Tools Of The Craft

 I Have added this page to give you an idea of what rug hooking is.  It isn't needle point, it isn't latch hook.  It involves taking thin strips of wool and inserting them into a backing  in the holes created by the warp and the weft.  

Backing can be burlap, linen or Monk's cloth.

  These are my two hooks, one with a thin shaft and one with at thicker.  One hook sometimes works better at pulling a strip than others. I mainly use the thicker shafted.  The scissors are the other tool, of course the Sharpie.

This  a fabric cutter, a number 6.  I was cutting some wool and you can see the strips it is making.  A number 6  is about 3/16 inch wide.  I also use a number 4 and 3 , the smaller the number the thinner the strip.




  This is  a strip of wool fabric

  A basket of worms. Worms (or noodles) are what the strips of fabric are called. These are extra. I will sort these by general color and put into baggies for later use. Sometimes we cut fabric and decide the matching colors won't work or most of the time have extras left over.

  I put out the wool colors that I will be using in a project into a pile, easy to get. The Pelican cases hold cutter blades for the cutter.

               Our Wool “Stash.”  


  This is the floor stand.  Rose lends me this to do my work on.  It is easy to work with.  The picture you see to the left, is a project Rose has been working on.

  This shows the size of the holes. This is Monk's Cloth.  The lines are drawn on and show the borders or the outline of the pattern.


This is the pattern (2 foot x 3 foot ) that I had blown up from the jpg image. The red dots (hence red dot paper) is thin and the dots are lined up with the holes on the cloth. I am using linen. The Sharpie is used to trace the image on to the red dot.

   Here the image has been traced on the red dot paper.  Then it is laid over the fabric (Linen). Again the sharpie is drawn over the image. The paper is real thin, so the ink bleeds through  on to the cloth.  I use an industrial version of the Sharpie. It is heat resistant and won't bleed through when the rug is steam pressed when finished.

The rug is on the frame and the rug is so large that I have to do it in sections.  Here I have begun to outline the face of the mouse, I already have the nose, wiskers, eyes and brows in place. The ears are done and all I have to do is finish with the face and begin to fill in the cloth with the appropriate color of grey.

Here I have the mouse off the frame, the face is done, now getting ready to do the body. Eventually I will do the background. I use a combination of vertical and horizontal fill in. it gives dimension and texture.



  Here I am putting in the background of the Sailor Kitty. You can see it isn't finished and has a lot to do. I do the main image, the name, date and then fill in around, shift the  cloth to the next area.  The brown fabric around the frame is actually a protector. The cloth is held by a strip of many spikes that grab the fabric , the cloth protects me as I work with the frame.


  This is a close up of the edge of the frame,   these tines grab the fabric  and hold in place, hence the need for the cover as sometimes one or two poke through the backing where it is thinner.  Very few owies.

  The rug is finished. Rose has hemmed the border and pressed and steamed the final rug. I put my name in the corner so my daughter will remember me.  

Dye Bench

My dye bench.  Here I dye the wool into the many colors.  It also is part time a work bench 

© Joseph Toubes 2016