The Little Gardener rug continues-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 3

Quick post today…the experimentation is really fun on this rug…and I think I am blending the new colours into the older colour scheme so they look all right!

I have done more sky and more of the grass and flower bed hooking along with the 2 colour border that goes around the center scene.    The “flower bed” part was done using two #3 strips (green and yellow) hooked together in a “higgledy piggledy” way.   I love this and now will keep it in my mental list of hooking techniques to use whenever it is needed…!   (I added the little burgundy accents afterwards.)  

Also, I have worked on the burgundy skirt and think it blends in with the bodice and sleeve done so many years ago.   Wanted to try a shoe too (plus start the “path”)…and this is just what I wanted!!!! 

I may change the fencepost “bottoms”…they look a bit odd to me…we’ll see.  

I have no idea what wools I used then…probably used them up long ago!!!!!!!   🙂

So here we go…isn’t rug hooking fun?   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-2016-“FLD”/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 1

Here we go!!!!   However, you will not be surprised when I tell you that I changed my mind in the middle of preparing for the design so I am doing something different…!!!   🙂

This piece still has the medieval component to it but instead of being a  more traditional design I decided to do something “blended-with-a-bit-of-humor”!   As you know, I like to combine motifs and ideas from a lot of different sources.   This rug combines a medieval design with traces of vintage decorative painting, ethnic folk art, sampler designs and fraktur images.  

I wanted to use my newly purchased wool for the background but I thought I might also be able to use up more woolworms and small pieces of wool in the design.   I was thinking about Heidi’s challenge on Rug Hooking Daily and I might be able to do that with this piece but I’ll have to measure it to see if it falls within the size rules.   If I use enough leftover worms I might be able to use it for the “Rug Deworming Group” too!!!  

I’ve said many times before that I love to use plaids for backgrounds because of the “life” and/or “motion” they give to the piece.   This wool reminds me of the colours of pancakes and maple syrup (I must be thinking of Joe and Vermont…!) and I think it gives a more lively look than a solid background would.   Also, I think a solid background would be more “formal” and I want this rug to be happy and fun. 

I will take a picture of the plaid wool tomorrow and put it on the next post…as I want you to see it.   It is from “Heavens to Betsy” and is called “Milk and Honey”.   

I know you are always thrilled at the start of these rugs to see the great artistry that I put in at the beginning!!!!!!!   LOL   If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you.   So here we go on Day 1:

FLDDay1Happy Hooking!!!   Sunnie  🙂



“Sisters Are Blossoms In”….(SABI)Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking-Finished

Hooray…finally hooked all those flowers and all that background…!!!!!    I had fun with this rug and challenged myself to use up lots of leftover woolworms!!!!!   🙂

So here is the Finished Rug on Day 15…I have enhanced one of the photos so you can see it a bit better…but the rug is not bright but more “organic” and subdued in colour.   I have a “triangle” of brighter colour in the center with the yellow of the sisters’ hair and the black and white triangle at their waists.   I always try to use the brights in a rug of this kind so they will fit in with the duller more prim colours…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…!   But using leftovers, I did not have a lot of choice!

I love my sisters-in-law and my “wool sisters”, even though I don’t have a sister myself.   I wanted to try to see if I could do a rug or two featuring sisters for patterns…we’ll see if this one would be suitable.

I’ll rest for awhile and decide on my next rug design…I have several in my head but getting them on the backing is the first step…and I’m still sewing curtains and organizing my cottage rooms!!

Here we go…Happy Hooking and thank you for coming on my latest adventure…Spring days and growing things are just around the corner!!!   Sunnie  🙂



New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 13

Hooray!!!!!   I am almost finished with this rug and it has been fun…but so many flowers!!!!!   There are 30 smaller flowers and I almost forgot the 2 tulips!!!!!

Now that I live in a cottage, I will be trying to have a “cottage garden”…and since I have seasonal allergies, it must be a garden that does not need a lot of work!!!!   But I want it to look nice…with a lot of pink, yellow and white!!!   (I was thinking of my friend, Julia, as I worked on this as she has so many beautiful flowers and plants at her home…just wonderful.   (see them at her blog “Of Petals and Wool”).

OF course, hooking a garden or hooking plants, trees and flowers does not trigger my allergies!!!!   So I am safe there!

Here’s a little more about the rug.   To remind you, it is 24 x 39 so it is not a little piece.   I said that I had been looking at antique rugs, antique samplers and painted Polish folk art in the way of “bride’s boxes”.   The padula flowers on each side of the rug are a favourite motif on samplers, rugs and even painted dower chests.   On the bride’s boxes, there is usually a center figure of a woman or of a couple.

I also wanted this rug to be a “scrappy” rug, using up leftover woolworms and little pieces in my stash.   I had a lot of more primitive colours and some brights leftover too.   Now was the hard part of my challenge…how to make something that looked nice but used up mostly leftovers.   I did use larger pieces of wool for the three-four backgrounds.   (I ran out of the middle background and had to improvise.)

I had been thinking about doing a rug celebrating sisters!   Now I do not have a sister (I do have a great brother)!  That is why I say that this rug does not apply to me…except that I have been blessed over the years with wonderful sister-in-laws!!!!   So I can claim the rug with sister-in-laws!   🙂

I wanted the rug to have an “organic” look, the gold and brown plaid background reminded me of the soil needed to grow plants and also those backgrounds could be tree trunks.   Even the containers that the flowers seem to be planted in reminded me of eggs, broken open with something living growing out of them.   The center area of black and white reminded me of native American weavings (and used up some space where I ran out of center background).   Also, the black and white drew more attention to the center where the focus of the rug is located.

I thought this anonymous saying about sisters was a great title for the rug and although blossoms, like sisters are not exactly alike (even twins seem to have some differences) they are beautiful just as they are!   This rug was sketched on the backing and is done in a naïve folk style, including the lettering which is not perfect.   I had fun working on this “SABI…..” challenge.


I believe I will have the whole rug finished by tomorrow!!!!!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂

New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 11&12

For the last couple of days I have been hooking more flowers and lots of light background…which takes a Lot of time!!!!!!!   🙂                    

 But I am now getting close to the final hooking area and finishing a couple more words so I hope to finish this rug in the next few days.   I have said that I am really enjoying the challenge of this piece, limiting myself to large pieces of wool only for the backgrounds and then searching for leftover woolworms and small pieces to do the motifs and the lettering.  

However, it is more time-consuming that I thought it would be because of the width of the leftovers I have!   Some of the strips are a #8 cut   (which I used quite a bit in years past) so I either have to hand-cut them narrower or search for #6 and below leftovers.   Also, the Townsend cutter that I have has the long cartridges, cutting 6 #6 strips at a time.

So here is Progress on Days 11 and 12…I am now starting on more dark background today…and more flowers!!!!!!!   At least you have figured out that this rug has something to do with gardens and flowers!!!   When I do the final showing of the words, you’ll understand what you will see in the body of the rug!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  🙂


New SABI Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 9

I think I spend more time looking through woolworms and scrounging for small pieces of wool than I do hooking on this piece!!!!!!   However, it is my own fault for trying to see if I can do a reasonable design with mostly leftovers!   🙂

When we see some quilts from the past, especially scrap quilts, we see many that are geometric and many that are just random shapes.   Those are often great for scrappy hooked rugs too.   But once in awhile, we find quilts and rugs from the past that are delightful in their “quirky” designs.   Those are the ones that draw my attention…and I wonder about the person(s) who made them.  

I love to look at the wonderful geometrics, but as I always say, I prefer not to do them!   I feel more constrained if I have to follow a shape or do too many similar motifs.   This rug does have a lot of the same motifs but since I sketched them on the backing, they are all a bit different…with some a bit lopsided, etc.   Rather “freewheeling”, I guess!!!!!!   So they just reflect how I am feeling when hooking on that particular day!   🙂

It isn’t that I like to be sloppy, but I do really enjoy not worrying about anything and not feeling that I have to have perfection or my work is not “good”.   If I enjoy it, that is my main objective.   🙂 

At least I have given you a bit more hints today!   I am also trying to combine softer more “primitive” colours with bright colours in a pleasing way.   Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…but I am trying to call attention to my main focus point with the colour changes (plus I am running out of some of my wool pieces as I work!)

So here is Progress on Day 9…it is true that if I had colour-planned this in the beginning, I would not be taking so much time hunting for wool shades that will “go” with what I have already done.   But I guess some of us just try to make things harder for ourselves!!!!!!    Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂



New SABI Mystery Rug-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 8



Finally got back to my hooking and did at least a little bit for today’s post…!   I am also working on some wording that you can’t see yet…but I did give you a photo of lettering so you can figure out just what this rug is!!!!!   (now when I tell you that, you know that what I am giving you is no help at all…!!!)   :)

Using mostly leftovers and small wool pieces is a bit different for me as I have to really sort through wools to find enough to do part of a motif or part of a background.   I have said before that I don’t worry about running out of wool because I always have more than enough blending wools to use if I need them.    However, on this rug, I want to try to use up small pieces so my backgrounds are emerging as different in various areas.   We’ll see if it works!!!!!!

I have lightened the photos so you can see the colours in the plaids.

So away we go for this morning’s post…if “Life” doesn’t intervene, I might have another photo later today…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂

Below is the extra picture for today!


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