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FRIDAY Office Hours, Open Question & Answer @ 4pm eastern
This session will NOT be broadcasted to Youtube starting next Friday, Jan 29.
Replays may be posted in the Replay section of The Rug Hooking Journey, depending on their content. This is a live event that allows me to concentrate on member’s questions.
Just click the icon above ↑ at 4pm eastern on the right day and the link will take you to the right place. You must be logged in for member only events.
Most Recent Rug Hooking Lessons
I actually rearranged this corner of the living room. This way I can hook whenever I have a few spare moments. They really add up. The wire shelving is the same shelving I use in the studio. It can be set up and torn down in just moments. See my website for more details. Click…
Color plan by reviewing your stash THEN choose a pattern that will work with the wool you have. (more…)
You may have chosen an oval rug to avoid corners, but it is NOT an easier shape to hook. The shape must be drawn accurately. Watch the video on the How to Draw a Rectangle or Oval shape. You must take extreme care when hooking it to keep the curves right. (more…)
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at 4pm eastern on Tuesday. Can’t make it live? That’s OK, the replays get posted inside The Rug Hooking Journey. *AND as a member you get a private lesson on Friday at 4pm.
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How to Rug Hook… The simple steps
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Rug hooking is not difficult. It is very easy to learn, less than 1 minute to pull your first loop, then years to learn the finer points of rug hooking
- After stretching the backing on a hoop or frame, push the hook through the backing.
Put the hook in where it makes sense — do NOT count threads!
- Scoop up the wool from underneath.
Move the hook, not the wool. Wrapping the wool onto the hook will cause twists.
- Pull the wool to the surface and adjust the height of the loop.
Pull it up as high as it is wide.
- Repeat a million times. You are now a rug hooker!
Concentrate on pulling the loops up high enough and spreading them apart. Avoid overcrowding.
Make a rug hooked footstool – 2 ways
Build the stool yourself
This method creates a classic low footstool but it is time consuming and expensive.
Cover an IKEA Stool
Less expensive and a great way to prepare for the classic stool. Be sure to buy your stool BEFORE you join the course.
Follow along with other projects
Room Sized Rug: Chalfonte Fantasy
Named for the hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. I spent a lot of time on the Victorian porch. The porch support details inspired the main scroll. FYI: This project is still in progress. I’ve been rug hooking on it since Oct 2007.
This challenge was rug hooking a face using just three textured wools. I taught this class at Southern Teachers’ Workshop in 2009 and later in the Dayton area. If you have a finished project, I’d love to post it on this series!!
Woman with Baby
After I hooked Southern Woman, I wanted to see which textures would work with darker skin.
The background is just two spot dyes. They are the same color, just two different values.