I make to the pieces…and that could be on the “sister” Blog.

Also, I have a Blog that I did a very long time ago when I hardly knew what I was doing.   I will try to take some of the content from that blog that hasn’t been used for a very long time.   It might be helpful to someone…and the work was more primitive too.

The link is on the “Links” list (BLOGROLL) to the right…AA “Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking”

Hope you are staying either cool or warm this Summertime.   I am ready for the hot weather to be over!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug-“WW Great Pumpkin Hunt”-6/2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 10

Hooray!   I am getting close to the finish of this 24 x 24 inch piece!   🙂

I’ve enjoyed this experiment because of the interesting colour problems and successes that have gone along with it.   The border “leaf-basketball-blob” problem has been solved and I think it shows off the center of the rug better than my earlier idea.   

Sometimes it works beautifully to put a touch of the center colour(s) in the border…but it did not do well on this top border!!!!!

There is still an optical illusion going on with the top border…but it is rather “creepy” and that goes along with the rug’s theme!

You will see that I am putting colours in the right hand border to balance the left side of the rug… so we will see how they do there.   It is easy to change colour in simple shapes when needed.

Since I am going to give you a picture of 1/3 of the rug today, you will know immediately that this is…a Halloween Rug!!!!!    (I know you are saying “oh, no…not again!!!)   …lol… but tomorrow I will explain how this rug came to be a Halloween piece and Not the design I had started out to draw!   

The top border design was papercutting and, when I put the paper on the border to try it out,  I immediately thought that, if hooked in black wool,  the shapes looked like bats.   Then,  I thought putting a bit of the bright colour(s) in a “leaf shape” in the center would be a nice touch…but it wasn’t…!   🙂

I have had a great time with colours on this piece…the next post will show the quieter, dull colours on another 1/3 of the rug.

Here is Progress on Day 10…I’ve had so much fun with this one!!!   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   🙂

 

2017-June-12 x 12-“The Rooster and the Rose” mat-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 5 Finished…!!!

I finished the rest of “The Rooster and the Rose” today…it was great fun! 

As I said, I used cut paper for the rose and some of the grass and flower “patterns” and just drew around them.   I just sketched the rooster, a favourite theme in old fraktur and sampler images and added little bits as I went along.

The Rooster really looks like he is up to something…that little smile means there is mischief afoot…!!!   …lol…

I think I’ll make this into a pillow and will show another picture here when it is finished.   Now to decide on my next 12 x 12…I have a couple of ideas for that but just have to settle on something.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Happy Hooking!   It is raining today so no outside work…more time to design more rugs!!!   Here is Finished Project on Day 5…   Sunnie   🙂