Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018-mystery-Sunnie/hooked rugs/rug hooking/folk art-Day 7

This rug is such fun!!!!    And…I hope to finish the hooking this week too!!!!!  

Of course you know that I am not Just having fun but my experiments are teaching me something too.   This rug is dealing with horizontal and vertical lines, strong and weak colours, a border only on the rug top, bright colour placement, outlines on some motifs and not on others, main motif focus and the effectiveness of presenting a theme to the viewer!     The funny twist of the plaids in the background (hooked vertically) looking like rain on the Garden Party just happened while experimenting with these wools.    

I had a great time yesterday gardening outside and resting inside while hooking Lady Nesta’s wing!   I thought about what a “high society” bird would ask for when she went to her “feather stylist” (!!!!!)   …lol… and this is the result…!   The new trend is colour and “bling”…so that is what she has!!!

The article continues…


“……….Lady Nesta’s feather stylist, Fowler Cheep, has arranged her fantastic feathers to perfection.   He has added several of the new tints and, of course, “wing bling” to add some sparkle and shine to her magnificent body.   Fowler has also persuaded Lady Nesta to visit his Spa where her remarkable legs show just a light tan over brown.   (Fowler is the son of that incredible stylist, Frank Lee Cheep of CHEEP, CHEEP & MOORE SALON and SPA, the destination of many celebrities and high flyers.)….(to be continued)


So here is Progress on Day 7…I thought about something rather flamboyant for her wing, found some of the “sparkle” blue wool in my leftovers and decided to try a kind of “peacock” look!!!!   …lol…   So this is the result.   Hope you are enjoying your day, wherever in the world you are!!! 

 Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-mystery rug-2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 6

Had fun over the weekend working outside and also taking a little time to hook on Lady Nesta!   🙂

(I chose a lot of my blues and decided to use several of them for some of the bird body feathers.   My husband and I loved bluebirds and this makes me laugh as I hook this large and rather ungainly looking bird in blue and think about the small and beautiful bluebirds that we had around our rural Vermont home.)   🙂

Although I do these funny rugs  because I love “plays on words” and silly situations, etc.  I also laugh at the goofy advertising we get sometimes and the gushing and often ridiculous articles in newspapers and magazines about celebrities !!!     (I showed you my medieval “denture” rug a few posts ago that I changed because of seeing one too many silly denture commercials!!!!)   

Now… Do you remember all of the focus on Pippa Middleton’s bottom during coverage of Catherine and Prince William’s royal wedding?    (when she was holding her sister’s train)   And women’s rush to have their “bottoms” plumped up or lifted, etc. to look like hers or those of their favourite stars?   Well, Lady Nesta’s admirers are following that same trend today!!!!!   …lol…

Lady Nesta Birdwhistle article continued:


“…Lady Nesta’s derriere is applauded and envied each time it is photographed!   Many upper class lady birds race to the Justa Swansong Clinic to have their posteriors “lifted” or “enhanced” after seeing photos of Lady Nesta.   (and none of them grouse about the results either!)….(to be continued)


So here is Progress on Day 6…if you had told me years ago that I would be posting pictures of a bird’s back end and writing an article about it, I would not have believed you!!!!!   …lol…   (or maybe I would…with me, you never know!)   🙂   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018 mystery-Sunnie/rug hooking/ hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

Outside gardening all day yesterday so did not make much progress on Lady Nesta!!!!!   🙂   

However, I have chosen some blues and greens plus whites and accents for her colours and am starting hooking her “feathers” with those…plus I hooked one of her “accessories”!!!!   …lol…

And we continue the article:


“…Looking gorgeous and impressive as always, Lady Nesta is wearing a breathtaking hat from that fabulous designer, Lotta Tweets.   She carries a magnificent fashion bag from that thrilling young bag creator, Iva Wing, whose work will certainly soar to new heights because of Lady Nesta’s patronage.”….(to be continued)


We’ll have to wait awhile to see the “breathtaking hat” and more of Lady Nesta…(she has a Lot of feathers being such a big bird!!!!!!)   (Trying out buttons, etc. for her “magnificent bag”!!!   …lol…)

So here is Progess on Day 5…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-Mystery 2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

Quick post today…Hooking-at-my-House day!!!   🙂

I find hooking the background in straight lines to be rather boring (!!!) but it adds another bit of silliness to the rug.   Remember when I said that the sky should be a beautiful blue…I decided to use the gray plaid because hooking it in straight vertical lines has the suggestion of rain…just what we Don’t Want on a Garden Party Day!!!!!   …lol…

The Lady Nesta article continues with paragraph 2:


“….With photographers and reporters flocking around her, she elegantly stepped across the deliciously rounded lawn towards the magnificent Vulture Gazebo…the center of the festivities.”………(to be continued)


Now we all will have to have our own vision of the “magnificent Vulture Gazebo” mentioned because it is not shown in this piece!   But I have a vision of it and it makes me smile every day!!!!!   🙂

Here is Day 4 Progress as I work my way from right to left across the rug…and I still haven’t chosen Lady Nesta’s colours (!!!) but I’ll have to start…maybe later today.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-new Mystery-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

This rug is such fun!!!!!   

I haven’t even decided on Lady Nesta’s colour yet…and she is the star of the show!!!!!!!    (of course, you are used to me doing things backwards or oddly so it won’t surprise you!!!!)       As you can see, I am working from the bottom of the rug to the top and from the right side to the left side!

This piece is approx 24 x 24 inches and done in #3, 4, 5 and 6 cuts.   I am deciding on colours as I go.

TA DA…Today, we start the news article for that delightful publication RUFFLED FEATHERS………… we go…shown below…..




“The radiant and glamorous Lady Nesta is all smiles as she is photographed arriving at the Round Robin Royal Garden Party  which was held last week.”………………….(to be continued)



And…here is today’s Progress.   Thank you for coming on this silly adventure with me!   Hopefully, a smile and a laugh is a nice part of any day since there are so many things that we cannot control!!!!!   

Happy Hooking…or whatever you are creating at the moment.   Sunnie   🙂 


Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018/Sunnie/hooked rugs/rug hooking/folkart-Day 2

Well I have gotten a bit more done on Lady Nesta!!!   I thought she needed flowers so I have started using small leftover pieces and leftover woolworms for that purpose!!

I decided to try an experiment with hooking the background in straight vertical lines.   Here are the two plaids I am using. 





 I had several odd pieces of these wools so decided to use them…trying to use up the plaid on the left and adding in only the lighter parts of the plaid on the right so that I am sure to have enough for the whole background…!    (I have said before that I Always have blending wools available to use in backgrounds as I don’t want to be bothered figuring out how much wool I need, etc.   If I have blending wools, I know I always have enough background wool so I don’t have to “worry”!) 

The gray background also adds a funny twist as it will be a little odd for this piece!   The sky Should be beautifully blue with, perhaps, a few light fluffy clouds!!!!    All will become clear later!!!!   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 2…












I am having fun and smiling at the silliness of it all…especially the funny “press release” which will start soon  (and the grumpy looking bird! )      

 Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-new/2018 mystery rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/Hooking Information

I appreciate your comments and am happy to answer any questions you have if I know the answers!!!!!!   …lol…   I’ll post “Lady Nesta’s” Day 2 progress later today!    🙂


Julia asked me about the “higgly piggly” hooking that I mentioned on yesterday’s post.   It is the section with the greens and yellows right under the bird feet.







I hooked the above “bird” section a bit differently…hooking more in lines because of the rounded shape of the motif…but below is a picture of the “real” higgly piggly hooking.   (From the “little gardener” rug.)   You can see the loops going in all directions!   (I left some little spaces and added the red in After the yellow and green was finished.)







Holding the two strips close together, you bring them up and pull them through together…hooking in different directions as you go along.








If one of the 2 strips ends up behind the other, you can just nudge the loop out with your hook and keep on going.

My normal hooking below.   I was taught to hook “neatly”…so I either hook in curving lines or straight lines, with neater loops going the same way for the most part.  So,  “higgly” was a “strange” technique for me…but I really like it for certain situations.   🙂   

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂