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The art of rug hooking
Mather, Anne D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT850 .M39 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Whether placed on the floor to muffle the sound of footsteps, or hung on the wall as a piece of art for all to admire, hooked rugs have a long and splendid tradition. Women would meet, sharing friendship as they worked, and they aimed for practicality even more than perfection. In primitive examples, rugmakers sometimes even changed colors in midstream when they'd run out! Pore through a magnificent gallery of color photos of rugs old and new, and then use these patterns and techniques to make your own. A complete primer fills you in on basic supplies (hooks, wool, and hoops); preparing your fabric elementary "stitches" and loops; and whereto find patterns and design ideas. Follow the general "do's and don'ts" list to save time and effort; you'll find advice on when to cut wool where in the rug to begin hooking, how to fill in the design, and finishing off. There's even advice on how to display the finished product!

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Booklist Review

There is something about quilting bees and rug-hooking klatches that make for wonderful works of art. Maybe it is the camaraderie, the group learning, and even the quiet hum as every member concentrates on a specific task. Whatever the reason, southerner Mather has captured the spirit--and the how-tos--of these crafting teams. Much of the book is devoted to either instructions or inspirations; the first section, for instance, broadcasts a parade of rugs with simple unrhymed poetry explaining the history and the process. Section two covers the equipment, do's and don'ts, stitching and dyeing techniques, with some handy references and folk wisdom (e.g., repeat a color at least three times) thrown in. Projects are sparse (three in total) as are patterns (only six), but the real value is the promotion of a much-loved art for contemporary society. Barbara Jacobs