How to Pick a Hook

By: Gene Shepherd

Gene Shepherd tackles this all-important step in learning how to hook rugs: picking the right hook. Follow along with him as he helps you select the right tools for getting started. Pencil hook or ball hook? Straight shaft or bent shaft? Gene gives you the information you need to make your decision.


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I got these hooks with a bunch of hooking stuff at a yard sale. I'm so excited about getting in to this! There was cut wool (very thin) and bulk. These hooks don't look like the ones you are showing. Can you clear this up? Thank you so much! Ann

Thanks for explaining, great advice. All I have seen in UK are same size hooks so I need to research more.

Great explanation of relationship of hook shank size to size of cut. I have experimented with different hook shapes, but not size. As for the bent shank, great advice. I used to work as an ergonomist and our guideline was to take the angle of the wrist when using a tool and put the angle in the tool instead. Great advice. I bought a Menno hook a while back for its bent shaft, but the tip is rough and splits the backing when I pull it through. I'll try smoothing it with steel wool as you suggested. Thanks.

So glad I watched this before beginning a project. Loved Mr Shepards no nonsense approach to picking a hook.

I'm so glad this video was beneficial to you! Please let us know if you'd like to see something specific on our site. We're always grateful for feedback. I hope you have a lovely day. - Editor Beth

Thank you for this video. Mr. Shepard gave me information I really needed. I am new at this and need to have good lessons at the beginning. Again, thank you. Katie

Hello Katie! I'm so glad this video helped you on your rug hooking journey. Please let me know if you have any questions. - Editor Beth


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