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   🙂


New Mystery Rug 2017-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 18-19

Finally can get back to my hooking!!!!!!      Hooray!

I almost have this piece completed…so I will post the finished rug on Monday!  

It has been fun…and an interesting experiment.   The focus is on a bird…but I have been trying to keep within a limited colour scheme for what is essentially his “background”.   The background should be interesting but not overshadow the bird…!    I was also experimenting with colour lights and darks…balancing them across the rug…and I tried extending some of the motifs into the borders.

I have tweaked part of the motifs above the Welcome sign and re-hooked my initials which were too prominent in the brown “twig” colours!   The initials are less noticeable now and I find that much more pleasing.   After all, this is not a rug about me!!!!!!!!!

Here is the “Story” of this rug:

When I saw the little bird in the border of that large antique tapestry, I loved the bird and the position he was in…sitting on a branch.   He was quite alone…resting there.     Of course, although it had nothing to do with the large tapestry that had lots of people animals, etc. and this was just a tiny bird in the border, I got to thinking about the bird’s “story”.   

Perhaps, he had been a pet who had flown away from his home after his elderly owner had passed away.   Many birds live a long time!

So…I decided that he had traveled until he found a garden in a small village that was just right for a new home!   The village residents named their Garden after him…loving and caring for him so that he could live out the rest of his life with them.   He is a happy bird…and his is a happy story!   🙂

When finished, this rug will hang in my entry as we go into Springtime and I change my cottage decorations after a strange Winter.   I think everyone is looking forward to Spring!!!

So here is Progress on Days 18-19…thank you for coming along on this rather “sporadic” journey with me!   I hope you are doing well and hooking away at something you love!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug 2017-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

Finally got away from background hooking (!!!) and was able to spend some time on more motifs!   Part of the time used on this rug is re-designing and changing things as I go!

Now you might think “She’s so scatterbrained” or “Perhaps her mind is actually going now!” or something else (!!!!)…but I really do have fun designing and adapting a design as I go.   It would be more difficult for me to draw out a design and follow it all the way to the finish without changes.  (Many of us change as we go!)    I say all the time that I like to be surprised when I come to the finish of a rug!   Only rarely do I complete a rug where I can see it in my mind and I follow that vision all the way!   🙂

So here is my Progress on Day 13…I also worked a little on a part of the rug that you can’t see yet.   But most of the time yesterday was spent on the motifs and, as you can see, I will be filling in background again today!!!!!!

Hooray!   Our snow is almost all melted…and life is moving along again outside my house!   Thank goodness I have had rug hooking, reading and old Perry Mason DVD’s (!!!) to keep me company during these last 2 weeks!   And now that we have very little snow, my snow shovel arrived today!!!!   I have a feeling we are going to have an “interesting” year!

Here is Progress on Day 13…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 9

Quick post today…must go shopping for a few ingredients to make a Pumpkin-Pecan crunch cake for the Thanksgiving celebration!

I certainly am thankful for all of you who go along with me on these hooking adventures!!!   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 9…I am working on two other areas of the rug, some in the center and some in the upper left of the design.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 6

I am really having fun with this rug…and I am using up a lot of leftovers too!!!   🙂

As you know, I don’t colour-plan rugs in advance…just choose the background colour (or decide if background will be dark or light…!) and then choose a colour or two that I would like to use.   The rest of the time, I just choose leftovers or new wools that will go with what I have already hooked.    I know this sounds goofy to many rug hookers…but I am a bit goofy, you know!!!!   So I am behaving true to form!!!!   🙂

I loved hooking with these calm and soft colours today.   So here is Progress on Day 6…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 5

Quick post …I did have fun as I decided to use up more leftovers and hook across the bottom of the rug today!   🙂

As you know, I do hook background as I go along too…not waiting until the motifs are all finished…hooking just background is not my favourite thing!!!!!

There are 2 pictures of the bottom of the rug as it is too wide to fit on here without making the picture too small.   And I am also posting the photo that I was going to do for today …until I got hooking my leftovers along that rug bottom (about 22-23 inches wide).

So here is Progress on Day 5…first, the photo for today: and then the 2 photos of the bottom of the rug using up leftovers!!!!   I had a lot of blues woolworms after doing my mermaid rug!!!!   🙂


I am not sure why I added these two “characters” to hold my initials but it just seemed the right thing to do!!!!   I often don’t have any reason for doing a particular motif…it all depends how I feel that day and if I want to use up leftovers.

Here below are the 2 photos of the bottom of the rug…I bought a bag of “odds and ends” of wool and used some of it for the narrow dark border.

Here is Progress on the bottom of the rug for Day 5…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 2

Here we go on Day 2…!

I am doing some experimenting with hooking other things into this piece, different fabrics besides wool and I’ll try out some gold or silver ribbon or cord to see if that looks good.   🙂

You might remember this piece I hooked many years ago when I led a “Seasons” challenge on RHDaily.   

The silver line around the blue wool on the neckline petals is silver cording…very narrow and flexible.   Since I was working in primitive colours and mostly in a #8 cut at the time, this rug was a departure for me in many ways.   I actually used a Dover picture of a vase of flowers, took off the top of the vase and drew an elf body.   Then I changed the legs of the vase to elf legs!   This one was really fun.



So here is Progress on Day 2 of the “FO”…I know these first pictures are really helpful for you to see what I am actually hooking!!!!!   🙂

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂