cindi gay No progress in the studio yet. Dave hurt his back so we are taking a time out. I need the base molding installed before I put up shelving. This may have to wait until after Christmas. . . .

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

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

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Fold Forward FinishMarch 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 […]

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Rug Hooking Rules: What you MUST do

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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 yourself permission to be a little “wrong.” […]

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How to use a value finder to choose rug hooking wool

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A value finder or greyscale photo can help guide you in choosing your rug hooking wool. There’s even an app for the iPad!

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How to rug hook a sunset sky and water using specially dyed wool

rughooking wool dyed for night water
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Sunset or sunrise

Rug hook a sunset or sunrise sky and water using simple techniques and the right wool.

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Dyeing sunset or sunrise sky for rug hooking

How to rug hook a nightime sky
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Sunset or sunrise

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Sunset or sunriseI received a call from Rhonda Smith about dyeing wool for a sunset sky. An image popped in my mind. I asked her to mail me the photo she had in mind (colors do not always translate well in emails because everyone’s monitor […]

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Oak and Acorns Rug Hooking Pattern

Oak and Acorn rughooking pattern

A simple and elegant oak leaf and acorn rug hooking pattern. This post includes instructions on how to hook it.

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Finishing a hooked rug – zig zag or not?

Cindi Gay, rug hooking teacher
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Fold Forward Finish

I’ve decided to eliminate the zig zag stitching when I finish a hand hooked rug. This will make my rug hooking finishing process so much more enjoyable – and quicker!

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Dyeing wool using the season’s hottest colors using PRO Chem dyes

Fall 2012 rug hooking dye recipe for chartreuse

Information on how to dye your rug hooking wool in the colors for fall 2012 based on Pantone’s latest forecast.

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Rug hooking the background on Primitive Roses stair riser

Primitive Rose by Cindi Gay
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Primitive Roses Stair Riser

Rug hooking the background is easy if you start early and break the area into shapes. Find out how.

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Primitive Roses stair riser rug hooking pattern

Primitie Rose Stair Riser designed and hooked by Cindi Gay
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Primitive Roses Stair Riser

Primitive Roses stair riser pattern is an easy and simple piece that can be completed in a short amount of time. Order my limited texture survival bundle to have small pieces of the best wool in my studio at your fingertips.

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