I was paging through a book called Made in New York: Handcrafted Works by Master Artisans the other day. I am always happy to see books touting artisans working in traditional crafts, but I was surprised to see an entry for a "Hooked rug weaver". I have never heard any "hooker" (that's what we call ourselves) refer to rug hooking as weaving or refer to a rug hooking frame as a loom as in the book description. Definitions are so important and the fact that this book is not using the correct terminology does a disservice to rug hookers and weavers alike. And please, don't get me started on the entry for the actual weaver in the book. argh.
Here are some of the tools that rug hookers use to hook their rugs.
|Rug hooking frame, this one is a Pittsburgh lap frame and rests on my lap while hooking.|
|Various rug hooks (hand-turned by my original teacher Mamie Adair's late husband) and wool strips on burlap|
|Here is Rice Bag in progress, the olive background was hooked using wool yarn|