This month’s post is PACKED full of info, so keep on scrolling.
We’ve covered the basics for hemming your projects, but never gone over the steps for making a hooked mat into a pillow, so I’ll take you through the steps below.
Then you can read about our new Mushroom Rug Hook, the best one I’ve tried so far. Then other fun stuff like did you know you can order your copy of T-Shirt Treasures now (see link below)? You can read about this month’s Featured Rug and find out how blog subscribers can save 20% on the design. I’ve got a show in Monroe, WA this month, and don’t forget that for every $50 you spend between now and November 25, 2018 you’ll be entered to win the Antique Flower Rug (holiday shopping anyone?)! And I’ll close with some thoughts on contacting me via email.
But first, here’s how you make your hooked mat into a pillow. First I’ll show the basic way, then a fancier way, if you prefer.
If you want to be really fancy, you can bind the edge of your hooked mat first, just as if you were making a floor rug. Then follow the steps above to sew the backing on.
Introducing The Mushroom Rug Hook!
I know what you’re thinking. “That’s the weirdest rug hook I’ve ever seen!”
It’s also the most comfortable, ergonomic hook I’ve ever tried.
There’s lots of hooks on the market, in every shape imaginable, from fancy wood handles to curved hooks (the metal part). They can get spendy, too (up to $40). Most of those hooks have longer, narrower handles. But this one is designed to be perfect for rug hooking. Why? Because the wider end gives me more to push against with my palm, and since my fingers are naturally curved around it, no effort is required to hold onto the hook when I’m pulling it up.
The metal part is 2 mm, which is perfect for all types of backing. It’s my ideal hook. At only ten bucks, it’s a great deal.
T-Shirt Treasures is available now. It’s everything you need to know if you want to try hooking durable, machine-washable, beautiful heirloom rugs with T-shirts!
Even though the book is out now, I’m still interested in adding new T-shirt rugs to future editions, so if you have hooked, are hooking, or are thinking of hooking a T-shirt rug, please send me your photos!
The Featured Rug of the Month at Little House rugs is the Hearts Rug, done up here with the multi-colored hit-or-miss background. What a fun way to use up leftover yarn! Blog subscribers can get the Hearts Rug pattern on linen, custom kit (in your choice of colors) and the Special Package (custom kit, hook and Joy of Hooking With Yarn!) all for 20% off, but only until October 31.
I’m going to have a booth at Fiber Fusion October 20 and 21 in Monroe, WA. It’s my last show of the year, so come and say “hi!”
It’s not too late to get yourself entered to win the Antique Flower Rug (a $550 value). For every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2018, you’ll be entered to win this rug. Good luck!
On E-mailing me: I have noticed over the last couple of years that when I respond to an email, sometimes I get another email from the person, wondering if I got the first one! Yikes! And those are the people who thought to ask. I assume there’s lots of other people who never heard back from me and just thought I was ignoring them!
So clearly, some of my responses are getting bumped because of spam filters. There’s two things you can do if you want to email me (or if you want my reply to get to you!): One, be sure you include your phone number on the contact form and two, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list. You’d think that a spam program could recognize that you sent me an email, and thereby realize that you kinda wanted me to reply, but I’m no tech wizard. Their magic is beyond my pay grade.
Whew! I guess that’s it for this month. Happy Hooking everyone!