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Hi! I'm trying to find a visual of the McGown pattern called Flowers of the Holy Land, any help is appreciated. There is an article about it in a McGown Newsletter in 1980, but I only have McGown Newsletters starting in 1982.... thank you for any…Continue
Started by Lori Rokusek in OPEN Discussion on Monday.
Hi,I was wondering if anyone would be interested in rug hooking together in Findlay Ohio or anywhere withing a 25 mile radiu? I love to hook and dye wool and spin and dye yarn. I am mostly a primitive hooker but would like to see more styles. …Continue
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Hello rug Hookers,Today i'm wondering, do you keep records of your work?Do you record your finished rugs, techniques that you've tried, dye formulas that you've used or materials that you have on hand?What method of record keeping works for you?Continue
"The great thing about this frame is that I don't have to bend my neck to
look down at my lap. It also gives me more freedom in the way I sit (I
can even rug hook in bed!). The red padding you see in the middle is
there because I noticed that I leaned my wrist against that cross-bar,
so I thought it would be nice if it was soft. So it does everything my
original frame does, it just saves my neck from fatigue and stiffness."
Introducing the Playing Hookey Deluxe Rug Hooking Frame (lap version shown above)
This new frame came about after a conversation I had with a customer a couple of months back. She seemed interested in learning to hook, but she told me that she had broken her neck, and wouldn’t be able to look down in her lap the way we usually do. She asked if there were any upright frames that could be used for rug hooking.
What a fantastic idea, I thought! I don’t have a broken neck or anything, but I do get that common neck fatigue and stiffness after long hours of rug hooking. I knew she was onto something. (I wish I would have thought to take her name so I could thank her. Well, if you’re reading this today, kind person, you know who you are!)
It took a couple of months of trial and error, fiddling with the design to find that sweet spot where the rug is at a good angle, and is high enough that I don’t have to bend my neck, but not so high that my arms get tired. In every other way, the Deluxe frame does what the original Playing Hookey frame does; it converts from a lap frame to a floor frame, it collapses down so it’s easy to throw in a bag, and it works whether I am hooking with yarn or fabric strips.
Just by slipping in the longer legs, the lap frame converts to a floor frame.
And like the original Playing Hookey Frame, you can also cut yourself a set of longer legs, so you can stand while rug hooking. We all know that sitting too much isn’t good for our health, so it’s good to know that without even taking your rug off the frame, you can slip in the long legs and get up on your feet. The standing frame legs (shown above) don’t come with the Playing Hookey Deluxe Frame, mainly because the postage would be exorbitant, and pvc pipe is inexpensive and easy to cut to the desired lengths. Plus, the length of the pipes depends on the artist’s height, so they would be different for everyone. I am 5’6″, so for me, I needed two 38.5″ pipes for the back and two 42.5″ pipes for the front.
This is definitely my preferred frame, and will continue to be until someone comes along with a better idea! You can order the new frame at http://www.littlehouserugs.com/Frame-page.html.