Well I have gotten a bit more done on Lady Nesta!!! I thought she needed flowers so I have started using small leftover pieces and leftover woolworms for that purpose!!
I decided to try an experiment with hooking the background in straight vertical lines. Here are the two plaids I am using.
I had several odd pieces of these wools so decided to use them…trying to use up the plaid on the left and adding in only the lighter parts of the plaid on the right so that I am sure to have enough for the whole background…! (I have said before that I Always have blending wools available to use in backgrounds as I don’t want to be bothered figuring out how much wool I need, etc. If I have blending wools, I know I always have enough background wool so I don’t have to “worry”!)
The gray background also adds a funny twist as it will be a little odd for this piece! The sky Should be beautifully blue with, perhaps, a few light fluffy clouds!!!! All will become clear later!!!! 🙂
So here is Progress on Day 2…
I am having fun and smiling at the silliness of it all…especially the funny “press release” which will start soon (and the grumpy looking bird! )
Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
UFO…from 12 years ago!!!!!! 🙂
Recovering from a little surgery yesterday so I am resting and not hooking for a few days. However, I was doing a bit of sorting last week and came up with a piece that I had started hooking on Monk’s cloth about 12 years ago.
This piece is called “The Little Gardener”…and although I don’t remember what “design vibes” were going through my mind back then, I know I was enjoying the hooking!!!!! 🙂
It is a combination of several things from Dover books and, when I drew out the design, I remember thinking that I would do it in “sweet” pastel colours. But for some reason (back then), I changed my mind as the little picture of the start of the piece has deeper colours. I will carry on with those colours and see what I have in my stash that will go with what is already done!!!!!
Hooking on monk’s cloth again will be different too…but I enjoyed it back then and will probably enjoy it once again!!!
Here is the picture of what was hooked about 12 years ago…I had a few strips of the original colours that were with the pattern…but will have to improvise on the rest of the rug. Hope you are all doing well…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
While I am resting, redecorating my little home for Spring and designing another Mystery Rug, I am working on pieces for a couple of Challenges on the forum Rug Hooking Daily.
By the way, if you are a person interested in rug hooking, joining Rug Hooking Daily is a great place for information, friendship and inspiration. There is no cost to join and you can get answers for almost all of your rug hooking questions!!!
The “Chairpad Challenge” is in our “GREAT DEWORMING” Group…one of many groups in RHDaily.
Since there are no “rules” for this Challenge…just that it be a chairpad…I thought about doing something for Spring. Maybe flowers or birds, etc.
BUT…my silly side just came out again while I was looking at a small piece of mottled lavender wool and the bags of my woolworms leftover from other projects…and lavender hair just popped into my head!!!!! …lol…
Perhaps remembering the scores of “old ladies” that I saw in my childhood (in the 1940’s) with lavender tints in their hair!!!!!! Now the purple hair is sported by the young and old alike!!!!
Anyway, I thought you might enjoy seeing the silly chairpad as it goes along!
Here we go…Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂
Can’t believe it is almost March…the time just flies by when you are having fun!!!!
I’m getting my home decorations, etc. ready for Springtime and that means putting away the deeper colours and getting out the lighter, more “Springtime” colours. Home decor is fun too and I always enjoy decorating for the Seasons. 🙂
I am busy steaming and getting ready to edge-finish my Cat rug and enjoying it myself!!! …I feel greatly blessed to be able to enjoy such a fun art-craft…one that gives me great pleasure!!! 🙂 I hope you all have something that brings you fun and enjoyment too!!!
I am working on several designs that I’d like to do but haven’t settled on one quite yet. But even the design process and the “thinking” is a pleasure. So many ideas to explore.
I haven’t done a “Creative Cutting” rug for a long time…this one was a hoot to design and hook. I just cut different shapes out of copy paper and arranged them on rug backing to see if a design would emerge. Some of the paper pieces reminded me of vegetables and leaves…and “Dancing At The Vegeta Ball…” was born!!!! This method really tests your creativity as there isn’t much to start with except shapes. But if you are experimenting…it is really fun to do!!! (Also, I love plays on words…so this one did that too!)
Often, I try something quite different after working on a rug with a very distinctive style…so we’ll see. However, the freestyle folkart rug is always a favourite of mine so I don’t know if I can resist doing one!!!
Hope you are having a lovely day…I will keep working for a few days (and resting after that marathon of hooking too!!!!!) …lol… and then get started on the next adventure.
Often, I find a colour that I want to use and that dictates the flavour of my design. I have a lot of the darker plaid wools from my “primitive” hooking days…but I might be looking to lighten up for Spring!
I also have a Chairpad Challenge on Rug Hooking Daily…and a “Soul Selfie” Challenge there too. So I’ll be busy…but happy too.
Happy Hooking…see you soon, Sunnie 🙂
I keep saying that this rug is such fun…but it is because I am trying something new…that combination of a bit of “realism” within a folk art design. I need to do this because I want one of the motifs to have a “real” element to it…because it enhances my design and, hopefully!!!, captures the viewer’s attention.
It isn’t easy to combine “realism” with fantasy, at least for me, because I don’t do anything “realistic”. I never hook a real landscape with sky and clouds the way they really look. I don’t hook animals that look “real”…mine are simply my interpretation of real things. You know what they are, but they are not realistic…!
Now any of us Could hook a photo of a child sitting by a river (realistically) and then have a cartoon character rowing by in a boat, etc. But I am talking about Combining the realistic and the folk art in the same character or motif….! Anyway, it is all great fun! 🙂 I hope all will become clear when you see the finished piece!
I’m not sure if I will succeed…but I am enjoying trying!!! …lol…
So here is Progress on Day 13…the first blue fish asked for a companion…so, of course, I had to hook another fish..! I was tempted to hook a red one for Dr. Seuss…” One fish, two fish, Red fish, Blue fish”…but red wouldn’t go with my other colour choices. (I am hoping the mouse will be happy with his fish and bug friends and won’t ask for another mouse!!!!)
Happy Hooking…and I’m glad you are coming with me on this silly adventure! Sunnie 🙂
Quick post today!!!
Over the weekend I had some time to work on background which takes a lot of time on this rug!!!!! I have to be careful not to add too much “stuff” as I go along because, unlike a goofy Halloween rug or a “wild and crazy” rug, I want the focus to be on the main part of the design without a lot of distractions!!! 🙂
However, I did have time to add 2 “lollipop” flowers (padulas!!!) to keep the bug and mouse company!!!! I have used a darker green for the stems and leaves because I want them to fade into the background some. I don’t want to take away from the green I am using in the rug center! Of course, the multicoloured dots all over the piece are like confetti thrown in a celebration! And this rug IS a celebration of sorts…especially for one of the motifs!!!! …lol…
Here is an “Extra” photo of the background plaid and the colours in it. This is why I love plaids…they give “life”, “motion” and “interest” to a background that almost “reads” as a solid colour. (Looking at the rug “in person” and from a distance.) I think it shows off the motifs beautifully while drawing minimal attention to itself.
So here is Progress on the 11th and 12th day…I am loving working on this rug and have been doing some hooking instead of what I am supposed to be doing!!! I really need to dust and mop a couple of floors!!!!! But the hooking is so much fun, I keep putting it off. I’ll go do some cleaning after I post this today! Happy Hooking!! Sunnie 🙂
Welcome, friends, to the year 2018 and to the first Mystery Rug of the year!!! 🙂
I am having fun with this new rug and it is just the start!!! 🙂 This one is approx 28 x 39 inches but I might change that or add a border so who knows!!! …lol… I am using a deep burgundy plaid for the background so it is quite dark.
Not only have I gathered a lot of ideas together, but also this is an illustration of an old proverb or “saying”…so I am back to my experimentation and celebration of the fun things of life!!! 🙂
I have collected ideas, adaptations and my own drawings to pull together things from vintage botanical illustrations, ancient Celtic manuscripts, antique painted wood, papercutting and motifs from vintage book covers for the design. I know it sounds like a mish-mash of things but I hope to pull it all together!!! We shall see!
You can see the background plaid very well in the second picture. I love the darkness and the colour blend…just what I need to set off the motifs and the lettering!
I‘m being thrifty and bringing in some leftovers in this rug too…so that will be more experimentation with colour!
Here we go…as with all the “first pictures”, I know you will find this absolutely thrilling!!!!!!!” Hah! I hope you are all doing well and will enjoy a great year of rug hooking or creating whatever you love to create! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂