I love it when a follower asks me a question. This morning in my email was a question about whether or not one can hook on wool. Kindly she commented she values my opinion so thought to ask before taking the "I can do that" attitude and buying something she can't.
Truth is you can hook on wool if it is the right kind of wool. While I've never hooked on wool (until today) did buy this cute pocket type purse on ebay from a hooker who did a great job. It is fully lined and she did a great job hooking thru the wool. I've had this pocket a few years and do not remember from whom it was purchased. But if the person who made it would comment I'll give you credit and compliment you personally on your work and my enjoyment.
When I took my thumb and rubbed back and forth to freshen the wool you can see some threads of the wool were split. Again it was a tight weave and it had been a piece of clothing so not sure if it was a wool mix or not, but am guessing so.
Pulled another piece of wool which is hookable. Originally it was a cream color with dashes which is overdyed. Me thinks this is a Rebecca Erb wool, but am sure several providers offer hookable wool. Pulling loops on this piece of wool was effortless.
But when I rubbed the area with my thumb you can barely see any distress at all. This would be important in the event you wanted to reverse hook a motif. You'd want a sturdy, easy and heal-able piece of wool on which to hook. This was such a piece.
Ali Strebel and hooked by Karen Thompson.
IF you are considering buying a kit from someone ask to see the wool which will be used for the foundation fabric. Also, there are several reputable people who sell wool, sell kits, experienced hookers and know which wool works for foundation hooking. The people at Heavens to Betsy, The Wool Studio (ask for Rebecca), and Dorr are experienced sellers so would know immediately which wool would be good to use as a foundation.
Teachers should also have a working knowledge and experience with hooking on their wool. So ask for examples. Or if you are at a camp ask the teacher to show you what a strip of wool hooks in a piece of wool you are interested in buying.
Remember, you hold the purse. You are the buyer and you want to know what you are getting.
Don't know if any of this has helped anyone else but it was a fun experiment for me. So readers, or FOLLOWERS (hopefully) please feel free to ask questions. Must mention tho, if you use GOOGLE and post your question I'll bet you get lots of links to numerous choices and not just mine. Not that I'm trying to chase you away, but to give you options.
Hope you have a great evening everyone, TGIF. But for me every day is a weekend.