Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've been fascinated with locker hooking since Vicki posted about her project some time ago. It's a craft where you take strips of fabric, "hook" them through a mesh canvas, and then "lock" them down by running a cotton string through the loops. There's not a lot on information on locker hooking on the web, but this site, which sells supplies, including patterns, also has a very useful tutorial that can get you started.
You use up a lot of strips of fabric in this craft. I of course have lots of fabric, and some of it is even already in strips, but instead, I'm using up old cotton curtains, sheets and pillowcases that are worn thin, faded, or even holey. It's easy to cut the 1" strips with a rotary cutter and ruler.
I ordered my canvas and needle from an eBay vendor. It was a big canvas, so I cut it in half for my first rug. I like the way these random colors work together. For my next rug I will probably use the pre-printed grid to do a checkerboard or other similar pattern. A lot of simple quilt patterns could easily be used to make patterns.
Other items one could make with this craft include place mats, table runners, and handbags. I find it relaxing and easy to do. Working a random pattern like this one takes little thought.
I've seen starter kits with a locker hooking needle and canvas bundled with recent books on Amazon. That would be another way to get started. You probably have plenty of fabric strips itching to be rugs too.