There are different types of rug making techniques available in the market. Traditional rug hooking has survived for about 200 - 300 years having initiated in the United States. The rugs were used on the floors in the summer and on the beds in the winter for warmth. In the market you can find many books and videos to help you learn the techniques, but hands-on training are a really great way to learn rug making. There are many instructors, rug groups and guilds available to help you get started.

Traditional Rug Hooking styles include fine hooked rugs with thinner strips of material and shading techniques. Traditional styles of Rug Hooking utilize a wider strip of material and generally have little shading involved. The tools are the same, but the methods will differ with shading techniques, and width of wool strips. The Rug Hooker's association originally began as a supply for traditional and primitive style rug hooking but now has expanded to include assets for punch and speed needle style rug making.

Equipments needed for traditional rug hooking are:

Traditional style of Rugs Hooking uses a hand hook to form a loop pile on the surface of the backing material. Backing material has an even weave base and may include Burlap, Monk’s Cloth, Rug Warp, etc. There are different size hooks or points depending on your preference and hooking need. For help you can contact your supplier.

In the market you can find some wooden or metal frames. For large rugs, many people prefer a larger floor frame. Wooden frames have carding strips with gripper like teeth that hold the backing material firmly in place. A hoop frame, used for needlepoint, etc, is smaller and it is good for small projects, especially to avoid a large expense until you are sure you like to hook.

The scissors should be light weight, bent handle and sharp pointed rug scissor. These specialty scissors are available enabling you to trim the wool material flush to the loop piles.

Cutter & Blades:
There are different types of cutting machines, some with suction cups to keep it stable, others with a clamp on device for a table. There are also different size blades to cut the wool into different size strips appropriate for your rug.

Wool Material:
Wool material can be purchased by the yard or piece, or in swatches. You can buy some gradient shades of one color.

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