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August 15, 2008
After reading the topic on braided rugs, I thought I'd add this one for another type of crafted rug. I've been hooking rugs for about three years, and am actually teaching a class at the end of September at the local adult ed. extension office in town.
This is very much a make-do craft that women (and some men) would create rugs for their homes with material they already have. Any clothing that was too worn or couldn't be used for anybody else would be cut up into strips, then hooked onto a foundation fabric usually of burlap feed sacks. In present day rug hooking, people use burlap, monks cloth, and even even weave linen as foundation fabric, and wool is usually used to create the rug. I really try to make this an art of recycling, and get most of my fabric at Goodwill, thrift shops, tag sales, etc. Below is a link to my blog where a picture of a rug I'm entering at our local fair this weekend.
“I really try to make this an art of recycling, and get most of my fabric at Goodwill, thrift shops, tag sales, etc.”
I got interested in rug hooking many years ago, and was thrilled with the suggestion to use thrift store materials. Unfortunately, the suggestion to buy used wool garments was not practical in Southern California. I looked for a source of wool fabric mill ends on the internet, but didn't have much luck there, either. The interest wained as other things in life crowded in for my attention. Maybe someday, now that I'm retired, and I live in a much colder climate, I'll give it a try.
July 15, 2011
Naomi, I love hooking! I posted a picture of a wall hanging (well, it's hanging on my wall, was supposed to be for the floor but I can't bear walking on it!) in another page here somewhere. Are you still hooking? I see this is an old post but I'd love to hear from other hookers. And WV_Hills, I too was originally interested years ago, put it aside and then started up again a few years ago. It is truly addicting once you get started. I love hunting for wool in thrift stores, yard sales and such but be sure you wash it in hot water before bringing it into your house. Is either of you going to the CITR Retreat? I am! I'm hoping to bring a small project to hook at night while there.
Jan – jamitysmom
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