Unfinished Hooked Rug-“The Little Gardener”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art

 

UFO…from 12 years ago!!!!!!   🙂

Recovering from a little surgery yesterday so I am resting and not hooking for a few days.   However, I was doing a bit of sorting last week and came up with a piece that I had started hooking on Monk’s cloth about 12 years ago.

This piece is called “The Little Gardener”…and although I don’t remember what “design vibes” were going through my mind back then, I know I was enjoying the hooking!!!!!   🙂

It is a combination of several things from Dover books and, when I drew out the design,  I remember thinking that I would do it in “sweet” pastel colours.   But for some reason (back then), I changed my mind as the little picture of the start of the piece has deeper colours.    I will carry on with those colours and see what I have in my stash that will go with what is already done!!!!!   

Hooking on monk’s cloth again will be different too…but I enjoyed it back then and will probably enjoy it once again!!!

Here is the picture of what was hooked about 12 years ago…I had a few strips of the original colours that were with the pattern…but will have to improvise on the rest of the rug.   Hope you are all doing well…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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Crazy Couple of Months!!!!-Father Christmas in progress-rug hooking-hooked rugs-Sunnie-folk art

Sorry to have been away so long!!!!!!

I can’t believe I have been so busy in March and April…!   Very unusual for me to live such a “hectic” life!!!!   🙂

However, I did have a great time at Rockaway Beach, Oregon at Rug Camp the first week in April and learned a lot from my teacher, Laura Pierce!!!

I had decided to do the head and shoulders of a Santa (more like a Father Christmas-not the “jolly” guy) and had hooked the right side of the rug  before camp…with the blue, gray and off-white plaid for the sky and the reds for his coat.   

Since I wanted him to be “different” (like Mr. Morty!!!), I decided that his Grandma had knitted a scarf for him (!) and he is wearing that around his neck instead of the traditional fur.   This Santa is adapted from an old postcard that shows a full Santa figure sporting lots of fur with a large bag of toys, etc.   However, I wanted to focus on what was really important…and I narrowed it down to a head-and-shoulders portrait.

Since Laura does wonderful portraits herself, I wanted help with the face and beard to have him look realistic.   As you know, realism is not my “thing”…so I knew this would be difficult.   It took me all week to do the face and beard and start the hat...but I learned a lot and am very happy with the rug so far!   I wanted him to be quite serious but not look too stern or have a mean expression!!!   …lol…  ( Some of the Father Christmas illustrations look rather severe!)

It is about 22 x 22 inches and uses mostly #5 and #6 cuts and here is Progress so far…..

                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you are all well and enjoying life…we are having a roller-coaster Spring with rain one day, cold the next, sunshine and warm temps and rain+cold again…who knows!!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂 

New Mystery Rug coming soon!-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-designs in progress!!!!! :)

Can’t believe it is almost March…the time just flies by when you are having fun!!!! 

 I’m getting my home decorations, etc. ready for Springtime and that means putting away the deeper colours and getting out the lighter, more “Springtime” colours.   Home decor is fun too and I always enjoy decorating for the Seasons.   🙂

I am busy steaming and getting ready to edge-finish my Cat rug and enjoying it myself!!!   …I feel greatly blessed to be able to enjoy such a fun art-craft…one that gives me great pleasure!!!   🙂   I hope you all have something that brings you fun and enjoyment too!!!

I am working on several designs that I’d like to do but haven’t settled on one quite yet.   But even the design process and the “thinking” is a pleasure.   So many ideas to explore. 

 I haven’t done a “Creative Cutting” rug for a long time…this one was a hoot to design and hook.   I just cut different shapes out of copy paper and arranged them on rug backing to see if a design would emerge.   Some of the paper pieces reminded me of vegetables and leaves…and “Dancing At The Vegeta Ball…” was born!!!!   This method really tests your creativity as there isn’t much to start with except shapes.   But if you are experimenting…it is really fun to do!!!   (Also, I love plays on words…so this one did that too!)

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Often, I try something quite different after working on a rug with a very distinctive style…so we’ll see.   However, the freestyle folkart rug is always a favourite of mine so I don’t know if I can resist doing one!!!   

Hope you are having a lovely day…I will keep working for a few days (and resting after that marathon of hooking too!!!!!)   …lol…   and then get started on the next adventure.   

Often, I find a colour that I want to use and that dictates the flavour of my design.   I have a lot of the darker plaid wools from my “primitive” hooking days…but I might be looking to lighten up for Spring!

I also have a Chairpad Challenge on Rug Hooking Daily…and a “Soul Selfie” Challenge there too.   So I’ll be busy…but happy too.

 

Happy Hooking…see you soon, Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 8

Quick post today…….Hooray!   I was able to do quite a bit of hooking over the weekend…!   🙂

However, about 4 hours of that was on a part of a motif that is about 6 inches square!!!!!!!   …lol…   and that you can’t see yet.   That’s what happens when I use a #3 and #4 cut.   🙂

I did get some more background and Sunflower hooking done as well as part of a fish.   I know you were just waiting for me to hook a fish…yes?   So I am!!!!!   I decided not to do the fish scales as they were just distracting…so I am hooking a couple of mottled blues on this fish.   I am not sure why the fish is grinning…maybe he knows something we don’t…!

Another of my experiments is with realism and with fanciful motifs.   It is combining a bit of realistic presentation within a fanciful design.   It might just be a so-so experiment…but I am having fun with it.   It just takes me longer to do something with which I am not familiar!   (And those tiny strips can drive me nutty if they shred…!!!!!)

So here we go with Progress on Day 8…hope you are all having fun with your rug hooking or whatever in the world you are doing today!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

I was able to get more hooking done over the weekend…Hooray!!!   🙂

Trying out an idea that pops into my head is often productive if I do it right away.   I might forget if I wait and miss something fun and/or useful…!   This black and white check (or rectangle!) idea has given me another experiment.   

The border has straight lines and is more  “ordered”.   The center is more chaotic with curving lines!   Even the unseen lettering is curving!   So I will assess the rug design as I go along to see if the “order surrounding disorder” (!)  experiment works for me.   🙂

This photo shows the black and white border…

 

However, if I decide after doing more of the rug that the black and white is just too much and takes away from the center design, I can do several things.

First, I can leave the black and take out the white, replacing it with the background plaid.   This would give a very dark and subtle frame to the piece and be quietly different from the center.

Or…I could replace the white with another colour.   I tried a few pieces of wool that would pick up the rusts in the sunflower and the “flower” under the blue bird…and I like that idea.   Or, I could choose another colour that would be better after more of the rug is hooked.

I might not have even thought of the “black and white or black and colour” checks (rectangles!) at the end of hooking the rug…  so I like to try odd ideas right when they happen!!!!   …lol…

Here is Day 5 Progress with the white border parts covered with “rusts”!   It might be a subtle border that just adds a bit of softer colour.   We shall see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is my Day 5 Progress on the rug right side.   You can’t see much because of covering the lettering (!!!) but at least the top of the rug center is finished…!     Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

 

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

As you know, I do try to explain why I do some things (if I know why!!!!!) but sometimes things just pop into my head!   …lol…

Today, I was working on more background at the top of the rug and, as usual, pinned it to my display board to sit back and look at it while having lunch.   I needed to replace the red spiral on the left side at the top because it “sunk into” the background too much.      (also it was a bit sparse!!!)   So you will notice it is now pink!!!   🙂

I have drawn a border around the rug and was just thinking I’d do a solid border or a papercutting simple border (2 colours) because there will be so much going on in this rug center!    I often talk about “focus” and I want the main motif of this rug to be the focus and the other things to capture attention to be secondary.   

Of course, because it does not make sense (!!!), I am waiting to get the top and part of the left side of the rug hooked Before I choose the colours for the main motif…!    This sounds like it is all backwards…why would anyone in her/his right mind wait to choose the main motif colours until part of the rug is already done and would be a real pain to change?????    Well…nobody probably would but since I don’t even pretend to be in my “right mind” (!!!) I can do that…!   🙂

I had an idea pop into my mind for a border and I have no idea if it will work or if it will prove to be a disaster!!!!   At lunch my “mind” said, “Why not a black and white check border?”

Now that type of border is very “attention-getting”.   It may prove to be absolutely Wrong for this rug…and take away the focus from the main motif!      But, as you know, I like the unexpected and I like to experiment…so I am going to hook that border across the top, at least part way, and see what happens! 

 By the way, when I do “checks” or “bars” of colour in a border, I don’t worry about them being the same size!!!   I don’t do geometrics…so I draw approximately what I want and I don’t worry if the measurements are “off” a bit.   In the rugs I do, it doesn’t matter!!!!!

Today’s post shows how I am starting the experiment…a bit of hooking and a bit of pinning colour in the proper “squares”…just to see what it looks like!    It is all great fun!!!   With the wool covering the lettering the rug looks very messy…but we’ll just put up with it for now!

So here is Progress on Day 4…I may be becoming more goofy since I have now passed the 75 year old mark (!!!!) so my experiments might turn out to be duds!!!    Aha…we shall see, won’t we!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂  

 

 

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 3

As you know, it is such fun to see a design begin to take shape and colours begin to work together!!!   🙂

I am showing the plaid in this first photo so you can see it better.   It is great for backgrounds!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a lot of this wool so I am not at all concerned about running out.   But as I have said before, I Always have blending wools chosen so that I don’t have to worry about running out of background…!!!!!   It is quite easy to have a peaceful time of rug hooking if we just plan ahead for any background problems instead of finding ourselves in a panic at the last minute!   (Yes, I DO have a blending wool for this rug too…even though I have enough of this plaid to do two (or more!)  rugs!!!!!!)   …lol…

So here is progress on Day 3…I love this design and although I will “tweak” things here and there as I work, I like the layout so far and I am almost finished with the lettering.   I am working on focus, balance, weight and colour blending…and I always learn something by all of my experimentation!!!   Have a great day and…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂