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Rug Hooking for the First Time [Paperback]

Donna Lovelady

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2 Sep 2005
With easy-to-follow instructions plus dozens of photographs, worksheets, patterns, and projects, any beginner can create beautiful rugs and other hooked decorative items. From preparing, dying, and cutting the wool to making and transferring patterns, all the fundamentals are here. Learn to hook a simple design on a Checkerboard Pillow; add a border and practice finishing techniques on a Circle and Star Rug; hook a face on a Rug Doll. Go beyond the basics and try larger, more detailed projects. Turn rugs into wearables. Use polka dots or a thin strip of wool tied onto a bow to make textured pieces even more dimensional. Even create a theme for a room by repeating motifs throughout the decor - a Teddy Bear Pillow goes naturally with a matching Wall Hanging and Floor Rug. The possibilities are limitless, from table mats and purses to a contemporary Welcome Rug.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (2 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402722370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402722370
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 21.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a real rug hooking primer 6 Mar 2003
By melvina langston - Published on
This is a great book for the beginning rug hooker. Finally, a book written on how to hook rugs that does not refer to the reader as though they already know everything! This is a wonderful book, full of clear instructions and pictures. I would deffinately recomend this book to anyone interested in rug hooking. This is the BEST book out there for the beginner. Lots and lots of beginner projects too.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NewHooker 29 April 2005
By tdamann - Published on
This book is an excellent beginning's reference! I had no idea how to even start a rug, but after reading this book...well, it just covers everything. And it talks a lot about primitive hookings..which I love. Great resource!!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primitive Resource 31 Jan 2007
By Leigh-ann Defreitas - Published on
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An excellent resource for the beginner or seasoned primitive hooker. Simple instructions and patterns included.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed more specifics 28 Nov 2010
By pa/cs - Published on
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I'm glad I ordered this book 'used'. I would have been disappointed if I had spent the original cost of $19.95. I purchased this book with the intention of beginning rug hooking. I have no basic knowledge of this craft. I was a little confused with the dyeing technique. How big is the pot and how much wool am I adding?
Also, in the 'How should the back of my project look?' section, the author tells you to "turn your project over occasionally to make certain that it is smooth and has no loose ends or crossovers....if you see any problems you should correct them immediately." However, there is no explanation on how to correct your problems. Do you cut a crossover stitch or do you have to undo all hooking before or after the crossover? What do I do if I do have loose ends?
And I am still very confused about how to finish off a rug. What am I doing at the corners with the binding tape? Also, she says to "whipstitch rug binding tape onto back of hooked design (see photo B)" Well, photo B shows the rug binding whipstitched on one side and straight stitched on the other side with yarn. There is no mention of the straight stitch and there is no explanation of how to get this yarn through your project without sewing up part of the hooking.
This book leaves certain aspects of rug hooking very confusing! If you are a VERY BEGINNER, like me, look for another beginners book. That's my recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!1 25 Dec 2013
By HS - Published on
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Was just what I was looking for to spark my interest in this hobby! Great instructions and details, very inpressed with the book and I even bought a used one and it was in great shape!
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