Posted by: Laura Pierce | April 3, 2020

Some of Laura’s Rug Hooking Tips

1 2008 3Crow Rose 150

‘3 Crow Rose’ designed and hooked by Laura Pierce 2008

Use what you need!
1 more loop or not!  Don’t pack your loops; 1 more loop can distort your design.  Don’t finish the strip ‘just cause’, don’t squeeze in 1 more loop; use what you need and cut.

(I distorted my big crow’s beak… by putting in 1 too many #8 loops.  Someday, I will rehook it.)

‘An end, a loop and an end’
In wide-cut, every loop is visible and every end counts for something too.  An end can be the tip of a leaf, the tail of a paisley or the last bit of a smile!

2011 Cathys Tulips 150cln

‘Cathy’s Tulips” designed and hooked by Laura Pierce 2011

(Several leaf tips in ‘Cathy’s Tulips’ are just the end of a strip.  Ends can be used to make a line of colour, or light, or dark.)

‘Random Fill’ or ‘Higgledy-Piggledy’!
Michelle Silver calls it ‘2 o-clock 4 o-clock’; Monika Jones calls it ‘messy hooking’. Using wide-cut, we twist each loop away from the previous.  I call it ‘Random Fill’ and find that I have to use a 90 degree turn in my hook, traveling back and forth at an angle, going this way and that; it is a great technique for blending colours and values.  It gives you freedom from orderly loops; you can put ‘em where you need ‘em!  In backgrounds, it blends spots and makes a great texture.

(‘Cathy’s Tulips’ also illustrates the difference between straight hooking and random fill.  the background is 1 piece of spot dyed wool, but the random fill technique allows easy blending.  The glass table is hooked straight across which gives it a flat look reflecting the sky and vase.)

3 2009 Harvest Moon 150c

‘Harvest Moon’ designed and hooked by Laura Pierce 2009

(The moon in this pattern is about 10″ tall; a lot of going around hooking. I much prefer the random fill technique as it blends and creates a mottled look.)

‘Beauty line and Signature’
Hook in your signature and the date in subtle colours.  Before you get to the edge, hook an outline around your piece, often called a ‘beauty line’; it makes it easier to finish the edge.

(I like to sign my rugs; in the hooked part and on the back with a label.  A ‘beauty line’ is a line hooked around the edge of your rug.  Do this before you get to the edge, so you can hook up to it.  Sometimes the beauty line can be a complimentary colour, sometimes it can match the area next to it, and sometimes I’ll use bits of scrap colour from the rug.)

2012 Rose Eye Crow cln150

‘Rose Eye Crow’ designed and hooked by Laura Pierce 2012

(This rug has 2 ‘beauty lines’ because after finishing the inside part, I decided to keep going; adding a border to break into!)

(All of these rugs have my signature, but no date. The date is on the label, but I may start hooking it into my rugs again.)


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