New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 13

I keep saying that this rug is such fun…but it is because I am trying something new…that combination of a bit of “realism” within a folk art design.   I need to do this because I want one of the motifs to have a “real” element to it…because it enhances my design and, hopefully!!!, captures the viewer’s attention.

It isn’t easy to combine “realism” with fantasy, at least for me, because I don’t do anything “realistic”.   I never hook a real landscape with sky and clouds the way they really look.   I don’t hook animals that look “real”…mine are simply my interpretation of real things.   You know what they are, but they are not realistic…!

Now any of us Could hook a photo of a child sitting by a river (realistically) and then have a cartoon character rowing by in a boat, etc.   But I am talking about Combining the realistic and the folk art in the same character or motif….!   Anyway, it is all great fun!   🙂   I hope all will become clear when you see the finished piece!

I’m not sure if I will succeed…but I am enjoying trying!!!   …lol…

So here is Progress on Day 13…the first blue fish asked for a companion…so, of course, I had to hook another fish..!   I was tempted to hook a red one for Dr. Seuss…” One fish, two fish, Red fish, Blue fish”…but red wouldn’t go with my other colour choices.   (I am hoping the mouse will be happy with his fish and bug friends and won’t ask for another mouse!!!!)

Happy Hooking…and I’m glad you are coming with me on this silly adventure!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-2016-“YMMFLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 17

Well, this has been  an interesting few days!!!!!   

We’ve seen a lot of political activity lately, plus natural disasters like fires in the West and flooding in areas farther east, the tragedy in Orlando and other areas of the world and now Britain’s exit from the EU.   Personally, I have been through a difficult experience with the plumbing company I hired to do some work for me on my home, updating some of my plumbing.  

Now my plumbing difficulty does not rise to the crisis level of the other world happenings (!!!!!) but I have to say that it was an exceedingly irritating experience.   Although the work was done well by the plumber and crew, the company office was terrible to deal with!   I have never dealt with a company of any sort whose communication and customer service was worse.   When I called to ask questions or try to find out when the inspections would be or when they would fill in the trench in my front lawn, I was either given a day to stay home and wait for the inspector or told that they would check and call me right back.   In both cases, the call did not come and/or the whole day was lost waiting for an inspector who did not come.   I would find later that the inspection was not even scheduled for that day.    This went on day after day.   One of my pet peeves (I have a few) is people who do not listen to what you are asking or saying before they start talking over you.   People in a business need to listen to the customer so that they know what is being said…!!!   You would think they would know that.   Thankfully, I am finished with them now and will not use them again.    😦   

Thank you for listening to me whine…I feel better now!   🙂

So…… while I was dealing with the incompetent and snotty plumbing office and watching all the news unfold on TV…I was also working on my rug!!!!   🙂

I told you that the top would be a bit tricky as I was not quite sure what I was going to do.   I had the idea but hadn’t gotten to the specifics yet.   Also, I was going to use a blue for the sky (sky above, water below) and thought that I could use some of the other blues used in the flowers and the fishpond.   I thought that would be best as I did not want the sky to stand out too much, just as I did not want the pond to be too dominant.

So I have hooked, pulled out and re-hooked parts of the sky with 4 of the wools I used in the pond and flowers.!!!!!!!   None of them looked right!     So…..I found a blue plaid that was not in the rest of the rug at all and was rather dull and it seems to work!   Hooray!!!


I am getting close to the finish line!   I said that this piece was part of a challenge on Rug Hooking Daily where we were to take a song or a character from a literary work, etc and interpret it in our own way.   Since I was doing an experiment with this rug anyway, it actually fit in with the title of a popular song from 1976 by Leo Sayer.   (YMMFLD)    The center figure is a Medieval illustration that I first saw many years ago in one of my Dover books.   As I’ve said, I am combining simple flowers often seen on bright Mexican, Czech and Italian pottery with the Medieval figure and adding Ancient Art used to illustrate the sky above and the earth and water below.   I thought this combination would work well with the plaid I had chosen for the background.


I should be finished with the piece in a couple of days and I really have enjoyed it a lot (except for the pulling out..!)   So here is Progress on Day 17.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


New Mystery Rug-2016- “FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 15

Hooray…I finally got the pond and second fish finished after about 6 hours of hooking!!!!!   Whew!     🙂

But I am happy with my choices of blues for that pond.   As I said, the blues could be overwhelming so I tried to keep to the dyed lighter blue for the top part and a couple of blues for the pond bottom.   I stuck in a few strips of the “flower blues” and put a few lighter strips in under the fish for just a little highlight.

The bottom part of the rug is finished so I will go up the right side now and fill in little parts of the center as I go.   You will notice that the right side flowers are larger and fewer than on the left side…I am experimenting.   And…because I can’t leave anything alone (!!!!!) I made one large flower with 6 petals instead of five!   Remember, I am always asking myself…”What if I do this or do that…I wonder what that would look like.”

I am thinking now about the top of the rug.   Both the top and bottom are motifs that are found in ancient and modern folk art and I am trying to think about an unusual and interesting way to finish the top.   However, just as in other parts of the rug, it can’t be Too interesting or it will take away from the center motifs!!!!!!!   (Yeeeeks!)

I also am happy with the fish.   I think they are colourful without being “standouts”…and I used the tail pink wool in a couple of dots in other parts of the rug.

So here is Progress on Day 15…I am making good time but that is a Lot of background as well as fairly large motifs to hook.   Hope you are doing well and enjoying whatever brings you happiness and serenity too.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂




New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

I’ve had quite a bit of time this afternoon to hook but I have mostly been filling in background and more pond water!!!!!   🙂

However, I did get some leaves done and added my initials as vines on the lower right center of the rug.   I have been trying to place my initials on my rugs in different, fun ways and I find it very satisfying!!!!   I used to either just put information on the rug back or place my initials in the lower right or left…but it seemed to me that I should be more creative!!!   After all, I spend a lot of time experimenting and finding different things to hook that are not like other rugs being hooked today…so why not carry that difference over into my initials.

So here is Progress on Day 13…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂 


New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 12

Quick post today!   I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my rug for this post but I try to get in at least a half hour or hour of hooking each day.   🙂

 I know that on Rug Hooking Daily, there is a Group called the Ten Minute Rug Hookers who try to hook at least 10 minutes every day!!!   I know I have just been able to sit down for a few minutes of hooking on days when I am really busy…but I usually have a couple of hours to hook on most days.

Hopefully, with the cool weather, I can get a bit more gardening done and then zip (or hobble!!!) inside for some quiet hooking time.

So here is Progress on Day 12…not a lot of help to you (!!!) but I did finish up the lower left corner of background and then another flower in a different area of the rug!!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂




New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11

(Before I start today’s post I have to say that my heart is so sad today for all those families dealing with another act of violence and hate in our country.   I have friends and family members from many different backgrounds and beliefs and I treasure them all.)


I have come to another tricky part of this rug!   The blue wools at the bottom of the rug need to anchor the space but not compete so much with the blue flowers that they take attention away from them.  The center design, the blue flowers and background in the center area of the rug need to be the first focus…the top and bottom of the rug need to be strong but not too “showy”.

This means that I have to test blues as some wools look fine until they are hooked…then they don’t look right when I stand back and look at the whole rug design.   I was going to use several wools in a curvy pattern for the pond ripples but found out that it was just too much contrast.   So I am using 2 wools-one mottled wool for the top and a little darker, less mottled one for the rug bottom.  

The fraktur-style fish are tricky too as they need to stand out a bit from the water but not draw undue attention to themselves!!!!!   These decisions are what makes rug hooking such fun for me!!!!!   I never know just how my finished rug will look…and each one is a surprise because I don’t colour-plan my rugs in advance.   I’ve said before that I pick out a couple of colours I like and decide on either a dark or a light background.   For this rug, I could have chosen any cream/tan plaid that was rather subdued but I wanted to try out this plaid.   So I designed my rug to go on this background.

I want to show you what I mean about a colour standing out a little too much.   When I first hooked this fish Head, I used a lavender wool that looked fine in the light of my studio room.   However, when I took a photo of the “in-progress” rug and placed that photo on my computer desktop background, the lavender looked much brighter!!!!    Looking at the whole rug, I felt that the head stood out too much…so I took it out and rehooked it with other wools.   Here is a photo of the two fish…



Now you might think that the fish Tail is too bright (if I am going to be picky!!!!!!!)…but I am keeping that in until I get more hooking done.   It may work, it may not…but I will wait to see until later.   🙂

I do recommend that, if colour is important to you, that you take photos and put them on your computer as well as changing rooms to look at the work in a different light.       I know that helps me as I have a lot of glare in my hooking room.   I have not yet purchased blinds to adjust that glare so I deal with it by changing rooms and taking photos! 

I hope those of you who want to step out of your comfort zone for a bit won’t be afraid to try taking ideas and inspiration from a lot of different sources and gathering them together in a hooked piece!   It really is fun!!!!!       🙂       Maybe an art deco design with a Pennsylvania dutch fraktur, a tree from a vintage Christmas postcard and a bird drawing from an antique children’s book.   Or a motif from a carved wooden chest put together with a design from an antique sampler, a deer from an old tapestry, a little dog from a 17th century painting and an illustration from a vintage butterfly book.

I must stop with the suggestions…they are giving me too many ideas and I need to finish this rug!!!!!   …lol…

So here is Progress on day 11…I hope whatever you are hooking (or gardening or vacationing, etc.) is going well..!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂



New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 10

I often don’t post on the weekends but had to post today because I worked a couple of hours on this little section and I’m so happy it is finished!!!!!!!!!   Not terribly impressive, I agree…but using a #3 cut in a small area along with #5 & #6 can be a bit tedious!   I need to tidy it up a little but I’m glad it is done.   🙂




Also, I am starting to work on a section of the bottom part of this piece where the motifs are inspired by old fraktur images and they are an unusual part of this design.   Or maybe I should say “unexpected”…given the main part of the rug.   🙂

I decided to hook this design at the bottom because it goes along with my little story.   It shows how we can make a misstep when we are mesmerized by something in the distance and are not paying attention to what we are doing!!!!

So I do have some Progress on Day 10…and I’m having a good time!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂