I finished my first wool strip rug hooking project... the '3 sheep' rug, on the weekend. I have to say that I am very proud of myself. I have even put the binding on (with thanks to the internet)!
I am currently designing my next pattern. It will be a geometric style rug allowing me to use lots of different colours... very excited about starting it! I figured it was a good idea to keep practicing before I spend the dollars on buying a kit from the US.
I first started rug hooking by using yarn. I found this quite a challenge as I kept splitting the wool. We had our get together last month and I found out (with help from the lovely Joy) that my technique was not right. I wasn't getting the correct tension. The yarn rug was put aside (for the moment) and out came a kit that I purchased from the US. Once I started working with the wool strips, and the correct technique, everything came together. I was truly hooked! My rug hooking frame rotates, which I found very helpful, no need to twist and turn. I must confess though... I have 'hookers arm'. I must wear long sleeves and avoid the bare strips on the frame! Nothing a bit of Olay cream won't fix!
I guess my tip is, as a beginner, to relax and enjoy the journey! Holding your first completed rug is such a wonderful sense of achievement.
Now... onto project number two!
Here is a picture of the new venture. I have pencilled the design and if anyone has any tips/ideas, please let me know.