Thanks to a couple of my newbie rug hooking followers I've had a couple questions asked. This is great to be able to actually help with subjects presently in the mind of someone.
Question: "How do you hook a circle... do you start on the outer edges or in the middle".
Answer: You start the circle just inside the line drawing (not on the line) so that the circle or motif won't swell to a larger size. Here are two rugs to demonstrate; first is Lollipop Bouquet, a design attributed to Magdalena Briner (with a flash). The circles (all 66 of them) measure between 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter. They were all hooked using #8 wool strips (1/4" wide strip).
And a close up of some circles shows some closer hooked strips if the wool was thin and more rounded if the wool was a nice lofty strip.
Another rug with circles is Crow Sampler, a design by Ali Strebel. I did, however, take some creative license as I put the circles all around the perimeter of the rug and not just the top half of the rug. Here is the rug in full view.
Here is a close up of some hooked circles. Again, the circles were 1 1/4" in diameter and were hooked using #8 (1/4") wool strips. I hooked just inside the line, came around and ended my strip in the same hole where I started with the tail up. Then I'd start my next color starting in a different location than where the other color was started. Usually I go for the opposite side to start the other color. Then the center was a tail up, loop and tail up.
Answer: Cut size is a matter of personal preference..... HOWEVER, some designs do dictate how narrow the cut should be. I like primitive designs but if it is an eye of a dog (take for instance Shadow) I hooked the eye in a smaller cut than the #8 I used for her hair, nose, etc.
The numbers refer to the (width) of a wool strip. Cutter manufacturers assign numbers to them and that is why I refer to the #8 (my first desired strip size) and my new favorite is the #8.5. Here is a breakdown in incremental measurements that will help you understand the WIDTH of a strip:
· #2 cut = (2/32-inch) = 1/16-inch
· #3 cut = (3/32-inch)
· #4 cut = (4/32-inch) = 1/8-inch
· #5 cut = (5/32-inch)
· #6 cut = (6/32-inch)
· #7 cut = (7/32-inch)
· #8 cut = (8/32-inch) = 1/4-inch
· #8.5 cut = (10/32-inch)
· #9 cut = (12/32-inch) = 3/8-inch
· #10 cut = (16/32-inch) = 1/2-inch
And there is another part of Annie's question which I will answer on another post as this is getting rather lengthy.
If anyone has questions they'd like answered, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great evening everyone.