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







Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018 mystery-Sunnie/rug hooking/ hooked rugs/folk art-Day 5

Outside gardening all day yesterday so did not make much progress on Lady Nesta!!!!!   🙂   

However, I have chosen some blues and greens plus whites and accents for her colours and am starting hooking her “feathers” with those…plus I hooked one of her “accessories”!!!!   …lol…

And we continue the article:


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


We’ll have to wait awhile to see the “breathtaking hat” and more of Lady Nesta…(she has a Lot of feathers being such a big bird!!!!!!)   (Trying out buttons, etc. for her “magnificent bag”!!!   …lol…)

So here is Progess on Day 5…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-new Mystery-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

This rug is such fun!!!!!   

I haven’t even decided on Lady Nesta’s colour yet…and she is the star of the show!!!!!!!    (of course, you are used to me doing things backwards or oddly so it won’t surprise you!!!!)       As you can see, I am working from the bottom of the rug to the top and from the right side to the left side!

This piece is approx 24 x 24 inches and done in #3, 4, 5 and 6 cuts.   I am deciding on colours as I go.

TA DA…Today, we start the news article for that delightful publication RUFFLED FEATHERS………… we go…shown below…..




“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.”………………….(to be continued)



And…here is today’s Progress.   Thank you for coming on this silly adventure with me!   Hopefully, a smile and a laugh is a nice part of any day since there are so many things that we cannot control!!!!!   

Happy Hooking…or whatever you are creating at the moment.   Sunnie   🙂 


Lady Nesta Birdwhistle-2018/Sunnie/hooked rugs/rug hooking/folkart-Day 2

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   🙂


Unfinished Hooked Rug-“The Little Gardener”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art


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   🙂

Hooking a “CHALLENGE” Chairpad-3/2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked chairpads/silly folk art

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   🙂

New Mystery Rug coming soon!-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-designs in progress!!!!! :)

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   🙂