Thursday, November 16, 2017

What Kind of Hooking is This?

That was a question a new reader asked me today.  She wasn't sure if it was latch hook, locker hooking or what.  
Above is my design of a crow with berry mat which was hooked Magdalena style.  

Indiefamilygirl, I would have replied to you personally but you are a "No-REPLY Blogger".  So even if I hit the reply button you wouldn't have received the message.  If you can't figure out how to add your email to your personal blogger info next time use the 'contact me' box on my blog.  That way reply messages can be sent to you.

So the answer to her question is.... this is TRADITIONAL RUG HOOKING as our fore-mothers used to hook rugs.  While we traditionally now use mostly wool, the women back then would use whatever textiles they had on hand to make a rug.  Actually, mixed media is also done today but the hook is different than the top two in the photo below. 

Below is a sampling of different hooks.
Top left is a latch hook; I have NEVER used it, don't know how to use it  and only have it to show people.  To the right of it is a locker hook which I've never used either.  Both of those styles just don't appeal to me.

The two hooks in the middle are antique hooks which are nails filed down to make a hook , then embedded into a hand carved piece of wood.  This is what our fore-mothers used and after finding them in the antique store HAD to come home and walk in their shoes...uh, make that hook from her hand.

The bottom hook is a Hartman hook which is my very favorite.  I have several back-ups in case I lose or misplace one.  That happened at Ocean City and bought yet another Hartman from Betsy.  Later did find the lost one which had rolled under the bed.

Tomorrow will continue with the Ocean City rug camp and show those few photos I have of the 'throw down'.



  1. That crow is a really cool pattern. Ir reminds me of a painting. The colors are well balanced for an overall pleasant effect.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. a favorite rug of's always fun when people see hooked rugs for the first time...especially when they fall in love and want to make their own...

  3. Love this desigm
    N and how u hooked it,,,,,
    Good explanation , saundra!
    So exciting , if this girl starts,,,,
    Hope ur ok!?
    Thinking of you,,

  4. Hi Saundra,
    Love this rug and always love seeing the Magdalena style!! Great question and great answer!! Do you ever wonder what those early rug hookers would do with all that we are able to use today? We certainly have it so much easier than they did!!! Thinking of you!!
    Heart Hugs~

  5. Hi Saundra,
    Leaving another comment to let you know that all you have is a PUBLISH button!!! Seems fine to me!!!
    Heart Hugs~


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