July ’15 Update: My latch-hooked pillow took a first place at the county fair!
Our Homemakers Club was scheduled to have a lesson on rag rugs this month. Not a one of us has ever made a rag rug, but we were all game to try! I crocheted a rag rug recently, and very much enjoyed both the process and the finished product, but our hostess had a different style in mind.
The one she chose for us is kind of a shag rag rug, with each bit of rag poked through the holes in the kind of canvas they use for latch-hooking, and then tied to keep it in place. I confess, I was looking at all those little holes and thinking, “That’s a heck of a lot of tying!”
I didn’t think of it till the morning of the meeting. “I wonder if a latch-hook would work?” I haven’t used one since I was a kid, so I wasn’t sure, but I picked a few up on my way to the meeting. Lucky thing, because it worked great! At least, it worked on woven fabric. One of us was recycling t-shirts and they were a bit too stretchy to pull through with the hook.
First things first: How big should those little bits of fabric be? I’m using pieces 5″ long and 3/4″ wide. They are forming an extremely thick and dense mat. I like it, but if it was a throw rug, people would trip on it. I’m going to turn it into a very textured throw pillow instead. I made some samples of other sizes, just to see how they’d turn out. From left to right above, they are 4″ x 1/2″, 5″ x 3/4″, and 5″ x 1/2″.
It seems to me that 5″ x 1/2″ on the right is too long. They’re too floppy to me. But maybe it works better in a bigger swatch. I like the look better when I cut them down to 4″, as seen on the left. Less floppiness. And the middle is the size I’m using, which is extremely plush. I like that, too.
I’m just using a simple diagonal stripe pattern. White muslin, and three different print fabrics I’ve had in my stash for years. Time to use them up, yes? My stripes are four squares wide, as you can see, but the top is so dense, it’s harder to see, what with them all being squished together.
Do you know how to use a latch-hook? I’m going to insert a gallery here, in the interests of space. Click if you’d like to see the images with instructions in the captions.
There now. That was easy, yes? And surpisingly fun. And addictive. I could sit here all day, hooking away.
So how about it? Ready to make a pretty little hooked rag rug?