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Lessons, tips and tricks about traditional rug hooking.

Get help hooking your pictorial hooked rugs – New edition

Are you struggling while rug hooking pictorial rugs? ┬áThis book can help. Some of you picked up the book when it was available for the first time at Sauder Village in August 2015. ┬áMany of you found it on the website, but I’ve never announced that it was available … until now. The book more […]


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 Finishtest June 2016 update: I cannot get the calculator embedded into the website. Click this link to visit it in another page. If it ever stops working again, please let me know. In case you are curious, here’s how to do the calculations […]


Rug Hooking Rules: What you MUST do

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.” […]


How to use a value finder to choose rug hooking wool

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


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

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.


Dyeing sunset or sunrise sky for rug hooking

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 […]


Oak and Acorns Rug Hooking Pattern

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


Finishing a hooked rug – zig zag or not?

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!


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

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


Rug hooking the background on Primitive Roses stair riser

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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