What is rug hooking?
It is much more than just a rag rug. Rug hooking is the technique of taking strips of wool and pulling them through a woven base, creating a beautiful pattern. Wool is a fiber that does not absorb moisture and stays clean naturally.
Rug hooking is one of America’s oldest folk arts and is a very easy concept to learn. Although easy, most rug hookers are continually learning new concepts and techniques. I can teach anyone to rug hook. All it takes is a hook, backing, some scraps of wool and the willingness to try.
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Popular Rug Hooking articles
This is a series of posts that outline how to build and finish your hooked footstool.
The best hooked rug finish is the finish you will do. This is a good sturdy edge and is easy enough for beginners.
I’ve had a lot of family stuff going on the last several years so progress has stalled. I’ll post more as I get back to hooking.
Whipping a rug takes a long time. Ripping it out because you run out of yarn and have to start over with something else is a nightmare. Run the numbers before you begin.
I break down the steps of hooking a face with just three textured wools.
Shop for rug hooking patterns for rugs, stair risers and footstools. You can find wool and other supplies in the shop.
Rug hookers are always looking for a wool that is a bit duller or darker. The easiest way is to penny die it!
Cindi Gay, rug hooking artist and teacher
After teaching on the road since 2004, I am taking a full year off from traveling. I am still teaching at home. Set up a class at the new studio or just stop by to shop for that perfect wool for your new project.
I live in farm country south of the Ohio Turnpike and east of I-75 in Northwest Ohio. Call to make an appointment to stop by if you are traveling in the area. Use your GPS to get to 6988 Linwood Rd., Pemberville, OH or call for directions from your area.
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