I began rug hooking just over a year ago. My mother-in-law had done some hooking in the past and had a bunch of unfinished projects, a frame, a cutter, hooks, and some wool in a cupboard in her family room. I asked her if I could borrow some of the tools to try it out, and she gave it all to me! I read a few books, talked with a few experienced hookers and dove in. Before I knew it, I found myself hoarding wool and hiding in my office, hook in hand.
My first project was to finish one that my mother-in-law had started many years ago. She was making a chairpad with a Newfoundland dog on it. When she started it, they had a Newfy boy named Yogi, who was all black with a white patch on his chest. She was hooking it with narrow #4 strips and the dog was fiished, but the background was not. With her permission, I pulled out the background and replaced it with some wool that I found at a Goodwill store. The backing is burlap, but it was fraying, so I put linen behind it and hooked the background through both the linen and burlap for stability. I still have not finished whipstitching the border, but I love the way it turned out.
Christmas Hookin' ~
2 days ago