Latch-hooking Rugs

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Overview

Latch hooking is one of the rare fiber arts that combines ease and flexibility. This yarn craft takes just minutes to learn, and the only materials required are a latch hook, yarn, and latch canvas. Despite its simplicity, the medium offers endless possibilities from home decoration to provocative artwork. Until now, latch hooking has become stuck in deep shag kitsch. But in Latch-hooking Rugs, artist and educator Lynda Spiro takes the craft beyond its acrylic past. Thanks to Spiro's new book, there is no need to...

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Overview

Latch hooking is one of the rare fiber arts that combines ease and flexibility. This yarn craft takes just minutes to learn, and the only materials required are a latch hook, yarn, and latch canvas. Despite its simplicity, the medium offers endless possibilities from home decoration to provocative artwork. Until now, latch hooking has become stuck in deep shag kitsch. But in Latch-hooking Rugs, artist and educator Lynda Spiro takes the craft beyond its acrylic past. Thanks to Spiro's new book, there is no need to be limited by the dated designs found in most commercial latch hook kits.

Latch-hooking Rugs teaches the basic techniques of the craft through supportive step-by-step directions, color illustrations, and vibrant photographs. The handbook also contains instructions for more than thirty different rug and wall-hanging projects, from bold stripes and checks to floral motifs to three-dimensional effects, all presented in colorways that complement today's decor. For latch-hookers who wish to create their own unique works, Spiro includes a chapter on design and inspiration. She even offers instruction on ways to use leftover yarn.

With more than 100 color illustrations and dozens of contemporary designs, Latch-hooking Rugs revives the meditative craft of latch hooking for today's crafter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812220438
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Textiles Handbooks
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 859,222
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Spiro is a London-based studio artist and teacher.

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Table of Contents

Getting Hooked 7

1 Why Latch-hook? 9

2 Equipment and Materials 11

3 Methods and Techniques 15

4 Before You Begin 19

5 Rugs to Make 23

Types of Stripes 23

Cheeky Checks 50

Building Blocks 61

Groundwork 72

See 3D 84

Bloomin' Gorgeous 95

Monochrome Magic 106

6 Finishing 117

7 Oddballs: Using up Leftover Wool 123

Oddballs pattern 124

8 Design and Inspiration 126

Houses 130

Dancing hands 133

9 Combining Colours 135

Colour chart rug 136

10 Hanging and Displaying your Work 140

Suppliers 142

Index 143

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    Great Inspiration & Instructions

    While latch-hooking does not seem popular right now, I have to say I love the results. After reading this book, I really felt equipped to start making rugs for my bathrooms and bedrooms. Most recently, I have started to contemplate making a 5' round accent rug for the foyer.

    This book provides a lot of inspiration and great instructions. The only thing I wish it had included is more information on purchasing yarn and cutting it to length versus buying pre-cut yarn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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