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Hello rug Hookers,
Thanks to everyone who posted challenge ideas in our forum and to those who contacted me about a 2018 challenge.
In gathering of all of your thoughts here is what I've come up with for a Challenge running to a May 1st 2018 deadline
I've read all of your comments and I'd like to offer a group project that will allow total flexibility, loads of creative licence and a personal connection for everyone.
With this I give you the theme: THIS IS ME - a soul selfie
Your challenge, should you accept, is to create a rug or hanging that represents the essence of - you.
This could be a traditional self portrait or something that is representational.
Think of a moment in time, a place,
a keepsake, a sentiment, a piece of music, a person, people or perhaps an animal that is the essence of you.
Everyone is welcome to join-in be it your 1st or 101st rug.
All of our finished rugs will be presented online somewhere, somehow - we have six months to plan something special for the completion.
There is a group set up on our main page. Come and join us!
Almost all my hooking is done with recycled woolen clothing. The garments go through my washer and dryer, and probably come out with a slighter tighter weave than they started with.I recently bought some small pieces of plaid wool. These are only 3"…Continue
I understand that the MCG textile company is closed.Does anyone know if the linen burlap that they sold has been picked up by another company?Some of us use it almost all of the time because of the weave. If we use #3-#6 cuts all together in a…Continue
Enjoyed viewing categories of rugs (geometry, Easter/Spring theme) on a great Facebook group this past week. Decided to "search" under "all photos" for a particular theme here on RHD. It worked, fun!!! Seems that if a particular word is included in…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 NEW De-Lovely Rug Hooking Frame (lap version shown above
*** now with the option to add more clamps for a drum-tight hold! ***
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 De-Lovely 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/Supplies.html