How-To

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Secure your pattern into a frame such as an embroidery or quilting hoop. It should lay flat and tight.  If your kit includes rug binding sew it onto the edges of the pattern before starting to hook.

  1. It is a good idea to begin with a straight line.  Take a strip of wool and hold it underneath your pattern. Take the hook in your free hand and poke a hole into the pattern’s surface.  Swirl the hook to make a more distinct hole and use the hook to pull the wool strip through the hole.  Leave about one inch of the wool strip on the top side of the pattern.

  1. Move along to another hole (use every second hole of the fabric pattern as a general guideline).  Use your hook to pull up small, uniform loops of the fabric strip.  Continue to hook until you reach the end of the strip, pulling the end to the surface (again, leave about one inch of fabric strip on the surface). Be careful not to cross the paths of your wool on the back of the rug. You can hook in straight or curved lines.

  1. As you hook your rug, clip the ends of the strips which you have brought to the surface.

  1. When your rug is complete cut away all fabric, except for two inches around the finished rug.  If you are finishing your rug without a binding, fold the fabric over itself to make a neat hem and sew it, flat, to the back of your rug. 

  1. If your kit includes binding, sew it around the edges of your finished rug.  Trim your pattern like above, but tuck the edges under the binding as you fold it onto the back side of your rug.  Sew the binding down flat onto the back of the rug. 

  1. Using a hot iron and a wet cloth, press your rug on both sides. This will help even out the loops and give your mat a finished look. It is the packing of the loops together that keeps them from falling out.

 

Tips: Don’t hook too tightly (close together) or the mat will not lay flat.  It shouldn’t be hard to pull each loop through – if you feel resistance, then it is most likely too tight. Also, keep the pattern taught on the frame to make hooking easier.

 

Please note: I have tried to overestimate the quantity of wool included in this kit, but everyone hooks differently and may use varying amounts of wool. Email me if you have any questions and good luck with the project. 

 

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