The Complete Book of Rug Hooking

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Courier Corporation, 1975 - Rugs - 167 pages
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Contents

The American Tradition of Rug Hooking
1
Fundamentals of Rug Hooking
15
Basic Hooking Directions
18
Backgrounds
26
How to Transfer Designs
28
Primitive Rugs
33
Cushings Perfection Dyes
43
Dyeing Methods
54
Geometric Designs
89
Intermediate Geometric Designs
99
How to Hook Flowers and Leaves
105
Floral Trio Project
116
A Primitive Floral Project
123
Delft Daisies Project
134
How to Hook Fruit
140
Hooking Animals and Birds
148

Dyeing Backgrounds
67
Dyeing Remedies
71
Fashion Fabric Spotdyeing
74
Samplers
80
Hex Sign
82
Pictorials
156
Abstract Designs
162
Some Final Tips and Reminders 1 15 18 25 28 33 43 54 67 71 74 80 82 89 99 105 116 123 131 140 148 156 162
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Page 9 - I had reduced ten hours' labor to two and a half hours. I then had the art down fine enough to allow me to fill all my orders, so I began to print patterns and put them in my peddler's cart and offer them for sale. The news of my invention of stamped rugs spread like magic, and many a time as I drove through the streets of Biddeford and Saco, a lady would appear at the door or window, swinging an apron or sun bonnet, and shouting at the top of her voice, say, "Are you the rug man? Do you carry rugs...
Page 9 - There was not money enough in it to devote my whole time to the business, and as the orders came in faster than I could fill them I began, Yankee-like, to study some way to do them quicker. Then the idea of stencilling presented itself to me.
Page 9 - Then the first idea of stencilling presented itself to me. Did I go to Boston to get my stencils made? Oh, no, I went out into my stable where I had some old iron and some old wash boilers I had bought for their copper bottoms, took the old tin off of them and made my first stencil out of it. Where did I get the tools? Why I found them in the same place, in my stable among the old iron. I got...
Page 9 - After fitting myself out widi tools I began making small stencils of single flowers, scrolls, leaves, buds, etc., each one on a small plate; then I could with a stencil brush print in ink in plain figures much faster than I could sketch. Thus I had reduced ten hours' labor to two and a half hours. I then had the art down fine enough to allow me to fill all my orders, so I began to print patterns and put them in my peddler's cart and offer them for sale. The news of my invention of stamped rugs spread...
Page 9 - I noticed that she was using a very poor hook, so being a machinist I went to work and made the crooked hook which was used so many years afterwards in the rug business and is still in vogue today.
Page 9 - I got orders for twenty or more patterns like it within three days. So you see I got myself into business right away. I put in my time evenings and stormy days sketching designs...

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