cindi gay Drywall is hung in the new rug hooking studio. Paint is scheduled for next week, then the floor. Should be done in just enough time before our deadline to move out of the old house.

Day 2491 Room sized hooked rug in the new house

This entry is part 35 of 35 in the series Room Sized Rug

Yes, Day 2491. Completing a room sized hooked rug is a huge undertaking and I haven’t hooked on this rug in years. My teaching schedule became very heavy and my personal hooking suffered. I decided to cut back on my teaching schedule to make life simpler.

Simplify stair riser rug hooking pattern

Simplify stair riser hooked by Cindi Gay

Then last year, just as I was finishing out some of my teaching commitments, we bought a farm house in the country. I had no plans to move but my husband found the perfect location. The house needed a complete remodel and we’ve been working on it for about a year. The best feature will be the rug hooking studio on the first floor! No more lugging wool up and down the stairs. You can see our remodeling progress at We put Main St. on the market last week and part of clearing out the “stuff” included moving this large rug to the new house. Rather than simply stashing it away – I won’t have time to hook on it for a while – I decided to spread it out on the newly laid floor in one of the rooms.

Room sized hooked rug, hooked and designed by Cindi Gay

I think I will leave it here until I need to move something else into this room. I still love it even though I started it in October 2007.

Thanks to Toni Jette for commenting. Your comment inspired this post.


How much yarn do I need to whip my hooked rug?

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Fold Forward Finish

March 2014 update: The calculator has been fixed. If it ever stops working again, please let me know. In case you are curious, here’s how to do the calculations yourself:

Width + Width + Length + Length = Perimeter inches

Perimeter inches divided by how many inches your whipping covers = number of pieces you need

Number of pieces you need * the length of strand you used = Number of inches of yarn needed

Number of inches of yarn needed divided by 36" = Number of yards you need.


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.

Do a whipping test

Use a piece of scrap backing and prepare the edge so you can practice whipping. A section about 8″ long should be enough. Here are some posts to get you started:

I typically use a 5′ or 60″ long piece of yarn to whip my rugs. Do not let the yarn shop wind the yarn into a ball for you. Instead, leave it in a skein and untwist it so it is a circle. Cut through one place on the circle through all the strands. That will quickly give you strands of yarn that are approximately the same length, about 5′ long.

Use one piece to whip your scrap sample. Now enter your numbers above and count out the number of strands you need. Do you have enough? You’ll know right away.

No time to do a test? Most rugs will only use a fraction of a skein. You can whip 594 inches or just under 50 feet using my example of 4.5″ of whipping from a 60″ strip using my favorite whipping yarn.


Rug Hooking Rules: What you MUST do

rug hooking logo with color

Ready for some rug hooking rules? Just one: Do what you think is right. It really is just that simple. This is an art form. Does the painter get criticized about how the brush is held? Do people turn the work over to check the back? NO! Give … [Continue reading]

Sunflower Garden Footstool Rug Hooking Pattern

Sunflower Garden footstool rug hooking pattern

This pattern is the most detailed of the sunflower footstool patterns. Use a small cut and bring out the details or stay with #6 - #8 and simply fill in the shapes with wonderful textures. This is a pattern you can adapt to your … [Continue reading]

Full color plan for Annie’s Scroll Stair riser


Background 1/2 yard Scraps for the flower 2 pieces for the scroll outline 3 pieces to fill the scroll scraps of white for the Queen Anne's Lace … [Continue reading]

Price increases announced for Beeline Art Tool (Townsend Rug Hooking Cutter)


I received this email. Looks like the prices are going up. If you are planning to buy a Beeline Art Tool, formally known as a Townsend Rug Hooking Cutter, you may want to move up your plans. You have until Jan 13, 2014 Hello Fiber Arts … [Continue reading]

November 2013 hook-in at Holland, MI

rug hook

I received information for a hook-in at Holland, MI. The link below is a PDF with the necessary registration information. It is the 2nd annual event. I did not go last year. Did you? Leave a comment and tell us about it. Click here to … [Continue reading]

Sauder Village 2013 – My class with Lucille Festa

Minna's Roses Stair Riser

Some rug camps are more special than others. My week with Lucille was very special. I had a great roommate (Pam Alexander and I have been staying together at Sauder for the last 13 years), I had a great teacher, Lucille Festa, whom I consider a … [Continue reading]

A personal update


In February I attended a meeting for Wordpress, the software that runs my website. At that meeting I said out loud for the first time, that I would be retiring from teaching on the road. It was a decision that had been brewing for some time, and … [Continue reading]

Choosing my pattern for Sauder Village rug hooking workshop with Lucille Festa

Paper Roses by Lucille Festa

Everyone goes to rug camp for different reasons. Some of us are coming to learn something new, others are looking forward to spending time with friends and still others are just running away from the pressures of home for a week. For me, my reasons … [Continue reading]