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« on: May 15, 2008 10:13:23 PM »


I got a couple of these from my grandma that were my great grandma's and I know it's for rug hooking.But I was wondering how the heck you use it.I'm sure it's painfully simple and I will feel like a dumb @ss for asking how to use it.But I figured somebody on here should be able to direct me to a link or something on how to use it so I don't poke my fingers off with it.LOL
Link to what one of the rug hooking thingys looks like http://www.rubylane.com/shops/melonrose/item/175C
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008 04:47:28 AM »

yikes, looks dangerous!
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008 07:55:23 AM »

The folks who run this site might know: http://www.rugmakershomestead.com/contents.html
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 06:12:59 AM »

I'm pretty sure this is an old punch embroidery needle.  You thread the wool through the side loop and the needle, and punch into the fabric leaving small loops.  It's insanley easy should you ever decide to take it up. I used to do it when I was like, 10, a lot of it.  Here is a link where they have lots of pictures of modern needles:
http://www.punchneedlemarketplace.com/
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2008 05:23:39 PM »

Thanks for the info,I assumed you threaded it sort of like a leather punching needle but I didn't know if you were suposed to clip the loops or what.It looks like it would be allot of fun to mess around with and hopefully one of these days I'll get enough free time away from my other arts to try it out.

I'm pretty sure this is an old punch embroidery needle.  You thread the wool through the side loop and the needle, and punch into the fabric leaving small loops.  It's insanley easy should you ever decide to take it up. I used to do it when I was like, 10, a lot of it.  Here is a link where they have lots of pictures of modern needles:
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008 12:17:43 PM »

I would LOVE to try some of this out as well - every year at the state fair there are lovely older ladies working on massive rugs using this method and scrap wool they've dyed a rainbow of colors. I can just envision making myself a cool area rug from my own design. Thanks for the link MissJames!
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