Rug hooking can be very confusing when you first start out. What equipment do I need? Or more like what do you NOT need! How do I do this, or that? You need someone who is always there that you can ask. I can help.
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Most Recent Rug Hooking Lessons
Getting the pattern drawn on the backing for my room sized rug takes all day of Day 1. I Begin hooking the flowers and the scroll.
The first steps in rug hooking a face using wide cuts and textured wool.
Having everything you need in your tool kit is a comfort. Check out the video for a tour of my tool kit and the list below for a few items I missed. (more…)
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In addition to having the replays all organized and ready for you (and the ability to check them off as complete) you have access to several courses such as Creative Stitches and The Basics.Learn more about The Rug Hooking Journey
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- Tuesdays on even numbered weeks
For even more online instruction, be sure to check out howtorughook.com, my online instruction center.
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 a purchased 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 to hook 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.