Rug hooking today typically uses strips of wool of varying width (1/32 to 1/2 of an inch) that are pulled through a stiff woven backing (burlap, linen, or rug warp) with a tool (rug hook) to form loops.
Variations in color and shading are accomplished with both patterns (solids, plaids, herringbone, etc.) and / or variations in the coloring of the wool (overdyeing, dip dyeing, etc.)
The two broadest classifications are fine rug hooking (typically utilizing wool strips less than 5/32 of an inch wide) and primitive rug hooking (typically utilizing wool strips up to ½ of an inch wide).
In recent decades, rug hookers have been exploring new materials and new techniques. This experimentation (combined with knowledge and respect for the past) has allowed rug hooking to evolve and grow into an exciting and creative form of art. We are excited to be a part of this fun and social craft.
What you need to start rug hooking:
Nice to have: cutting machine with various cutter heads and punch needles.
If you don't find exactly what you want, or would like a product recommendation, please call the shop directly at 800-441-9665 or contact us for assistance.