Guest Author - Christine Dux
Latch hooks can be purchased with a bent or straight hook. Options for the handles include wooden or plastic and ergonomic comfort grip with large or small handles. Prices range from $1.50 to $5.00 a piece. What’s the best hook to buy? I personally like the bent hook style, but the best hook is the one that’s most comfortable for you to work with.
Curved Sewing Needle:
I like to use a curved sewing needle for hemming the rug. A plain straight sewing needle will also work.
Yarn or Darning Needle:
If you plan to whipstitch the edging, you’ll need a Darning Needle. Darning needles can be made of metal or plastic and may have a straight blunt point or a curved blunt point.
Scissors and Sharpeners:
Scissors are used for cutting the canvas and possibly the yarn if you decide to cut your own. Scissors have a large price and quality range and are available in different styles. More information about scissors and sharpeners can be found in the “Tools and Supplies” link below.
I like to use a loom hook to pull out pieces of yarn from the rug when I’ve made a mistake. I put the hook underneath the knot and give it a pull and the yarn comes right out. You can also use a tooth pick, darning needle or your fingers.
Placing a dot of glue at each of the joints along the edge of the canvas will help prevent unraveling. Inexpensive school glue works great for this.
Masking tape placed along the edge of the canvas before you get started will help prevent the rough edges from scratching your hands, getting caught on your clothing and will prevent unraveling.
Rug canvas can be purchased in 3.75 holes per inch or 5 holes per inch. Look for canvas that has uniform holes and doesn’t unravel easily. More information about Rug Canvas can be found in the “Tools and Supplies” link below.
Rug binding can be hand sewn or iron-on. Purchase binding just slightly wider than the hem of your rug so you can cover it completely. More information and instructions for using Iron-On Binding can be found in the “Latch Hook” link below.
Rug yarn is available precut or in skeins and can be found in a variety of fibers, including acrylic or wool.