There are a lot of eager beginners out there wanting to jump into rug hooking with both feet.  I applaud their enthusiasm and spirit.  There are times, however, when one has to learn to walk before they can jump and run.

For most rug hookers there is a natural progression to follow.  First you take a beginner’s class.  Then you take a basic dye class.  Then you take classes on different styles of hooking and dyeing from different teachers.

Generally people start with primitive hooking, or wide cut, and progress to the finer cuts.  Some people love primitive and never go any further.   That’s okay too. 🙂  Some people want to learn the nuances of colour and design.  Those can be separate classes, though most classes contain a bit of them.

These classes can all be from the same teacher, but it is better if they are not.  The more varied the teachers and subject matter the better.  That way you learn the rules quickly…so you know when to break them.

There are lots of options for learning these days.  There are books, DVDs, and actual classes.  Classes can be taken online or off, at a rug camp or locally through a guild or experienced rug hooker offering private classes.  Expect to pay at least $15/hour for group classes for the instructor alone, depending on their experience.  Double that for private lessons.  Anything cheaper is a very good deal.  Remember, you are often paying for years of experience.  Most instructors will not take more than a few students at a time, and they have to cover the cost of preparation time and supplies used to develop the class.

Some good online classes to consider are Deanne Fitzpatrick’s courses.  I hear the Welcome Mat is also good.  I have never been a member though.

DVDs to consider are:

  • Deanne Fitzpatrick – Hooking Landscapes, Hooking People, and Hooking Rugs.
  • Karen Kahle – Color Inspiration
  • Gene Shepherd – Rug Hooking Learn at Home series – Vol. 1 & 2, Dyeing with Gene Shepherd – Vol. 1, 2, & 3
  • Verna Cox – Rug Hooking and Braiding
  • Joan Moshimer and Verna Cox – Hooking and Braiding
  • and more…

Books to consider: visit Stackpole Books and check out their rug hooking offerings.  Also Deanne Fitzpatrick’s books are loaded with information.

Also search YouTube for useful videos.  Search the following names

  • Gene Shepherd (goodshepherd),
  • Deanne Fitzpatrick,
  • Heather Ritchie – rug hooking,
  • Susie Stephanson – hooking with yarn,
  • and hs2oca (myself).

By checking out the above you will be able to get started.  A search on the Internet for rug hooking suppliers will give you the tools for the job.  Just make sure to phone or email the proprietor of the store and let them know you are just beginning.  They will help you with tools and material for your needs.

I hope this has given beginners something to work with, especially if they are far away from instructors or feel they cannot afford a class right now.

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