Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-mystery-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 8 Finished!

Lady Nesta’s hooked piece is FINISHED…!      🙂

………….Note:   After blogging here on WordPress since 2007, I will be taking a vacation from posting this summer…and will decide how I proceed in the future!      With so many blogs, classes, Facebook groups and forums available to rug hookers now, my blog is not as active now as it was in earlier years.   Back then, those of us doing original rugs, using different styles and experimenting were presenting some new ideas.   And that information helped others who wanted to try something new also.

I appreciate all of you who have traveled the adventures with me through the years…and I have enjoyed your comments.   It has been such fun for me… and I hope you have had fun too!    Hopefully, I have added some helpful information on rug hooking  by my experiments!    (and my mistakes too!!!)   …lol…

Lady Nesta’s hooked wall piece is a perfect place to stop as it is good for a chuckle…such a funny bird and her “gushing magazine article”!       Bill Murray recorded a goofy song in 1907…”Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Goodbye”…so Lady Nesta is my “swan song” for now.   We’ll see what the future brings!   

 I hope you have a wonderful day, wherever in the world you are!   I have enjoyed traveling this folk art road with you!    Happy Hooking…and creating art of many kinds!   Sunnie   🙂      



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.    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.

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

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 the awe-inspiring Lady Nesta.   (none of them grouse about the results!)

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.)

Special note:   Lady Birdie Featherbeek, Lady Nesta’s dazzling sister, was unable to attend the festivities due to a spot of molting.   She sent a short squawk on her Squwitterertz networking service sharing her disappointment.   (now let osprey for her full recovery)

(article from  MI RUFFLED FEATHERS magazine.. 2018- by Chirpy  Buzzard, intrepid reporter and wealthy young bird about town)

story (c) sunnie andress 2018







New Mystery Rug-RIAMOP-Oct 2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 1

Here we go again!!!! 

 I am starting the new Mystery rug today…and it does Not have a cottage in it…!!!   …lol…   I still have that design  on hold…but I wanted to do this one when it popped into my head as it uses some quieter colours.   I have used a lot of bold and bright colours on the last two rugs…so I wanted a change.

This will be fun and, in addition to my stash wools,  I am using some great new wools from Lois Summers of “Off the Cuff”  and Katie Knoelke of “Ewe 2 Colorworks”.   They both have beautiful hand dyed wools!

I know that these early pictures are soooo delightful (!!!) …lol… but at least you get to see some of the colours I am using.   I am also using many plaids and mottled hand-dyed wools in this one although they are the less intense colours (I think!!!)    (with me, you never know!!!)

So here is Day one of “RIAMOP”…hope you are all having fun today!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

(now that photo below… isn’t that just the most beautiful thing?????)   HA!


New Mystery Rug starting on September 5th!-TMAMOM-/Sunnie/rughooking/hooked rugs/folk art

I have been trying to decide which rug to do for my next Mystery Rug…and I think I’ve decided…!!!

I have several projects going but I think I’ll have the time now to start a new rug…and I’m excited to do it…!   Of course, there will be more experiments with design, with colour and with focus…but that is the way I like to work…!

This “TMAMOM”  rug will bring together many different elements so we will see if they work together in the final design.

If you like to experiment and/or like a “challenge”, I encourage you to try gathering motifs from several places and putting them together in a design.

For instance, you might try collecting an American folk art image from a Dover book, a free public domain image, part of a border from a medieval manuscript,  a landscape background idea from a European painter in the 1800’s and your own drawings and see what your imagination does with those things!!!!!!

If I don’t change my mind by next week (!!!), I will give you the list of things that I am bringing together for this piece.   Although it won’t be as large, there will be a touch of fantasy about it…like there was in the “Enigma” rug that I enjoyed so much!!!!

I hope you are safe if you are in the path of the wildfires in the West and if you are in the path of the “Harvey” storm.   It is heartbreaking for those who lose everything in just a minute of time.   I’ll see if I can help by contacting the Red Cross. website..I know they need donations.

Stay Safe…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-2017-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 6

Had a little time to hook yesterday and today…so here’s a quick post…!

Now that I have more pink in the rug, the bright blue of the flowers seems OK, at least for now.   We’ll see if it balances out when I get more done.   🙂    I have 2 more blue flowers to hook.     I can see more of the rug than you can…and from farther away so it is easier for me to judge my experiments and see if they seem to be working!!!!

We had cold and rain this morning, sunshine and warmer temps this afternoon and I just started outside and it is raining again!!!!!   …lol…

At least I know what is happening with my hooking!!!!!!

Here is Progress on Day 6…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug 2016- “FLD”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

I am really enjoying this rug and I love the “pebbly-look” background that the plaid gives.   I think it is really nice!  🙂

Since I am trying to use up woolworms and small wool pieces, I was concerned about having enough special blue for my flowers.  I decided to use 2 rows of the blue for my flower outline and then find another blue to fill in.   I am using a mix of yellows and oranges from small leftover wool pieces for the centers.  

As I work on this, I am remembering seeing some pottery with a bright yellow or red background and this type of blue flower painted on it.   I have also seen this type of background on frakturs, samplers and medieval book illustrations.   I think I am almost always influenced by folk art of the past as I design a rug…even if it just comes out of my own head…!!!!!   

I am also using a couple of blending wools for the outside background outline because I am not sure if I will have enough plaid to do the whole background.   However, with blending wools on hand, I can always adjust… so I never worry about having enough background wool.   If I am in a real bind, I can pull out the plaid around the motifs and outline the motifs with a blending wool   Then it looks like I planned it that way…and I can complete the background with the plaid strips.!   🙂

I can’t use this rug for Heidi’s challenge because it is a couple of inches too long!    36 ” for one side is the limit.   So I will think about another design if I want to do the challenge.  

So here is Progress on Day 3…I’m having fun!!!!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂




Mystery-“Sea Life Celebration :The Painted…”/Sunnie/rug hooking-Day 28

Good to be back hooking again with the little cooler weather!!!!!   I’m just Not a hot weather person!!!   …lol…

For today’s post, how about another little fish!!!  I am now balancing colours on the rug … choosing the wools based upon what I have already done and the look of the entire rug!   I’m very happy with the design so far and, as I keep saying (!!!!), working with all the blues has been delightful.   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 28…I am working in the last 1/6th of the rug now so I should be able to keep my goal of finishing it later this week.   (If “life” doesn’t intervene again!!!!!!)   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


Mystery-“Sea Life Celebration: The…”-Sunnie/rug hooking-Day 27

Not a great deal done for today’s post but I did redo one area, changing the purple to blue…and also filling in the last of the background around some of the motifs.   Every little bit helps me get closer to the finish!

Here is Progress on Day 27…I’m almost to the final 6th section!!!   Hooray!!!!!   🙂

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂