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 on the rug eSchool and take a look at the pictorial tour of my studio. They are old pictures. I have actually added another row across the top.
After about a week I decided to roll the edges of the backing up and baste them in place with yarn so that I could deal with only the center of the rug. That helped a lot.
I initially tried to use clamps for quilting to hold the edge of the rug out of my way. I need to get my arm under the frame either at the bottom or the left side. The rug was just too heavy for these clamps. I found these heavy duty clamps at the home improvement store. They were even on sale for about $4 apiece! They have helped a lot. Even if I cannot get the heavier hooked part of the rug inside the clamp, I can close the clamps on the rug itself and still get the bulk of the rug out of the way.
Update: The clips were more trouble than they were worth. I stitched up the folded sides with old acrylic yarn.
More about my Room Sized Hooked Rug
- Day 1-35 of rug hooking: Putting the pattern on the backing & hooking a rose
Day 36 My temporary rug hooking set up – How to hook a large rug
Day 38 – 94 Resolving the Large Leaves & Hooking the Border
Day 94 How to hook crooked rows not straight ones
Day 99-275 Circle Border on Room-sized Rug
Status: Still incomplete
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