Wishing Everyone a wonderful New Year! New rugs to hook in 2018!!! What fun!!!

Just wanted to stop by the blog and wish everyone a Happy New Year!   🙂

My life has been hectic since before Thanksgiving…but should settle down nicely in January!   Then I can get back to hooking!

Hope you are all healthy, happy and enjoying your Christmas and/or Holiday Treasures.   All is well with me here as I wait for my 11th great-grandchild to be born in January.

So…Happy New Year…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-RIAMOP-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 9-10

Visited the Doc yesterday and we think it may be allergy (not cold or flu)…but I’ll watch it this week!!!   🙂

I was able to hook a bit yesterday and a little this morning.   I am almost finished with the top of the piece but still have to hook a border there.   I am enjoying the colours…and the fun of illustrating a short poem or quiet thought…!!!!


Here is the first half of the free verse poem:

“In the rippling river of time, where moments disappear before we can touch them, stop!

Be still.

Open your eyes to the world around you…

…to be continued tomorrow.   🙂


Although I have done several “more quiet” types of rugs, I always enjoy them…especially after doing a bright Halloween rug or one with lots of motifs and patterns!   I like the contrast and, especially if I am feeling a bit “sicky” …lol…  a quiet rug is a pleasure to hook on!!!   🙂

So here is Progress on Days 9-10…I should get this rug finished this week!   Then, I have several more ideas to think about for the next rug!!!!! 

Hope everyone is staying warm (or cool) wherever you are and starting to prepare for the Autumn-Winter holidays!   I do miss Vermont ‘s Autumn colours and the winter snow…but I am blessed to live here where the winter weather is milder.   I wouldn’t be able to live alone in rural Vermont and cope with all the snow without Joe!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-RIAMOP-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Days 7-8

Well… with a rather strange week behind me and perhaps a cold coming on (Rats!!!!)…I was finally able to hook more and am almost finished with the left side of the rug!   Just a bit more to do today!   🙂

I am taking it easy…resting, drinking liquids, eating chicken soup, etc.  so if this is a cold, I can zap it soon!!!   The “bad news” on  Wednesday was all three of us at our Vancouver Hooking Group said that we had headaches when we awakened that morning!    Later on, my neighbor called and said she’d been sick with “something” that started out with a headache!   …lol…

The Good News on Wednesday was the birth of my 10th Great-Grandchild…!   Little Michael and Mom are doing great…!   🙂

So here is Progress on Days 7-8…I will now go back to resting, eating soup, drinking water, tea, juice, etc. and quietly hooking a bit more!!!!!   As luck would have it, I have a yearly “wellness” appointment with my doctor on Monday…lol…so that is good timing if I have more than just a mild cold coming on!!!!   Happy Hooking…and stay well, everyone!!!   Sunnie   🙂

Jesters Rug Re-Do…Sunnie/ rug hooking/hooked rugs/ folk art-Resizing older rug!

I am taking a quick break from the Mystery Rug this morning…I did some “pulling out loops” yesterday at our Vancouver Hooking Group!!!   🙂

You have seen this piece before…it used to be a larger rug that said

“Sunnie Andress

Vermont folk Artist”

…and I used it as a sign for my art/craft booth at the Vermont Hand Crafters Holiday show in Burlington, VT each November for several years.

Of course, now I no longer live in Vermont and I do not do my art and craft as a “business”…but I wanted to keep the top part of this piece because I love the colours and had great fun hooking the rug!   🙂

Soooo…I just cut the bottom part off, took out all the dk blue wool that was under the scalloped area and then rehooked the rug shorter.   I have just a little of the blue wool yet to hook and then I can finish it and whip the edges that need it.   When I finish all the “corrections” I can hang the rug up in my house and enjoy it!!!!!

I’ll be hooking on my Mystery Rug this afternoon!!!!!

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-RIAMOP-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 6

Hooray…I finally got some time to hook and get some more done on my rug!!!!   Also, heard from a good friend in Vermont…I used to hook with Pat and we had such fun with Brenda, Annette, Nancy and others too.   🙂

As you already know, I hook mostly in a folk art style, not realistic, but I want you to be able to recognize the motifs!!!!   When I am using leftovers a lot, I can come up with some strange combinations…but you are used to “strange” from me!!!!   …lol…   Sometimes I really like the odd colours… like several of these leaves.    After all, my trees come up with some odd colours too…all by themselves!

By the way,  if I start doing a lot of fine cut, shaded florals that look just like a photograph and are hooked in very large sizes,   I am probably losing my mind!!!!   Calling a doctor might be a good plan right  then!   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 6…I will probably put a bit of highlight on these apples but that can come later!!!     (No, this is not an “Adam and Eve in the garden rug!)    Although many years ago I was tempted (!!!) to do one like a design on an old sampler!!!  

I’m glad to have you with me on this adventure…I am enjoying it and having fun!   And that is what it is all about for me and I hope you have fun seeing it too!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug- “RIAMOP”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day4

I’m having a great time with this piece…and enjoying the colours!!!!

This rug/mat is a bit different from a lot of my work as it does not have a “story” as such, but does have a message!   🙂

I also have another one of this size designed and will work on that either after I get more done on this one or after this one is finished.   When I get excited about experimenting with colour, motifs, etc. I can’t wait to get started…!!!!   Rug hooking is such fun!!!

I’m so glad I belong to the “Great De-worming Marathon” Group on Rug Hooking Daily.   It has helped me use up some of what I have instead of always cutting more wool.   Also, sometimes just a touch of a different colour helps a motif stand out!

Of course, I want to have several small boxes of leftovers (!!!)…mine are sorted by colour...but not great bags of unused strips!!!!!

Here we go with Progress on Day 4…I have added some yellows (and some orange-rusts)  into the mix and used a lot of leftovers here. 

Thank you for coming on this adventure with me…I always enjoy hearing your comments!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-“RIAMOP”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 3

I could hardly wait to get more background hooked so I could see how it looked with my first colours!   I really like it…!!!   🙂

Here is Progress on Day 3…


I seem to be on a “Leaf motif” hooking  adventure lately!!!!!   Bright colours, green ones, etc.   Next thing you know I will be hooking a portrait of Leif Erikson (!!!!)…lol…the son of Eric the Red…!   Nothing like “plays on words” on a foggy morning!   🙂

———————————Of course, the artist, G. Arcimboldo, made people out  of vegetables and flowers, etc. (!)…so leaves would not be too far a stretch!!!!!   🙂

I think I find hooking leaves rather peaceful…I don’t know what that says about my state of mind, but at least that is good for my blood pressure!

I love Autumn and here is my front yard tree being gloriously gold…with the reflections in my windows!   Happy Autumn, everyone…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂