Rug Hooking for the first time

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9780806993874: Rug Hooking for the first time

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 décor-a Teddy Bear Pillow goes naturally with a matching Wall Hanging and Floor Rug. And there's a lot more, too, from table mats and purses to an unusually shaped Welcome Rug.

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Once again, Chapelle Studios has its finger on the pulse of America, this time spotlighting the art of rug hooking. Californian Lovelady acts as guide, narrating via a familiar format of basics, techniques, questions and answers, and gallery of artists' examples. The work here, 24 projects as demonstrated through Q&As, is definitely and defiantly primitive, reminiscent of the outsider art popularized in the last 10 or so years. There are all sorts of simple shapes, like hearts and bears and houses, as well as more complicated forms, such as a 3-D doll. Most are finished as rugs or wall hangings; a few--a ladybug purse, for instance--transcend "cuteness" into attractive utilitarianism. Everything's readied for the first-timer, from color photographs to information on hooks, frames, wools, and dyeing, among other topics. Just supply the actual materials. Barbara Jacobs
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