I used my specially dyed birch bark wool to hook the birch tree. Just simple hooking here. I cut the darker part of the wool in a #5, the lighter in #7 and simply hooked it. I did change the shape a bit. I used to have a birch tree in our backyard. It was […]
A dark outline can really set off your motifs. You may even need a second outline in a different value. See the examples.
This method is also the easiest way to finish a hooked piece for other construction such as a tote bag or the wool edges can be turned back around the edge of the rug for a “Show” finish. See other examples at the end of this post. Here’s a video version: Finishing a pillow can […]
I’ve been intrigued lately by very primitive and free spirited backgrounds. Marte Bordeaux did this piece in punch needle, but it could make a great hooked piece also. What makes it a great background? First of all you can clearly see the motif because the dark chicken and flower are outlined by a much lighter […]
Follow these steps to square up your rug photos.
Perfectly formed loops for your hooked rugs is not always the best choice. Sometimes crooked is more beautiful.
The perfect finish starts with the perfect whipping yarn. What is the the best yarn for whipping? Check out my favorite. This post includes a calculator to determine how much wool you will need.
After steaming and preparing the edge of your rughooking by zig zagging, I fold the edge toward the loops and then baste it in place. I know this takes longer than using pins, but pins hurt. I was in a car accident in 1996 and that changed my outlook on life. I would rather do […]
Learn how to prepare the edge of a hand hooked rug. This is the first step, zig zagging.
Learn how to steam a rug to get it ready for finishing the edge.
Here’s another rug I got to see at Sauder Village. Janet was stuck on the hit and miss border. I hope the few tips I gave her will spur her on. Use your scrap bag, not just the colors from the center Be sure add neutrals Hook a crooked line every few inches and then […]
I’ve hooked in the initial colors I chose. Find out how they worked out.