Points To Remember When You Create A Traditional Rug Hooking Pattern

Adorning your home with hooked rugs was very much in vougue in the 19th century. People who could not afford to decorate their homes with beautiful and expensive areas rugs chose to create them by hand. Old sacks as well as the yarns from worn or torn clothes served as the basic materials and it was indeed astonishing to see the end result. The craft was elevated to an art before too long and the skilled hooked rug makers were much in demand all through the remaining century and beyond.

The traditional rug hooking remains the same today with the creator again taking the help of a piece of canvas as well as bits and pieces of wool in order to produce a lavishly extravagant piece of area rug. However, the objects that are put to use while indulging in traditional rug hooking is not confined to the things that we throw away now. On the contrary, most of the rug makers are prone to collect a readymade kit from the nearest store before embarking on the process of traditional rug hooking.

There are a few special points to remember while trying to make the traditional rug hooking patterns yourself.

  • It is important to select a traditional hook first. Using a latch is your prerogative. Some people are more comfortable when the latch covers the fabric strips helping them to move in and out of the burlap with ease.
  • A heavy weight burlap should prove to be ideal for your needs. The strong material provides a good foundation and should be sufficient enough for your pattern to fit in. Keeping a space of 3 inches all around will help to serve as the border of your design. Traditional burlap usually consists of 10 or 11 threads per inch. It will be wise to get one very similar to it in order to make a traditional hooking rug.
  • Using a frame to hold the burlap in place while you get to work on it is usually recommended. But you can certainly opt of giving it a miss entirely. Layng the cloth on your lap as you work it, filling it with the pattern, can lead to a few imperfections here and there. It is these small deviations that lend an authentic look and helps to enhance the value of a handmade hooking rug.
  • While the yarns or wool used to create a pattern can be bought directly from the nearest store, they may be available as a part of a hooking kit too. You can also use cloth strips that you cut yourself preferably from an old piece of clothing. Regular ½ to 1 inch wide strips in the colours that you fancy can certainly help to create the picture that you want to adorn your room with.

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