The wall hangings on this website were created using traditional rug hooking techniques where fiber is pulled by a hook through the linen backing to the top in loops. At the end of each strip of fabric or yarn the tail is pulled to the top and cut even with the loops.
After hooking the work is blocked and pressed before finishing. All raw edges are turned under in finishing, and the corners are mitered. The piece is then pressed again. A hanging system is attached, and a final pressing prepares the work for sale.
This work is made from mixed fibers, but primarily wool and silk, pulled through a primitive linen backing. Some will be yarn and some fabric, some new and some up-cycled. Fiber can be commercially dyed, “indie” dyed, or dyed by the artist.
I offer four different classes. Three are two hour classes and one is an eight hour class. Introductory Rug Hooking introduces you to the craft of rug hooking and allows you to decide if you want to continue or not. It is two hours long. My Curves class introduces you to circles, curves, lettering, and backgrounds. It, too, is two hours long. With both of these classes behind you, it is time to move on to the From Start to Finish class. This class is eight hours long. I spread it out over four weeks with two hour classes each week. This provides time for you to hook and prepare a piece for finishing by the last class. My Finishing class is also two hours long and teaches three basic finishes in rug hooking: the folded edge, the whipped edge, and the herringbone edge.
I am open to offering other classes and teaching by appointment. For more information check out the Classes page on this website.
The Curves class is the second in the series of introductory rug hooking classes I teach. In it the student learns how to hook curves, circles, backgrounds, and lettering. Included in the class are handouts of the class notes and a handout on different types of background hooking. The lettering in this piece can be modified to any word or words that can fit across the bottom.
Introductory Rug Hooking takes the student through the beginning steps of rug hooking. It is an opportunity to try rug hooking to see if you like it and want to pursue it further. In the class we start to hook a small 6″ square star. The student chooses two of three color packets: green, red, and yellow. One packet is for the star and the other for the background.
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