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 Mystery Rug-2017-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 6

Had a little time to hook yesterday and today…so here’s a quick post…!

Now that I have more pink in the rug, the bright blue of the flowers seems OK, at least for now.   We’ll see if it balances out when I get more done.   🙂    I have 2 more blue flowers to hook.     I can see more of the rug than you can…and from farther away so it is easier for me to judge my experiments and see if they seem to be working!!!!

We had cold and rain this morning, sunshine and warmer temps this afternoon and I just started outside and it is raining again!!!!!   …lol…

At least I know what is happening with my hooking!!!!!!

Here is Progress on Day 6…Happy Hooking!   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-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 3

Whew!!!   I finally got my “airbag” recall change done on my Subaru!!!!   No one has been able to ride in the front passenger seat since last Autumn when the list of cars added mine.   So we are good to go once again!!!!   🙂

Quick post today!   I am experimenting with background wool on the area above the brown lines and flowers…the lower bg is “cooler” and the upper bg is “warmer”.

I wanted to do a change in background and in the flowers also…so this is the plaid I am using!   I am not using the lightest strip in the plaid…keeping that strip to use later on something else. 

I love the plaid colours but it hooks as a “medium” value!    I have to plan the other colours carefully so they won’t get lost against the background.I am outlining the upper flowers and changing them a bit too…!

So…here is Progress on Day 3…experimenting is so much fun…I really enjoy it and, although it takes a lot of time, what I learn is worth it…!!!!!!!

Please stay safe if you are having bad weather!!!  

Happy Hooking!  Sunnie   🙂


New 2017 Mystery Rug-“A Strange EOTTB”-Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Day 1

Hooray!   I was finally able to have some time to hook!!!!!   So my new Mystery rug starts today!!!

We’ve been having so much rain this winter that when I have a nice day, I get outside and do “stuff”!!!!!!!   …lol…

I am actually giving you a “start” photo of something you can recognize!!!!!   🙂   Usually you get a little patch of “something” until I get a motif going…but this time I have a little section almost complete.   Just have to hook a bit more background.

Now there is nothing “strange” about this part of the rug…but if you know me at all, you’ll know that there certainly will be something “strange” and silly going on as the rug progresses!

I have chosen to experiment with a group of rather soft colours so I’ve been going through my wool stash looking for very light beiges, grays, greens, creams, mottled and off-white wools that are suitable to be cut into #4 and #5 strips.   I might use a #6 somewhere but I’m using the #5 strips for a lot of the work.   (At least I think I am!!!)   🙂

The brighter colours for motifs I’ll hook in a #3, 4 and maybe #5 cut strips when needed.   I seem to be hooking a lot of “flowers” lately…maybe it is that longing for Spring!!!   Of course, my flowers are not realistic…but “pretend” flowers are flowers just the same in rug hooking!!!

This rug is about 26 x 34 inches…but I’ll decide if I want to keep a border later on.

So here is Progress on Day 1 of  “A Strange EOTTB”…Thank you for coming on the adventure with me…and Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂

New Mystery Rug-March 2017-” A Strange EOTTB”/Sunnie/rug hooking/hooked rugs-Starting Soon!!!


I think I have chosen my new rug design and I hope to start it on Friday this week!!!!    “A Strange E O T T B” will be a whimsical piece, again using inspiration from some medieval sources along with motifs adapted from the 1800’s and my own imagination!!!   🙂

I haven’t selected any colours yet…not even background wool…but I will be working on that this week.   I will also be working on some more 4 x 6  inch postcard size pieces and I think I will try to start a group of chairpads featuring some of my great-grandchildren’s drawings!   🙂   It should be fun…and I’m already laughing to myself about the large rug design.   (It really will be strange…and I find it quite funny!!!!)

Hope you are all well and will enjoy this next adventure with me!   Happy Hooking!   Sunnie   🙂