Monday, June 15, 2009

Hooked on Rugs

"Hooked rug - a little rug for your hearthstone."

The English Dictionary of 1810

Rug hooking is a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or wool fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap or linen. The loops are pulled through the backing material with a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

My Hooked Rug

Like quilting, rug hooking goes way back. I made my floral rug in 1994. Supplies were hard to find and expensive. Today it is easy to find rug hooking supplies, but the expensive part hasn't changed. If you would like to try rug hooking, kits are the way to go. They come with hook, stamped pattern and precut strips of wool fabric. And, you can use your quilting hoop to hold your project taught.

Sources and inspiration

I also have an update for you, about last weeks posting, Applique Freebies. A new block has been added to the Sally Post Floral Sampler. That makes fifteen blocks now available for download.

Until next week.....happy quilting!

Karen

17 comments:

susi said...

hellokaren ,your rug looks very beautiful,have a nice day,susi

Janet said...

Wow, how lovely, I take it no one is allowed to step on it!

Fiesta said...

Karen love the rug. I have a rag rug loom my DH made for Christmas and I have yet to figure it out!

Quiltbirdie said...

Wow, that's beautiful!

Jackie said...

Karen, Your rug is absolutely gorgeous. A friend of mine rug hooks and I find her work beautiful too. Yours is a piece of art!

Yvette said...

I love it!

Funoldhag said...

That is so beautiful! Isn't it amazing how many wonderful things there are for people to do - how can anyone ever be bored? Love the colors in your rug - the shading is wonderful. Carol

Dolores said...

I love rug hooking and have made some from kits. They are great but also time consuming. I've never needed a hoop to do them though. I love your flowers.

W. Latane Barton said...

That rug is adorable. So sweet and flowery. I would be scared to death it would get dirty.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice compliment. Your rug is wonderful. The colors and the design are just so pretty!

averyclaire said...

Your hooked rug is magnificent. Lovely. And yes, it is an expensive treat for oneself!

Carrie P. said...

Wow, that is so beautiful. I bet you never set foot on that rug. I would like to try that some time.I am going to check out the links.

Karen said...

This is gorgeous. Such good workmanship!

*karendianne. said...

Oh my but this is beautiful! What a true inspiration. :) *karendianne.

Karen said...

What a beautiful rug!
Thanks for the update on Applique freebies!

belinda said...

This is just lovely..you little 'hooker' you!!!

Lori said...

Wow! That rug is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your "other" talents with us.