I am continuing my rug hooking project and a few of you had questions on my hooking technique and frame. For this rug I am punch hooking using a Rugcrafter’s Tufting Tool. I am using long strips of wool in a 7 cut (a scant 1/4″ wide). The linen backing is stretched on a frame that has carpet tack strips instead of gripper strips. These are dangerously sharp, so after the backing is in place they are carefully covered with a double thickness of wool. My frame is sitting on saw horses.
The tufting tool was created to use with rug yarn, but I find that I can hook with wool strips if they are cut thin enough to pass through the tip. I like to punch hook as a change of pace from traditional rug hooking. I like standing as I work, and appreciate using a different set of muscles to give my hands a break.
There is a rhythmic motion to the tufting process, as the tool glides over the backing. It takes some practice to get the knack of walking the tufting tool without pushing the tool down or pushing it ahead.
With punch hooking you work from the back of the rug. All the ends are pushed to the front. Here I am using my scissors to push the ends through. Here is a good view of the tufting tool. Recognize it? You have probably seen one before at the thrift store.
Flip the frame over to the finished side so that you can trim the ends. This is a quick overview of the tufting technique. In a later post I will go into more detail.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen