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The art of rug hooking has nearly 200 years of history. It blends art and craft. Rug making techniques allow for colourful and detailed patterns. It gives people a way to exhibit their artistic skills via a time-honoured tradition. With such intricate and beautiful designs, many of these rugs are treated like paintings and hung on walls for everyone to see.


Rug hooking is a simple process. It requires pulling strips of wool individually through a linen backing. The secret to improving your skill on this craft is having the correct supplies, tips, and inspiration. Craft club online store has an extensive collection of rug hooking kits that will get you hooked literally. Get started on this fantastic craft now and start doing beautiful projects you can show off to friends and family.

What is rug hooking?

Early forms of hook rugs were found in England back in the 19th century. Mill workers took tiny scraps from the mill. These were usually broad pieces of yarn. They pulled them through a backing to form a rug.

Modern-day rug hooking developed on the upper East Coast of the US. Enterprising women began to utilise materials to make intricate rugs.

Burlap is a readily available backing material. It came from leftover grain and feed bags. Fabric scraps that couldn’t be used elsewhere, such as wool strips, were often used to create these rugs. Yarn isn’t a material of choice since it was reserved for knitting.

Modern era rug hooking primarily uses strips of wool. The pioneer of this practice is Pearl McGown. She single-handedly revived the craft back in the 1930s. She may have probably saved rug hooking from disappearing altogether. You can start making incredible rugs by purchasing rug hooking kits from Craft Club. Fresh and modern designs that are beginner-friendly are available on Craft Club’s online store. Everything you need to make a rug is included in the kit, including detailed instructions making it easy for you to finish an entire project in no time.

How can I learn rug hooking?

To start, stretch the material over a frame. Keep it tight and even as you can. This will help you create loops that are consistent and uniform.

Take the first wool strip and hold it beneath the backing in your non-dominant hand. Using your dominant hand push the hook through the backing. Put the end of the wool strip onto the hook’s end. Catch it and pull it back through so the tail goes through. It would help if you had a quarter of an inch of the end showing.

Push the hook through the hole which is next to the end you pulled up. Use your fingers to push the strip underneath the backing. Grasp it with the hook and pull a loop about a quarter of an inch above the surface. Release the loop from the hook. Afterwards, put the hook into the next hole and begin again. Make sure that your loop sizes are the same.

Skip to the next hole to prevent your wool from being too close-fitting. This keeps your rug from being flat. Try to keep your holes spaced uniformly across your pattern. It would help if you were hooking two holes and skipping one.

Once you complete a strip, there will be a bit of wool at the end. But from the side, it should look clean and uniform.

Progress to the next strip. Pull it through the hole you pulled the tail in the previous strip. Push the end of the new wool strip close to the tail of the original. Release, then insert the hook into the hole near the two tails. Tug a loop level to the first strip, then release it. Reach and put a loop into the next hole. Repeat this process: skip a hole and pull up the tails as you progress through the pattern.

Once you’re finished, cut off the excess backing. You need to bind the rug by folding and sewing it along the underside of the rug.

Tips and tricks

The best way to start learning rug hooking is to practice with rug hooking kits simply. After a period, you will be perfecting your technique, and it will have become second nature. You will find that you can take on more challenging patterns as you develop your technique and skill.

  • Finish the outline of the pattern first, then go back to fill it in.
  • Stay within the line to avoid distorting the design. This is crucial, especially with more challenging patterns.
  • Start with several loops in the centre, moving in a concentric row outward. It can be challenging to keep the rug flat and the rows; this is critical.

Working underneath the backing surface can result in twisted strips. This is common in the beginning but should be mitigated with practice.

If a strip breaks pull the end to the surface. Trim it and start in the same hole with your next strip.

Do you need a little push to get started on a creative hobby? Need a bit of inspiration? Crafty kits from Craft Club will give you the kick you need. We provide you with the convenience of online shopping to get started on your craft in no time.

Craft Club’s rug hooking kits are simple and easy to follow. We want to make sure that beginner crafters can start and finish one of our modern projects in no time. Our rug hooking kit will come with everything you need to get started. It will include fabric, coloured strands, wooden hoops, needles and detailed instructions. Get started with your very own craft kit today and beat lockdown boredom.

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