I love my rug hooking floor frame. A good sturdy frame that has many adjustments for height and tilt is important for most projects. Gripper strip teeth that are mounted at an angle sloping away along the outer edges makes for a better fabric grip. Also notice that these teeth are mitered and fit into the corners. On many frames the teeth stop at the corners, leaving an open space that seems to catch on your sleeves or skin (ouch!).
My little tool of the day is for cleaning the gripper teeth.
This one was given to me by a thoughtful rug hooking friend. It is nice and small, with long bent wire bristles that reach all the way down into your gripper strip teeth. After hooking on a gripper strip frame, there is a build up of threads that can keep the teeth from getting a good grab. They also look messy. Brush through the teeth away from the center of the frame to get every little bit.
If you can’t find my little tool, a good runner up product is a wire dog brush. It has very similar teeth and works nicely to clean your frame.
Now that your frame is all cleaned up, you are ready to go on a new project!
What is your favorite rug hooking tool?
Happy Hooking, Karen