“Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”-a new “Mystery Rug”-2018-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 1

Here we go again…!!!    Since “The Little Gardener” rug was a “sweet” piece with nothing silly about it…I am ready for a bit of fun once again!   🙂   🙂   

As you know, I am going through my craft room doing more organizing and finishing up some older, unfinished pieces that I set aside when I started hooking and selling original rugs for my business in Vermont.   

 I found another piece of linen with a large bird drawn on it.   I believe it is an illustration from a Dover book, just like the drawing of “The Little Gardener” rug was!   However… again, I don’t know what I had in mind when I started this piece as I just had the bird drawn and the only things I had hooked were the legs and feet!!!!   (I remember thinking at the time that this was such a silly looking bird and wondered why the bird legs seemed to be the focus of this illustration!!!!)

I decided to make this a “de-worming” piece and use up a Lot of leftover woolworms!!!   After all, birds like worms…yes???

An idea just popped into my head  (after reading another gushing article about celebrities!) to make this bird very “high class”…and write an article for that impressive magazine for high flyers, RUFFLED FEATHERS.   

(The story/article will be told a bit later…!)   🙂   

So she became “Lady Nesta Birdwhistle”…a society bird attending a very classy function!!!!!   (She has a sister, “Lady Birdie Featherbeek” who sadly could not attend the function due to a serious condition.)   (No, it is Not “parrot-tonitis”…although some of my birds probably suffer from that too!!!)   …lol…

I have had these “silly-after-hearing-ads-or-news” attacks before…!   You might remember that I was hooking a pleasant piece many years ago with a medieval Prince and Princess…and then heard one too many “denture” commercials on TV!   This was the result…changing the nice-looking faces to these below!!!!   🙂   (I have this hanging in my home and laugh every time I see it…!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also practicing “fake shading” on these robes!!!!

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So today we start the “Lady Nesta…” piece shown below.   I hope you will enjoy the process with me!   🙂    Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

 I am using the higgly-piggly technique in the green and yellow section…hooking two #3 strips at once and adding in other little pieces here and there.   Also using small pieces and leftover worms to add little spots of colour.   I will be hooking the background in straight vertical lines as I don’t do straight line hooking for backgrounds…we’ll see how it goes!!!

 

 

 

 

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“The Little Gardener” hooked rug-2018/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs Finished! :)

Sorry to be so long away from my Blog!    Can’t believe how busy it has been…but I think things will come back to “normal” now!    🙂

I have been able to finish the hooking on this piece and am happy with the experiment with the dust-dirt colours on the border!!!!   This was fun to simply do colour and design experiments as I went along!

The leaves are done with a plaid on one side of the leaf and then leftover woolworms in greens on the other side of each leaf.   Of course, the background of the border is a plaid and the flowers are different textured wools.   I used some leftover worms in the blue sky, leaf veins and in the little girl’s dress.   The “path” is also plaid and textures cut worms and leftovers!!!

Here is the finished piece…I am doing the edge-whipping now.   My oldest daughter is a wonderful gardener and she loves this…so I am giving it to her!

Hope you all are doing well wherever you are.   Thank you for visiting me here today…I always enjoy your rug hooking comments!   🙂

Have a wonderful day…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

Crazy Couple of Months!!!!-Father Christmas in progress-rug hooking-hooked rugs-Sunnie-folk art

Sorry to have been away so long!!!!!!

I can’t believe I have been so busy in March and April…!   Very unusual for me to live such a “hectic” life!!!!   🙂

However, I did have a great time at Rockaway Beach, Oregon at Rug Camp the first week in April and learned a lot from my teacher, Laura Pierce!!!

I had decided to do the head and shoulders of a Santa (more like a Father Christmas-not the “jolly” guy) and had hooked the right side of the rug  before camp…with the blue, gray and off-white plaid for the sky and the reds for his coat.   

Since I wanted him to be “different” (like Mr. Morty!!!), I decided that his Grandma had knitted a scarf for him (!) and he is wearing that around his neck instead of the traditional fur.   This Santa is adapted from an old postcard that shows a full Santa figure sporting lots of fur with a large bag of toys, etc.   However, I wanted to focus on what was really important…and I narrowed it down to a head-and-shoulders portrait.

Since Laura does wonderful portraits herself, I wanted help with the face and beard to have him look realistic.   As you know, realism is not my “thing”…so I knew this would be difficult.   It took me all week to do the face and beard and start the hat...but I learned a lot and am very happy with the rug so far!   I wanted him to be quite serious but not look too stern or have a mean expression!!!   …lol…  ( Some of the Father Christmas illustrations look rather severe!)

It is about 22 x 22 inches and uses mostly #5 and #6 cuts and here is Progress so far…..

                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you are all well and enjoying life…we are having a roller-coaster Spring with rain one day, cold the next, sunshine and warm temps and rain+cold again…who knows!!!!!   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   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“All Things Belong to Cats!”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Days 17-21-FINISHED

Hooray…after a “hooking marathon” (!!!), I have finished this rug!   🙂

The Irish-English proverb is…”In a Cat’s eye, all things belong to Cats!”

At 28 x 39 inches, this is a larger rug than I thought I would do when I first started designing it.   But hooking in my “freestyle” or “stewpot” style, things just evolve sometimes!!!   …lol…   This was such fun and I was experimenting so much that I have spent a lot of 6-7 hours a day hooking on it.  

When I make stew or soup, I start out with a base of broth or french onion soup, etc. and then toss in anything I think will make a good tasting blend of meat,  vegetables and seasonings when finished.   This is the way I hook almost all the time now and it’s just what I did on this rug!

I started with the base (the background wool), added the cat figure (inspired by an antique primitive painting of a cat on wood), remembered an old saying about cats and looked that up…and went from there.   Fish, mice, birds, bugs, etc. are all things cats like…so Celtic fish, a mouse from a free clipart design,  my own bug and bird sketches and a sunflower from an antique botanical book were added to the mix! 

Now my designs don’t look much like the originals as they are my interpretations hooked in my own folk art style…but the inspiration came from those things!   So… they were gathered together and thrown into the pot!   I love to add “confetti” dots to my rugs… so the “seasoning” is in all colours that I thought would add some fun to this one.

My main problem was working with the Cat face.   I wanted it to have some “realism” so I stared a lot at a photo of my own cat’s face plus about 30 other cat faces in all mediums.   For me, “realism” is foreign!!!!!   🙂       This face isn’t Really realistic as I would have had to dye wool, properly shade and hook strips in the proper fur growth direction, etc. and I did not want to go that far!!!!!   But I hope that the face begins to resemble a real cat and not a cartoon!

I still have some “tweaking” to do on the cat’s whiskers…I wanted just a light touch using wool yarn and sewing it into the hooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My cat, Cassie, was a wonderful cat and had a lot of expressions.   I wanted the Face and Eyes to draw the viewer because that was the focus of this piece.   (Also, the Green of the lettering is the same Green as the cat’s eyes…and that green is used nowhere else on the rug! )   I chose a font that looked lively and fun for this piece…and I really like how it turned out.   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cat’s body and all the rest of the rug is not realistic at all as that was not necessary…I just had fun with the colours and the design.   I gave the Sunflower a little “life” by adding vine “arms” and “feet”…it was fun to see the vines twining around the rug!!!

The border, which took hours and hours of work (!) was not planned.      It just popped into my head one day so I did it…!      I like it…it makes me think of fairy tales and fantasy …and I like the “orderly” surrounding the “chaos” in the rug center.   It isn’t “geometric” in the sense that all of the blocks are exactly the same size.   But it looks fairly “orderly” which is as close as I come to hooking geometrics!!!!!   …lol…

So here is the Finished rug on day 21…It has been delightful to hook and has become one of my favourites!   I like the “slightly smug” cat, the old saying, the combination of motifs from different centuries and the plays on words with the green of the cat’s eyes matching the lettering, etc.   It is exactly the way I like to work…and I like the finished “Stew”.   Thank you for coming on this adventure with me…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New 2018 Mystery Rug-“…ATBTC”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs/folk art-Day 13

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   🙂