This year Ali Strebel and I will be teaching a rug hooking class called techniques. One of the things that I will be talking about is the fact that quite a few of the rugs that I create are actually punch hooked.
One of my latest designs, Jane Austen, is an example of a punch hooked rug. You can see from this photo that there are no design lines on the front.
That is because to punch hook a rug, you are working on the wrong side. I often use longer strips than is typically used for rug hooking, but this is not necessary. You can use strips that are much shorter.
I think that you might be quite surprised at which designs I hooked traditionally from the front versus punch hooked from the back. This is a close up of my punch hooked pillow called Gazing Ball.
The rug in the center, Summer Basket, has been punch hooked. The look is slightly different, and if you know what to look for you may be able to tell the difference.
The truth is I love both techniques and it gives me more options to create.
Here is the back of my design Madame Odier which is punch hooked with the rug crafters speed tufting tool.
One of the things I love about punch hooking is the antique, textural look.
I like rug hooking to be my own personal vision of beauty. Since I love vintage textiles it pleases me to create something that has mystery and seems to have a history built into it.
Thanks for stopping by today ~ Karen