This is a close up of a section of my first rug. The two biggest mistakes I made and continue to make now and then. Is I hooked to low. You are suppose to hook as high as the stip is wide.
and to close together. My first rug weighs a ton. Lately I have seen a few over hooked rugs.
You are suppose to see holidays (blank spots on the back) if it ripples and doesn't lay flat it is over hooked. Not only does your rug not lay flat it could break the backing. Then you are sunk.
This rug backing is burlap I was lucky it didn't break and I was able to get it to lay flat. I did unhook some to help it lay flat.
I was taught by a very sweet Mcgowan trained older woman.
When my friend and I took our first lesson she asked us what would we like to lean we both said with a big smile "Primitive" She sighed a big sigh handed us a mcgowan pattern catalog for us to shop from
and told us the biggest cut was a six. Sounded ok to me what did I know? We preceded to learn from one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. Sadly she passed away but oh boy would she hate what I learned this past weekend.
I went to a hook-in in Westford Ma. I sat with a few friends it was nice to see Courtney.
We met a lot of very nice ladies and saw some very beautiful rugs.
A new friend showed me how to do hand cut, about a 10. Oh boy is it wide and oh boy is it fun.
This is what I accomplished on Sat. The hardest part is cutting the strips. I need to get in the rhythm of the size and getting it straight. This will end up with Miss Baby.
And speaking of Miss Baby we spent the whole day with her today. So much fun she had us laughing all day. It is so much fun to be Gammie
Fun is over back to work tomorrow.
The town where I grew up has a zip code of E-I-E-I-O...Martin Mull