Hooking & Braiding
Joan Moshimer and Verna Cox
This DVD on Hooking and Braiding is a "must see" for both beginners and experienced rug makers alike.
Joan Moshimer, publisher of numerous how-to rug hooking books and Verna Cox, whose rug making artistry is world renown, have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind teaching DVD. Joan and Verna have put over 70 years of teaching experience together to give you all the creative secrets andstep-by-step techniques used to create beautifully crafted hooked and braided rugs. Never before has any instructional DVD so comprehensively covered the marriage of these two so complimentary art forms.
This DVD is four hours long and is loaded with important information on both Hooking and Braiding. The first half of the DVD is on the hooking while the second is on the braiding. For many years there has been a definite division in the two crafts. Hooking requires a patience in creating an art form. Designs are drawn on the backing fabric, wool is color dyed in many shades to allow the hooked art piece to have the needed values. It is created with a hook, similar to a crochet hook but with a handle. It is a detailed craft and takes much time to create a rug. The fabric used is a fine quality skirting wool that is woven firm enough so that it can be cut in narrow 1/8" strips without frying or breaking. It is a definite work of art.
There are two styles of rug-hooking Traditional and Primitive. The traditional rug usually flowers and scrolls using fine wool fabrics hand dyed and cut into 1/8" strips. Even though the primitive is also hooked, it is done with many types of fabrics and in many cases with a larger hook. The patterns are more primitive in design. The art work is less exacting and is usually outlined.
This DVD explains the tools needed, information about special fabrics, the art of color dying, the frames needed to support the hooked rug while being worked on and the art of finishing a rug. In this DVD, the rug center that Joan created is used as an example for attaching a braid around a rug. Verna then covers all of the steps of the braiding while Joan aks questions that most braiders ask. You will find that even though you will get information for the advanced student, you also get the information for the beginner.
Looks very informative. I no longer have living relatives that I can question about these crafts. My mother was an artist and a talented seamstress. She taught me all she knew before she passed, and I'm looking forward to doing something creative and useful again!