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Thrift. Designed and hooked by Melinda Russell, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2007.
If someone asks about my rug hooking expertise, my reply is this: I am a jerry-rigger. According to Webster, "jerry-rigged" describes something that is "organized or constructed in a crude or improvised manner," and that's exactly my approach to multistrip hooking.
Multistrip hooking is a technique in which I pull two, three, or four skinny strips of wool through the fabric foundation at once to form one lovely loop. One of the strips almost inevitably twists, and we all know that rug hooking orthodoxy dictates we keep our strips flat as we pull them.
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Merriam-Webster.com, s.v. "Jerry-rigged," accessed June/July/August 2010. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerry-rigged.