New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 10

Well Mr. Morty and I are both laughing now as he was right with his jacket fabric choice!!!   🙂   

When I finished the jacket using the 2 leftover pieces of mottled wool left over from Halloween rugs, the completed product certainly looks “different”! 

We are both laughing because the mottled wool , when hooked, looks to us like someone knitted him this sweater-jacket…!   THAT really is “different” and Mr. Morty is very happy today!!!

Does it look like knitting to you?   I am not a knitter…but it reminds me of the bulky knit sweaters people used to knit…!   🙂

I‘m happy at the way the rug is going even though there are several sections that, by themselves, aren’t particularly interesting.   (Either to hook or to see!!!!!!)   …lol…

 Here is Progress on Day 10…Happy Hooking, Everyone!   Have a wonderful day!    (Finally, we are getting some rain!!!!   Hooray!)  Sunnie   🙂


New Mystery Rug-“TMAMOM”-2017-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 4

Quick post today!!!    I’m having a great time…!!!   🙂

I’m working on another part of the rug while Mr. M thinks about his next article of clothing!!!!!   …lol

Here is a closeup of the plaids in this section…


All of these wools are plaids and you can see the colours in this closeup of them…!!!   I love the greens/browns dark plaid.

And here is the section I had time to hook today!

I had to fiddle with this section a bit and grab leftovers for the light brown and the blue lines but I am happy so far.   I may have to adjust, but that is no problem.

So here is Progress on Day 4…Please stay safe from fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. and Happy Hooking!     Sunnie   🙂 

New Mystery Rug starting on September 5th!-TMAMOM-/Sunnie/rughooking/hooked rugs/folk art

I have been trying to decide which rug to do for my next Mystery Rug…and I think I’ve decided…!!!

I have several projects going but I think I’ll have the time now to start a new rug…and I’m excited to do it…!   Of course, there will be more experiments with design, with colour and with focus…but that is the way I like to work…!

This “TMAMOM”  rug will bring together many different elements so we will see if they work together in the final design.

If you like to experiment and/or like a “challenge”, I encourage you to try gathering motifs from several places and putting them together in a design.

For instance, you might try collecting an American folk art image from a Dover book, a free public domain image, part of a border from a medieval manuscript,  a landscape background idea from a European painter in the 1800’s and your own drawings and see what your imagination does with those things!!!!!!

If I don’t change my mind by next week (!!!), I will give you the list of things that I am bringing together for this piece.   Although it won’t be as large, there will be a touch of fantasy about it…like there was in the “Enigma” rug that I enjoyed so much!!!!

I hope you are safe if you are in the path of the wildfires in the West and if you are in the path of the “Harvey” storm.   It is heartbreaking for those who lose everything in just a minute of time.   I’ll see if I can help by contacting the Red Cross. website..I know they need donations.

Stay Safe…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂


Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking…New Blog/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Pillows, Chairpads

Since I do a lot of “Mystery Rugs” on this blog, I thought I might start posting on a new Blog about smaller items like pillows, chairpads, etc. along with ideas and techniques that have helped me when I was a beginning rug hooker.   Would love to have you visit…and happy too have you comment too!   🙂

I also thought I might try hooking a small rug or design where you can actually see what I am doing (!!!)   🙂   I did this many years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.

A “mystery” rug is, of course, a mystery so you can’t see the design as I hook it.   But I thought I might enjoy showing some experiments and , perhaps, changes that I make to the pieces…and that could be on the “sister” Blog.

Also, I have a Blog that I did a very long time ago when I hardly knew what I was doing.   I will try to take some of the content from that blog that hasn’t been used for a very long time.   It might be helpful to someone…and the work was more primitive too.

The link is on the “Links” list (BLOGROLL) to the right…AA “Sunnie Andress Rug Hooking”

Hope you are staying either cool or warm this Summertime.   I am ready for the hot weather to be over!!!!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

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   🙂