Hand hooked by Teresa Waldo
Several years back I bought a rug hooking kit on clearance at a craft store. It was pretty and looked like it would be fun to do. But I never got around to doing it until by chance, my path crossed Judy's in several ways, and I soon became hooked on rug hooking.
I first met Judy at a spinning guild meeting and heard that she hooked rugs. I didn't think much more of the hooking business until I came across her book at the library. I checked it out and read it over and over thinking this is something I want to do and it would be perfect to use my odds and ends of leftover wool. I particularly liked the idea of using my own handspun wool in a rug.
About a week after checking out Judy's book I saw her booth and beautiful rugs at Shepherds Extravaganza. After seeing her rugs I wanted to make one of my own. I bought a lap frame, book, hook and linen from her that day.
Once home I decided to drag out the old kit that I had and started hooking on it. This rug is my first finished product. I didn't use all the yarn in the kit; I supplemented with some of my own handspun wool. I followed Judy's directions in her book about hooking and finishing techniques.
My rug sits on the bricks in front of my fireplace in my living room, and I am very proud of it.
I am currently working on my second rug. I drew the "card trick" quilt pattern on linen using Judy's window screen technique. I am happily hooking it with an array of bright wool, both store bought and handspun. Thanks Judy for introducing me to this relaxing craft!
Teresa Waldo, Auburn, WA
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