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Friday, February 24, 2006

Locker Hook Rug Making

Locker Hook Rugs are simple to make. All you need is a locker hook, hook rug canvas, and some strips of fabric scraps and yarn or cotton string.
The locker hook looks like a crochet hook with a large eye on the other end. The eye end of the hook is threaded with yarn or string, which locks the loops in place.
You can get the locker hook at Walmart for $3.97 and they have a 36" x 60" rug canvas for $8.97. There is also a book you might like, Kathleen's Fabric Locker Hooking for $17.97. For other books and free heart and star patterns go to:
In my rug as pictured there are 27 different strips of fabric, about half from Walmart and half from Rag Shop. (See picture below.)
The fabric was cut 1 inch wide from selvage to selvage and all the colors made 8 or 9 rows and the row is 33 inches long. I have not yet determined the final width.
The colors were taken from the two 3-D paper tole pictures my mother-in-law made from some cards I had found. (see 6/10/05 HP posting) These pictures are hung in the main bathroom and that is where the rug will go. I'll make two of them.
It takes 8 to 10 yards of fabric to make a rug ranging in size from 27" x 20" to 32" x 21" . (You can check the book mention above.)
You can find many sites with information and supplies by putting Locker Hook Rugs in your search engine.
Rugmaker's Homestead - Rag Rugs Tour is a great site to view all kinds of rug making. At this site go to # 11 - Anchored Loop Rugs

To see the two completed rugs go to the April 18, 2007 posting.

*Wash rugs on the gentle cycle and then after it's done you can reset it to just the spin cycle on the normal wash to wring out the rest of the water. (This is for a top loading machine with a agitator. I don't know about a front loading machine.)


Blogger marysews said...

When doing an internet search, keep in mind that Locker Hooks are also called Latch Hooks.

A front-load washing machine extracts even more water than a top-loading machine. Having no central agitator, it's highly unlikely to pull things apart.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A locker hook is different though from a latch hook. Yes, a front loader would be easier on the rugs but for those with top loaders the washing-extracting method has to be adjusted.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latch hook is completely different from locker hooking. I didn't realize it took that much yardage of fabric. Even buying the fabric on sale, or with coupons, or buying remnants, it makes it an expensive rug, in my opinion. Thank you you sharing the info on locker hooking. Appreciated.

9:02 AM  
Blogger DSL said...

Yes, It does take a lot of fabric to make one and best to use your scraps or if you have cotton clothes you want to cut into strips to recycle. Since it is only the color that is seen it doesn't much matter what the print is on the fabric.I still am using these rugs in my bathroom 9 years later!!
Debbie Sharp Loeb

6:02 PM  

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