New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 9

Things are coming together on Day 9…and I’m having fun choosing wools to go with what I have already done.   Also, thinking through possible problems and deciding how I’ll handle them!   🙂

This first little photo shows a problem I have with stems and leaves!  

Since the brown plaid background is more of a “medium” value, I had been using darker green stems on flowers to show up against the background.   However, I needed to use lighter green stems to show up against the figure’s clothing!!!!!  

So I decided to keep the lighter wool because it is More important to me to have the curves of the stems show up against the figure than to have them show up against the background.  I tried adding some dark tiny pieces in the leaves to see if that helps or is just “distracting”!!!    (I can always take them out.)

We will see when the rug is finished if I made the right choice for stems!!!!

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..I could have Outlined the stems and leaves that go into the background…but I ask myself if the stems and leaves are the main focus of the rug design!!!!!!!!!   Of course they are Not…!!!    …lol…   So we’ll wait until the rug is close to the finish to see if these areas of stems and leaves ruin the whole rug being light and not dark!!!!!!

So here is Progress on Day 9…   I had not decided what colour I would use for the underneath garment on the figure…so I rummaged through my “small strips” wool and pinned them up to see what would work.   I chose this plaid as it kept the “dark” look of the entire garment but had enough contrast with the “outer robe”.   And it had that green stripe.   I learn a lot by these experiments!!!!!!!    🙂

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 7 and 8

I finally got time to hook more on motifs than just on background!!!!!   🙂

Since I didn’t think a nice picture just showing sections of background would be that interesting to you (!!!!!)…here is a better picture of my Progress on Days 7 and 8.

The idea for this rug started with a little drawing in the border of a manuscript from the 10-12th century and it isn’t even adapted into the rug!   But, like many of my rugs, it started a thought process that led to my design.  

I often am drawn to shapes too…I’ve said that before!   🙂   Sometimes it is just a shape that “speaks” to me…such as the shape of the bottom of a robe, the shape of an arm, or the angle of a neck and head…human or otherwise.   Often, I don’t  even use that actual motif but draw my own design using that shape.   Or it is a colour that I see…I am wondering right now about using a pale-ish green (maybe chartreuse!!!) for a background someday!   Who knows!     …lol…

Anyway…I am off to do more organizing, decorating and hooking today so here is the Progress photo!   Happy Hooking and I hope you all have a very pleasant day today!!!   Sunnie   🙂



New 2017 Mystery Rug-A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 4

More experiments on Day 4…!   🙂

I am trying out a blue for a tiny flower.   In the photo, it looks brighter because of the flash…but “in person” it very slightly sinks into the background.   This is what I want it to do…be bright but not too bright.

I could make it stand out more if I outlined it, but that would place too much importance on it and several other tiny flowers that I have yet to hook!   Of course, we always have to decide what we want to focus on and what motifs we want to have in the design but not “take over”!!!!!   …lol…

When I have more of the rug hooked, I will be able to tell if I need to change the blue flowers…they may be too bright.   However, I love this blue and want to use it…so I am hoping that my experiment with the bright pinks in the larger flowers will be successful in handling this blue!

So here is Progress on Day 4…Happy Hooking!   And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!   Sunnie   🙂


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“WTTPG”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 4

I am hooking along on this rug and am excited about how it is coming together.   As I’ve said, the experimentation with colour…and how one colour looks beside another…is one of my greatest joys when hooking!

I am also starting a piece for  a “De-worming Challenge” (where we use up letover woolworms, noodles, etc.-whatever we call them!) on Rug Hooking Daily …and will start another piece for a Halloween pillow next week or so!   They are all completely different…so I will have something to hook on for any mood I might have!!!!!!    …lol…    

For the “Inside, Outside, All Around the Town” Challenge (leftovers in the center with a new wool border OR new wool in the center design with a leftovers border OR an Allover design with all leftovers) , I am hooking a chairpad I designed many years ago but never hooked.   I was going to make it  an “Allover” design but decided it would be an “Inside” instead.   🙂   The design is something you would find inside a home…and the second piece (for the Challenge) I thought about yesterday actually is an “Outside” design…!   I hadn’t realized I was choosing my pieces that way!

Doing smaller pieces means that I can meet the March 31 deadline!!!   Hooray!   I might even get three done…we’ll see.   🙂

Well enough of all that…!   This Mystery rug is such fun to work on that I have to stop and do the cleaning and organizing I am doing in my home for the New Year!   I work on house stuff for a while and then hook for a while!   Would you believe that I am actually getting things done?

Here is Progress on Day 4…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂




Mystery Rug-Nov 2016-“Fish And Owl Arrive With The Leaves At The Trumpet’s Call”/Sunnie/rug hooking/Finished

Well…this week did not go exactly as I planned (!!!!) but I am finally back to my hooking!   🙂

This would be Days 13-14 and I was so close to finishing that I thought I’d do the last border part and show the entire rug today!

I don’t usually share my political views or my pet “peeves” here since this is a rug hooking Blog (!!!)…however, I do have an opinion on this subject and when I designed this piece, I chose to make it a symbol of one of my concerns.   Of course,  it can simply be a hooked rug!!!!!   …lol…


This is a design symbolic of our world and the responsibilities to care for it.   The 10th century Angel figure calls us to account with the sound of the trumpet.

As you can see, the fish (water), owl (air), leaves and plants (earth) have arrived right away.   However the total human race has not responded….with only the hand showing up representing the people who not only show us by the way they live their lives but also work tirelessly to remind us of the part we humans play in the care of our world.

I am always amazed at those who feel that we can exploit our planet for short-term gain as long as there is money in it.   If the soil, the water or the air is polluted by their labours, they feel it is alright if it is not in their own back yard.   Common sense tells us that if we continually  make our world a gigantic garbage dump, there will be a price to pay.   

My oldest daughter has always loved the saying, “If we all swept in front of our own doors, the whole world would be clean.”   🙂     

This is a whimsical piece too, not only a serious symbolic one but a funny one!!!   When I first saw the Angel illustrations from that 10th century illuminated manuscript, I had to laugh.   The costumes made me think of the “spare tires” that we complain about when we gain weight…!   I know these are draping folds in a costume but it just struck me funny.

The pictures I saw were in colours of green, orange, blue and yellow…quite bright.   And I have adapted the figure so it is not exactly as the original illustration shows…after all I am not doing a reproduction.   I also saw fun in the owl figure from the 1500’s since the owl is sitting on a very slender  stem that certainly would not hold his weight.   And the Celtic fish is up where the air would  normally be…although the scallops around three sides can be either waves or clouds!   After all…this is an experiment…!!!   

I‘ve had a great time hooking this and also had time to think about the serious side of the piece.   I try to do my part with recycling and caring for my own little place, but I look at my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wonder what kind of world we are passing along to them.

So here is the Finished Rug…right off the frame!!!!   Thank you for visiting  and coming along on this adventure…I appreciate you all…!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



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

Hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one!   We enjoyed some good family time!   🙂

I had some hooking hours yesterday so I am continuing to work on the right side of my rug.   Even though there is not a great deal of background (so many motifs!!!!!!)…it always  seems to take a lot of  wool…!!!   I talk a lot about making sure that I not only have a more than enough of my main background wool but also that I have several “blending wools” in case I goof up in my assessment…!    So…  I am never worried about having enough background wool to complete any project I do.

I love how these colours are working out…some that stand out and some that blend more into the background.   It is great to use up some blue leftover woolworms too… and I like the added touch the scallops give along the bottom and the right side of the rug.   This blue plaid for the main background is very pleasing to me…it is right from the mill with no overdye necessary!

A bit of yarn is hooked into this one and also a bit of cotton fabric for a few accents.   I rarely use anything but 100% wool…but I am branching out as I do more “collage-style” experimental pieces!

So here is Progress on Day 10…I am actually going along quite quickly on this piece and it would be nice to have it finished by the end of November!   We’ll see if I make that “finish” line.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂



New Mystery Rug-“FO”-Nov 2016-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 9

Quick post today…must go shopping for a few ingredients to make a Pumpkin-Pecan crunch cake for the Thanksgiving celebration!

I certainly am thankful for all of you who go along with me on these hooking adventures!!!   🙂

So here is Progress on Day 9…I am working on two other areas of the rug, some in the center and some in the upper left of the design.   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂