Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm a hooker. Of rugs. What were YOU thinking?

I thought I should post about hooked rugs, since I indicated in my profile that rug hooking is one (ahem) of my obsessions. I learned to hook (so to speak) in a community college continuing ed class over ten years ago. The instructor was a fabulous Pearl McGown-trained teacher. You know what that means if you hook rugs--if you don't, well, it means "good".
Pillow hooked with wool and fabric strips.
I absolutely love rug hooking. It truly is like painting with wool and there is so much variety in what you can do and the tools you can use. Wool strips pulled through a burlap/linen/monk's cloth backing is traditionally how it's done. But the sky is the limit--I've seen some incredible 3D pieces made with wire and wool.

You are only limited by your imagination.Your project can be big or little and used as a rug, wall hanging, pillow, or whatever. You can even be creative with purchased kits.This one is supposed to be a pumpkin, but my husband says it is a tomato. (Not sure that's the kind of creativity I was going for.)

Rug hooked with wool strips.
Kit from a rug-hooking class taken at the annual Bishop Hill Spin-In.
And even if you use plain ol' wool, you can use it dyed, over dyed, tie dyed...you name it. You can be a DIY dyer or there are plenty of online shops that will do it for you. My preferred online source for dyed wool is Shorn Sheep Woollens (she's listed in my "Linkspirations" list)--her colors are fantastic.

These are some of my own wools from my stash, er, collection.
Rug hooking wools purchased and hand dyed.
Rug hooking CAN be economical if you don't go overboard as some folks will do (ahem, again). You can purchase expensive stands and tools...or not.

Rug in progress.
Stand purchased on the cheap at Overstock.com.
Actually, the stand I purchased at Overstock really wasn't suitable for the thickness of a rug. So, my husband built me one. It's super cheap and works really well.

Can you say PVC pipe and carpet strips?
One of the best things about rug hooking is that you see results quickly so you are really motivated to FINISH a project. Just talking about rug hooking makes me want to runaway and sign up for the next rug hooking camp. Yes, there are camps for hookers.

Well, I'd love to stay and chat about myself some more, but it is a gorgeous summer morning. The rooster is crowing and the lawn needs mowing. You know the drill. But I can guarantee that I'm already thinking about my next rug project.

2 comments:

  1. I had no idea that you were such a fabulous hooker!

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  2. Hi Genevieve,
    What a cool blog you have. I love farm animals but the only place I can see them is the zoo or the Los Angeles County Fair (which we went to yesterday). I love looking at all your pictures and how fantastic that you make your own rugs! that is awesome, if you didn't live so far, I'd ask you to teach me.
    I just recently joined blogs by Latinas and found you through them.
    Hope your having a wonderful labor day weekend.

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