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I’ve had quite a few customers ask me if our new Delovely Frame would work for punch hooking, and I’ve had to answer that I didn’t know because I don’t do punch hooking. Well, that was easy enough to remedy; I ordered a cute little trivet kit from Wooly Walkers.
The kit was a blast to do, the punch needle was easy to master. And the answer to the question is yes, the frame does work for punch hooking! You do need the extra set of clamps, but I found the Delovely held the backing just as tight as any embroidery hoop would do. But the real question was whether the clamps would hold as well over hooked areas and non-hooked areas, so to find out, I expanded the design to make it more pillow-sized.
Here you can see that the lower clamp is covering an area that is already hooked, but the backing is plenty tight to allow me to keep on punching. So my conclusion is that you can definitely use the Delovely Frame for punching! This could be really handy if you want to punch larger projects and don’t want to have to stretch the backing over a wooden frame. Now you can take your rug with you, and punch wherever.
Here’s the finished mat. Just for fun I punched with every type of yarn that I use for hooking, Ewenique, Jacob’s Pride, handspun, Halcyon Deco and Botanica (Halcyon Rug Wool wouldn’t fit in my #9 punch needle), Cascade Ecological, Peace Fleece and Heirloom Romney. They all worked just great.
The Whale Rug was won by Melissa Rodgers of Clayton, CA. Congratulations, Melissa!
Bet you’re wondering what rug we’re going to be giving away during 2018? Ta daa!
For every $50 that you spend at Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2018, you will be entered to win the Antique Flower Rug, hooked with handspun and hand-dyed yarns (valued at $480!). (If you purchase $100, you will be entered twice, $150 three times, etc.) It’s my way of saying Thank You to all my lovely customers. Good luck!
If you would like to read more about the Antique Flower Rug, click on our Featured Rug of the Month.
Happy Hooking everyone!