Since I do a lot of “Mystery Rugs” on this blog, I thought I might start posting on a new Blog about smaller items like pillows, chairpads, etc. along with ideas and techniques that have helped me when I was a beginning rug hooker. Would love to have you visit…and happy too have you comment too! 🙂
I also thought I might try hooking a small rug or design where you can actually see what I am doing (!!!) 🙂 I did this many years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.
A “mystery” rug is, of course, a mystery so you can’t see the design as I hook it. But I thought I might enjoy showing some experiments and , perhaps, changes that I make to the pieces…and that could be on the “sister” Blog.
Also, I have a Blog that I did a very long time ago when I hardly knew what I was doing. I will try to take some of the content from that blog that hasn’t been used for a very long time. It might be helpful to someone…and the work was more primitive too.
The link is on the “Links” list (BLOGROLL) to the right…AA “Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking”
Hope you are staying either cool or warm this Summertime. I am ready for the hot weather to be over!!!! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Original designs in hand- hooked rugs based upon old frakturs and samplers. …unfinished-B for Bountiful Harvest rug (c) Sunnie Andress 2008
I am starting a series of original rugs based upon old Frakturs and Samplers…starting with A and making a rug for each letter of the alphabet! This one is B – for Bountiful Harvest – and is already sold when it is finished.
Each rug features a shepherdess and her sheep in some way as the old samplers, especially, have so many designs with this theme. I don’t copy the old ones exactly but try to draw similar designs using them in new ways. It is great fun although I might be a little insane to do this!!!! LOL
As you can see, I had thought to do a scallop in the border but when I hooked a little of it and stood back to look at the whole rug, I decided that a plain border framed the interior design more softly and it was more pleasing to me! : )
However, I have completed the first rug – A is for Autumn Meadows…and it was shown at the Green Mountain Rug Guild’s November show (2007) at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. I will photograph the rug and put it in another post! I really love doing these. The next one I’ll work on will be “M is for Market Day” and I already have the design for it drawn out! Can’t wait to start but I have other things to finish first!!! : )
I have another pad to do in this four chairpad group using similar colours and the chicken-bird themes! Whimsy! LOL
Above is “Chickens Chatting”!
Above is another in this group… Primitive Chicken and Stars!
This is the finished hooking of the chairpad “Birds and Bonnets” in “Birdbrain” below!! : )
I am doing a series of different funny chairpads and this is one of the “bird” or “chicken” pieces. It’s fun to combine bright and more primitive colours and just enjoy the whimsical hooking!!! (“Birds & Bonnets” chairpad (c) Sunnie Andress 2008)
As I’ve said before, I really love having fun with colour and design and not being too serious! Probably my wacky personality coming through! LOL
It’s beautiful in the northeast kingdom this morning! Brilliant sunshine and shadow here at Old Crow Farm! I am cleaning and organizing my rug hooking studio and getting in a bit of hooking here and there too. I can’t believe all the “stuff” that seems to accumulate, even when I am giving lots (of things I won’t need) away to those who can use them and to Goodwill, etc. It seems the more I give away, the more I have!!!! LOL Do you have that problem? Any “organizing” suggestions out there?
When I see artists or craftspeople who have lovely, organized studios I wish mine was more like that!!! But since I am in a converted attic in a little old farmhouse, with sloping ceilings and not much usable wall space…I’m just thankful that I have a place to work, even with the limitations!!!!! : ) At least I can leave things out and just pull the curtain across the doorway so the mess isn’t seen! I’m really very fortunate! : )
A beautiful, snowy morning in Vermont! Just magical and so peaceful.
I really love this kind of snow…the big flakes swirling softly down to the ground!
This is one of my favourite Santas. After he was done, I just couldn’t sell him!
I have several Santas and figures that I didn’t want to part with, so they’ve become part of my home collection.
Still Life with Zinnias -(c) S. Andress 2008
I’m really having fun with these chair pads…very freeing exercise to just draw on the backing and start hooking with no “transferring patterns” or colour-planning!!!! It makes a change from working on my larger rugs and I find it is very relaxing. (Of course, they finish up fast too and can be taken in the car with a small “sit-upon” or lap frame to work on!) : ) Hook On!
I love to make what might be called “Memory Rugs”. These are rugs that evoke memories of my childhood or what I imagine women of the past might be feeling as they make their rugs or quilts or other decorative or functional items for their homes. This rug, “Granny’s Old Blue Vase”, was designed because I remembered that my Grandmothers, Aunts and my Mom all seemed to have an old homely blue vase in their collections. Everyone used them for flower arrangements because they were such a good size! After I hooked the main part of the rug and was deciding on a border (I don’t plan out all my rugs in advance!!!!) I suddenly remembered the knitted and crocheted afghans that all those ladies had draped over their sofas and chairs during that period of time! I decided to make the border look like those ripple afghans!!! It was such fun and I thought about all the women in my family and their creative work for their homes and families. And I smiled a lot!!! LOL
This Country Farmhouse rug below was made for my own home. Because we live in the country, I wanted a dark colour for my rug as we walk over it every day and can’t take off our shoes each time we come in!
As I designed and hooked it, I was thinking about a country woman of the past who was making a rug using wool from old and worn clothes. I thought about the brown from old pants and knickers she’d saved and, perhaps, some dark burgundy from an old skirt of her own. How happy she would be if a friend or her mother or sister came by with a basket of wool scraps of other colours so that she could make a happy pattern on the rug instead of plain brown and burgundy! : ) As I thought about this, I was so thankful for the wonderful selection of wools and fabrics that we have today.
As the pieces above show, we can design a rug around a story or memory and enjoy the entire process as we hook! Added to the fun of doing these rugs were the memories they evoked while I was hooking them. I know many rug hookers create rugs that celebrate the lives of friends or family or depict special moments or events. I enjoy doing that and I hope you do too! : )