New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange Encounter On TTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 15

Oh No!!!   STILL working on more of this????????   …lol…

Remember, silliness takes time!!!   🙂   I promise that when I finish this part, I won’t be doing any more gray and white!!!!!!!

So here’s the scoop…This wall piece, 24 x 32 inches (not adding a border) was inspired by a small troll or gnome climbing up what looked like a beanstalk!  (in a medieval manuscript)

That got me thinking about climbing.   (however, I did not use that illustration in this piece)  

I saw an antique book cover with tulips and that book cover got me thinking about tulips and the houses in European villages with flowers all around their houses, window boxes, etc.

Then I was thinking about a design that might work and as I was looking through my books and online, I saw a very ethereal angel…very delicate and beautiful…but what jumped out at me was the Line of her head and neck!  But I didn’t want a beautiful angel…just the lines of her head and neck!!!!!      That got me thinking about misdirection and unintended consequences…and a funny idea popped into my mind…!

I looked for an idea to complete my “in my head” design and found just what I wanted for inspiration in an antique illustration…!

Now my final design doesn’t look much like the things that inspired me…(!!!!) but mixing them together and experimenting, I found the funny design I put on the backing!

So here is Progress on Day 15…getting closer to the finish…this has been great fun!!!!!!!   Happy Hooking,  Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-2017-“A Strange Encounter On TTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 14

Hooray!!!!!!…I was able to do more background and finish the top of the stem/vine over the weekend.   🙂

I am debating whether or not to add a border to this piece.   I really think it doesn’t need it but when it is finished, I’ll look carefully at it again!   Sometimes a piece just doesn’t seem to need a border…but, of course, a border can actually ADD importance to the center!!!!   Since this piece is “outdoors”, I think a border might give a feeling of “containment” and I’d rather have it open.   We’ll see!   (My “Enigma” rug below was an outside scene but I think the border added importance to the center designs)

Some of my experiments might seem goofy to everyone else…but I am actually learning things!!!!!    I am always thinking about what is important to Me in the design and hooking of my rug…and so I do break some “rules” from time to time!   🙂

As many of you know, my advice to new rug hookers is to listen and learn from all of your teachers…then do what you want to do!   Think both “inside” and “outside” the box.   Sometimes students are intimidated by wanting to do something that others think is “wrong” or advice is given to make their designs more “refined”, “usual” or “mainstream”.   If that is what you want to do…great…!   But what if you want to do wild and crazy things?????    …lol…

So here we go with Progress on Day 14!   I think I can finish this by the end of the week if “Life” doesn’t intervene!!!!  

Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange Encounter OTTB”.Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 12

It’s Tax time!!!!   Great fun…yes???   …lol…

I remember a  business student from college coming into the grocery store as Joe and I were just leaving.  (many years ago)     He was smiling and we asked him what was making him so happy!   He said, “It is tax season…I just Love working on taxes…it is so much fun!!!!!”   We laughed and said he might want to consider visiting his doctor!!!!!!    🙂

I have been working on background but I did manage to finish the odd motif in the corner and put in another tulip and another blue flower!!!!   (The tulip is not outlined)

This rug is about a couple of mistakes, and the results thereof…!    (I DO hope there are no mistakes on my tax return!!!) 

Progress on Day 12…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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   🙂