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Yarn Hooking
14 Fabulous Projects for the Modern Rug Hooker
BY Carole Rennison

Search Press
1 February 2019/ ISBN 9781782215332
How-To Books / Yarncraft

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde

AMAZON UK

Get hooked on yarn hooking with this book that showcases an innovative method. Using just Hessian and cones of carpet yarn, you can make all kinds of fun and useful items from badges to rugs. Here’s how…

First you need to obtain a special hooking frame, and if carpentry is not your metier, I suggest a visit to the author’s website. You can buy everything else here too, but most of the items are easily obtainable elsewhere. The process is not hard to learn, and the first part of the book takes you through it all in staged photographs from transferring a design to the hooking and finishing off. There are useful tips on design and color use too.

The rest of the book contains the fourteen projects, which range from the small, simple badges through bags, pictures, cushions, a book cover, two Christmas stockings and a rug. Each project contains a large photograph of the item, list of what you need, including a swatch of yarn colors, layout diagram and written instructions. These do not have any photographs but they came earlier in the book with the hooking instructions. Basic sewing skills are required to make up the items; none are complex, but you need to be able to do things like put in a zipper, work with linings and backings, etc. All the projects are inspired by the author’s love of the countryside and feature flora and fauna in rustic, natural tones, although there are some brighter items too. This is a lovely book that shows how you can do a lot with just a few simple materials.

If you cannot find a good range of suitable materials locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.

Hooking frames, kits, yarn and other items available from the author’s UK website www.hookedbydesign.co.uk/ (they also ship to other countries, contact details on site)

Wide range of carpet yarns available at www.airedaleyarnsco.uk (International customers too)

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and www.craftsuprint.com/rachel-a-hyde/
Reviewed 2019
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