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How Do You Pull Your Wool?

Ask the Experts: Selecting the right hook for you

Photography by Green Mountain Hooked Rugs

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Finding the right hook is like finding an extension of your arm, and hooking with the wrong tool can leave you sore and with only clumsily hooked loops to show for all your hard labor. But the question is this: how do you know when you’ve found the right tool? There are two basic suggestions to keep in mind, and that is where we will start our discussion about hooks.

First, when you pick up a hook, do you pick it up like a pencil? Or does the handle rest in the palm of your hand with the shank extending past your thumb? Which way feels more comfortable to you? It’s a personal choice, and you should know that hooks are specifically made for different grips, so it is important to know how you naturally grip a hook. Some hooks are versatile enough to be used in many ways, so it is important to know how you naturally grip a hook. 

Green Mountain Hooked Rugs is a five-generation, family-owned business. We own a retail store in Montpelier, Vermont, and sell a wide variety of rug hooking supplies including hooks, bolt wool, hand-dyed wool, patterns, and equipment. We also own and operate Green Mountain Rug School annually in June. While honoring the traditions of the past, we are focused on expanding traditional practices and exploring new techniques in rug hooking. Visit our online store at www.GreenMountainHookedRugs.com.

This article is from the November/December 2016 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.

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About two years ago, my wife, Rose and I went up to Nova Scotia again. We were out in Digby to explore and ended up at Bear River. While my wife looked around at Flight Of Fancy Arts Ltd, I spotted this rug hook among others. I liked it from the start. The color of the wood, a purple hue, this interesting little flat area where my finger could rest and the hook. The hook had a nice shape and a flat area just before the hook. I asked to hold it and immediately purchased it. It has been my constant tool . For me a rug hook has to have the right shape of the hook, it needs to just grab the wool and ease it through the hole in the linen . It has to feel comfortable in my hand. Round hooks I find my self having to really grab on it to keep it from rolling in my hand. I have looked around and not found such a hook anywhere.Flight Of Fancy Arts Ltd,Bear River, NS B0V 1B0, Canada. Finding this hook was truly one of those things that was meant to happen for me.

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