Rug Hooking 101: A How to Guide for Beginner Rug Hookers

How to Hook Rugs from Start to Finish

A  Free Beginner How to Course in Hooking Rugs

compliments of Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio

Hooking rugs is easy. You can even teach yourself. You pull strips of wool cloth, usually recycled clothing, washed , dried , and torn apart through a burlap or linen backing loop by loop. There are no hard and fast rules. The simplest way to learn is to pick out a kit at our online shop or you can start from scratch.  We have a free instructional video to teach you how to hook. Either way these are the basic steps you will need to know:

My very first hooked rug created in 1990.

Getting Started

The rug above is my very first project. I went off to a meeting of the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild at the Tatamagouche Centre  and Marion Kennedy sold me a kit and and taught me how to hook rugs. As I was hooking, she pointed out some mistakes I was making and I asked her, “Should I pull it out and start again?” She said, “Don’t do that you will learn as you go along. Finish it, that’s your job, finish it.” With less than three square inches of the rug hooked this seemed like a dauntingly  job but it wasn’t. It turned out that as I kept at it , I learned as I went along. I kept her voice in my head, “finish the mat” and  I finished this first project with in a week, and quickly moved on to design my next rug.

Rug Hooking is a simple craft that you can easily teach yourself. I recommend a kit for beginners because you have everything you need to get started.Here are some basic instructions for rug hooking. You can also learn lots more through our online courses or studio workshops.

1. You first fasten your pattern, which is a piece of burlap with a picture drawn upon onto a frame such as a heavy duty quilting hoop, or a stretcher bar.

2. Cut a strip of wool cloth about one quarter an inch wide, and about eight to twelve inches long.

3. Hold your hook in the hand you use to hold your pencil, and the strip of wool in the other hand. Put your hook down through a hole in the burlap backing, and catch the piece of wool, pulling it up thru the burlap. Bring the first end right up through, then continue the hooking pulling it up loop by loop.

4. In primitive hooking , you generally start by outlining an area and then filling it in.

5.Continue hooking until the whole mat is done. Bring all your ends of wool to the surface and clip them evenly with your loops.

6.When you finish your project, cut the excess burlap away from the edge, leaving no more than two inches all around. Use this to bind the rug by folding it and sewing it along the backside of the rug. You can also use cotton twill tape to bind it along the edge.

7.The final stage is to press you rugs with a wet cloth and hot iron on both sides to even out the loops and give your rug a finished look

Videos and How To That Tell You the Basics of Hooking Rugs:

  1. Kits and Frames from the Studio
  2. How to make your rug hooking into a pillow

  3. A Lesson on Binding and Finishing Rugs

  4. How to Assemble a Cheticamp Frame

  5. How to Hang a Hooked Rug

  6. The Art of Rug Hooking Video

Some of the kits from our online shop:

Pitched Roof Starter Pack

Grey Barn in the Field

 

Coastal Girls

You can also learn on our online courses or studio workshops.

Cheticamp Frames

So often we are asked about our Cheticamp frames that are made locally by Brenda’s husband Grant. He cuts down his own trees, dries the wood and makes it all by hand. A local machinist hand makes the gears for us. The frame originated in Cheticamp , Cape Breton as far as I can tell. I got my first Cheticamp Frame about nine months after I started hooking rugs and no other frame has worked as well for me. It is a hand made table stand frame made of solid hardwood.

Today I want to add some instructions about Cheticamp Frames and remind you why I enjoy my frame so much.

About the Frame:

It lets your hands remain free to hold your hook and wool. There is no balancing. The frame acts as a table so your rug hooking is always at the ready and you can sees most of your pattern at once as you hook.

This locally made hardwood frame is 40″ by 18″ and is about 32″ high. You pull a chair up to it and the height of your chair can be adjusted for comfort. It does not tilt but provides a flat table like surface that is taut and makes it easy to hook quickly. The gears come on the frame and allow you to roll a rug so you can hook a rug as long a you want and up to 40″ wide. It dismantles and can be stored under a bed when not in use. The frames coat $250 and shipping costs on this item is $100 in Canada and the US.

Instructions for putting together a Cheticamp Frame

  • You will get two rods, two leg stands, and a solid small metal rod for turning your frame, and some string for tightening the burlap to the cup hooks on the side.
  • Place the legs so that the cup hooks are facing in.
  • You might need an extra pair of hands as you do this. I do it on my own but it is helpful if someone can hold the legs for you as you insert the rods into the holes at the top of the legs.
  • Make sure that you put the rod into the legs so that the gears attached to the rod can connect to the gear locks that are on the frame. They should be able to work together.
  • Put both rods into one of the leg stands, then attach the other leg stand by putting the rods through the hole at the top of the leg stand.
  • The frame will stand now, but will feel wobbly.
  • You can now sew your pattern, using a sharp sewing needle and upholstery thread to the canvas cloth that is attached to the rod. I just use an over/under basting stitch, but I make sure my thread is very strong. That is why I use upholstery thread.
  • Turn you burlap so that the raw edges are folded in as you sew it on.
  • Once the pattern is sewn to both rods, you can use the black metal stick to turn the rods by inserting it in the whole in the rod. This will tighten your pattern.
  • You can also use the twine included to tighten the sides by threading it through the cup hooks and the burlap or linen you have attached to the frame.

    The frame has a set of rods with dowels that insert into the leg stands.

    The gear mechanisms on the leg stands and the rods work together so you must insert the rods into the legs so that the gears can work together

    When you order the frame it comes like this. This is great if you want to store your frame . You can store it under a bed.

 

Deanne Assembles a Cheticamp Frame

Dear Diary, Today in the storm, the mocker, who hardly ever mocks me any more (she says) and I went to the studio and made a video on my iphone, uploaded it to youtube, all by ourselves. I feel like I am four, and let go of my mother’s hand. Well I did have to have a five minute conversation with Hollis Bartlett, who helps me so much with my site after I made a mistake, but still I’m getting somewhere….

Mind you, it’s not a very good video, but it gets the idea across, about how to put together a Cheticamp frame, oh and you can see my new belt that I got at Gordon’s Ladies Wear. I love it.

Free Rug Hooking Course: A How to Guide for Beginner Rug Hookers Online

How to Hook Rugs
from Start to Finish

A  Free Beginner How to Course in Hooking Rugs

compliments of Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio

Hooking rugs is easy. You can even teach yourself. You pull strips of wool cloth, usually recycled clothing, washed , dried , and torn apart through a burlap or linen backing loop by loop. There are no hard and fast rules. The simplest way to learn is to pick out a kit at our online shop or you can start from scratch.  We have a free instructional video to teach you how to hook. Either way these are the basic steps you will need to know:

My very first hooked rug created in 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started

The rug above is my very first project. I went off to a meeting of the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild at the Tatamagouche Centre  and Marion Kennedy sold me a kit and and taught me how to hook rugs. As I was hooking, she pointed out some mistakes I was making and I asked her, “Should I pull it out and start again” She said, “Don’t do that you will learn as you go along. Finish it, that’s your job, finish it.” With less than three square inches of the rug hooked this seemed like a dauntingly  job but it wasn’t. It turned out that as I kept at it , I learned as I went along. I kept her voice in my head, “finish the mat” and I finished this first project with in a week, and quickly moved on to design my next rug.

Rug Hooking is a simple craft that you can easily teach yourself. I recommend a kit for beginners because you have everything you need to get started.Here are some basic instructions for rug hooking. You can also learn lots more through our online courses or studio workshops.

1. You first fasten your pattern, which is a piece of burlap with a picture drawn upon onto a frame such as a heavy duty quilting hoop, or a stretcher bar.

2. Cut a strip of wool cloth about one quarter an inch wide, and about eight to twelve inches long.

3. Hold your hook in the hand you use to hold your pencil, and the strip of wool in the other hand. Put your hook down through a hole in the burlap backing, and catch the piece of wool, pulling it up thru the burlap. Bring the first end right up through, then continue the hooking pulling it up loop by loop.

4. In primitive hooking , you generally start by outlining an area and then filling it in.

5.Continue hooking until the whole mat is done. Bring all your ends of wool to the surface and clip them evenly with your loops.

6.When you finish your project, cut the excess burlap away from the edge, leaving no more than two inches all around. Use this to bind the rug by folding it and sewing it along the backside of the rug. You can also use cotton twill tape to bind it along the edge.

7.The final stage is to press you rugs with a wet cloth and hot iron on both sides to even out the loops and give your rug a finished look

Videos and How To That Tell You the Basics of Hooking Rugs:

  1. A How to Hook Rugs Video Step by step
  2. Rug Hooking Instructions for Beginners How to Hook Rugs ….Step by Step
  3. Kits and Frames from the Studio
  4. Frequently asked Questions for Beginners

  5. How to Finish and Bind a Hooked Rug  Video

  6. A Lesson on Binding and Finishing Rugs by Brenda Clarke

  7. How to Assemble a Cheticamp Frame

  8. How to Hang a Hooked Rug

  9. The Art of Rug Hooking Video

 

Some of the kits from our online shop

 

 

 

 

 

You can also learn on our  online courses or studio workshops.

 

Deanne assembles A Cheticamp Frame

Dear Diary, Today in the storm, the mocker, who hardly ever mocks me any more (she says) and I went to the studio and made a video on my iphone, uploaded it to youtube, all by ourselves. I feel like I am four, and let go of my mother’s hand. Well I did have to have a five minute conversation with Hollis Bartlett, who helps me so much with my site after I made a mistake, but still I’m getting somewhere….

Mind you, it’s not a very good video, but it gets the idea across, about how to put together a Cheticamp frame, oh and you can see my new belt that I got at Gordon’s Ladies Wear. I love it.