Hooking Denim

Available, versatile, and a worthy wool substitute

By: Verna Cox

Maine Trio, three 5" squares, #4-cut denim on linen with denim braiding.  Designed by Stacy Van Dyne, Orrington, Maine, 2012.

Would you consider your traditional hooked rug—the rug that took you many long hours to color plan, color dye, and hook—the best rug for the kitchen doorway by the back deck? You would probably have a heart attack just thinking about it! Look to denim for a hard-wearing, long-lasting alternative. 
Hooking a rug with denim strips is not done any differently than hooking a rug with wool strips. You do have to pay more attention to the fabric when you are cutting the strips, however; be very sure to cut on the straight of the fabric. Color dyeing works well with denim, too.

This article is from the June/July/August 2013 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


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