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8 comments to “TIGHR”

  1. donsetzco Says:

    In California. I have 32 x 46 inch beautiful indian vilage on a river scene done by my grandmother in 1950. The borader on one side was damaged in storage. Can some one point me to capable and willing hooker to repair


  2. Lynneskiv Says:

    Just registered with your blog, Gene. I’m in-between large projects so decided to do a gew small mats, coasters, etc. to sell in a shop that takes some of my wares on commission. How do I set a price for my hooked pieces? I’m sure I’d never be able to get what they’re really worth, but I need some idea. Thanks….

  3. dmcgrew Says:

    I have a question about backing. I am only 2 years into hooking so I wanted some input into types of backings preferred. I think I like burlap. Monks cloth tends to stretch alot, unless I am doing something wrong.

  4. Gene Shepherd Says:

    Dear dmcgrew –
    Everyone has an opinion on backing. I do not use burlap at all since I know, by its very nature it will eventually fall apart. (K also don’t like the way it smells, acts or feels.) If I want something that acts like burlap, I use primitive linen – preferably the bleached white kind for cuts #7 and up. I use monk’s cloth for #6 and down. I hear people talk all the time about how it stretches but simply have never had that problem. (I am careful to only stretch it with the threads parallel to the sides of the frame – never on the diagonal … and always stretch it fairly tight. I also tend to be consistent with the number of ditches skipped between rows … skip loops regularly, etc.) Linen does not tend to stick to the gripper strips as well as monk’s … so everything has a trade off. Hope that helps. Gene

  5. dmcgrew Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I will try primitive linen the next chance I get. Hopefully I will meet you in August, I am going to sign up for your dye class at Sauder.

  6. JoAnne Wood Says:

    I have rec’d, read, watched your book of Prodding. Just finished my second prodded hanging. 44″ X40″ It is hanging in my sisters home. How can I send you a photo? JW

  7. JoAnne Wood Says:

    Since I do ONLY primitives, I use burlap. I use my old rack that my Dad built me in 1959. (I have replaced to p boards several times.) I draw my own designs on the burlap. I cut my wool w/scissors. I dye my wool in washer. I am learning edge binding. I have before used tape on edging. I am loving using the prodder. I have also made a stool cover using the original style of odds of leftovers. I enjoy seeing other rugs. I also do purses, also my own designs,

  8. Gene Shepherd Says:

    JoAnne – That is the way I made my first rug. I now use a cutter which really does make things easier on my hand. And, I have traded up to primitive linen, which acts like burlap but is easier to work wtih. I look forward to seeing your rugs. Gene

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