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Thirty (Fun!) Plaids and a Plain

Dear Beginning Rug Hooker: a fun hit-or-miss project for using up your stash of plaids

By: Laurie Wiles

30 Plaids and a Plain, 36" x 30", #7-cut wool on linen.  Designed and hooked by Laurie Wiles, Edmonton, Alberta, 2010. 

Like most rug hookers, I have a sizable stash of wool waiting to be made into rugs. When I noticed that the plaid pile was starting to overrun everything else, I knew I had a problem: plaids had taken over my studio.
 
I tried to convince myself to make a sampler by hooking a few rows of each plaid and keeping a swatch so I could see how the colors in the fabric worked up. I know several hookers who make samplers, and I always admire their foresight. However, I have an aversion to hooking samplers. I needed a project to motivate me, something to use up several yards of wool—and something that would be fun! 

This article is from the January/February 2011 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.

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