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Our local museum just had a display of hooked rugs, and I fell in love with them.<br><br>
How hard is it to get started? Is it something I can learn from a book - that is how I learned to knit and quilt.<br><br>
I know that traditionally, scraps of woolens were used, but is it possible to use balls of wool too?<br><br>
I have already seen a pattern online I would love to purchase - it even comes with all of the materials - but I don't want to invest the $$ if that would be too ambitious of a start. What materials do you need to get started?
 

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I haven't done rug hooking since I was about seven, but as far as I remember, it's really quite easy. At least, if it's the same kind you're talking about.<br><br>
Really you just need a few basics. The pattern, the fabric (I have no idea what it's officially called, maybe rug hooking canvas?) your wool/yarn, a hooking tool, and maybe some backing if you need it.<br><br>
You could just do a google search and see what you come up with. If you bought the kit, it should have all the directions you need there. Let u sknow - I'm curious to see if you get it and how it goes!
 

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Oh, it's really easy!!! I love rug-hooking... I would recommend starting with a kit and viewing it as "practice", b/c it will take time to master the trick of bringing your loops up evenly... so choose a "primitive" style piece, possibly. Also, if you ever get a chance to meet a rug hooker, just ask for a demonstration, all the ones I have met are great and will give you a "mini-lesson". Depending on where you live, there are stores and gatherings for rug-hookers. It's an awesome craft, you can start out basic using someone else's designs materials (where I am) but then progress to doing your own designs, dying your wool, cutting it, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I tried knitting but I prefer rug-hooking. I still want to work on knitting though.<br><br>
Oh, also, check out your local bookstore, there are a couple of rug-hooking magazines that list internet resources, and different events. Great for inspiration, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yes, you can use yarn. And you should have no trouble learning from a book. I've only done a little bit of rug hooking, but plan to do more in the future. Too busy with knitting and sewing right now. :LOL
 
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