Making a Flower Proddy Pin is an easy introduction to Rug Hooking! Here is a photo tutorial to help along with the written instructions.
Secure your pattern into your embroidery hoop, tugging and tightening the bolt simultaneously so your monks cloth fabric is drum tight. The lines of the monks cloth may warp due to your tightening – this is ok. Try to get the drawn circle as close in the center of your hoop as possible.
If your kit includes a button, use a needle and thread to sew the button onto the drawn circle.
Hooking your center (if no button): Use the long fabric strip to hook the center of your flower. Take a strip of wool and hold it underneath your pattern in one hand. Take the hook in your free hand (It is easier to hold your hook with your dominant 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. (use your hand underneath to guide the wool strip onto the hook). Leave about one inch of the wool strip on the top side of the pattern. This is your tail.
Move along the circular line on your pattern to another hole (use every second or third hole of the fabric pattern as a general guideline). Use your hook to pull up small, uniform loops in a circular fashion. Your loops should be about 1/4” tall. Continue to hook until you have filled in your circle, pulling the end to the surface (again, leave about one inch of fabric strip on the surface – your ending tail). Be careful not to cross the paths of your wool on the back of the rug. You should have 7-10 distinct loops and two tails(do not over crowd). Trim your tails to the height of your loops.
Hooking your petals: Pick a hole about 2 mm away from your hooked center (or button) and poke your hook through the monks cloth. Widen the hole as much as you can. Do your best to wrap the petal around your hook and pull through the hole – you may need to use your fingers to get it up. You should now have ½ of the petal piece pulled all the way up. Skip 4-5 holes and repeat this technique for your other petal side. You should now have both sides of the petals sticking through the top like bunny ears. Skip 3-4 holes and repeat with all 8 of your first color. To hook your second row of petals, pick a hole about 2 mm behind your first row and repeat the process with your 9-10 petals. It is up to you if you want to hook solid rows of one color or mix and match all your petals. You can fix any mistakes or placement issues by pulling the petal completely out and trying again if you need to.
Once your petals are complete, iron both sides of your flower as flat as you can (be careful of the plastic button!). Trim the monks cloth to about ½ to 1 inch around the base (underside) of your flower, being careful not to accidentally cut any of your wool petals in the process! Fold and bunch the excess monks cloth Fold the fabric behind your flower and iron with a very hot iron and a lot of steam.
Place your heat and bond paper glue-side-down on the back of your flower pin, being careful to have all your edges tucked in. Iron the heat and bond to your piece. Once dry (about 30 seconds) cut the excess glue paper away from your flower. Remove the paper from the Heat and Bond leaving just the glue. Iron a piece of wool fabric to the heat n bond, let dry, then trim with scissors. Sewing around the edge to reinforce the wool backing is optional.
Sew the pin back to this finished back with needle and thread.
Your Rug Hooking Proddy Pin is finished! Congrats! Now you can make one for your coat, hat, bag, purse, sweater.....etc. etc.!