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About Locker Hooking
Locker hooking is a needlecraft that originated in England in the early 1900s where it was used primarily for making rugs by hooking wool yarn. In the 1940s, American needle crafters started locker hooking but it never caught on—possibly due to the high cost of spun wool at the time. In the 1970s, Australian Patricia Benson introduced a form of locker hooking that utilized wool in different forms—mostly unspun roving. In the U.S. American needle crafters were using fabric strips to make rag rugs and this was called “Anchored Loop.”
Today, needle crafters are using different forms of yarn, ribbon, fibers, fabric strips, leather, and even plastic to create locker hooked projects. Locker hooking requires just a few simple tools and materials—a locker hook, the crafter’s choice for hooking material, rug canvas, sturdy yarn, scissors, and a tapestry needle to easily finish a project. Be sure to view the Color Crazy videos for useful tips and techniques.
About the Author of “Hook, Loop, & Lock”
by her passion for color and design, Theresa Pulido
has always sought out unique objects that feature compelling designs whether
found in nature or crafted by hand. Theresa applies this passion to her own
surroundings and hand made creations. She’s the author of “Hook, Loop, &
Lock,” her first book on locker hooking, and spends her time promoting the craft through her business, Color
Crazy, and through various presentations, workshops, and videos. After a twenty
year career in high tech, Theresa decided to pursue a more creative track that
taps her passion for color and anything that is hand-crafted. Theresa is always
developing new designs and finding unique ways to create with fabric, fiber,
and mixed media. She also enjoys gardening,
cooking, photography, and scouting for new hand-crafted products and vintage
accents. Her new book, "Locking Loops" is scheduled for release in July 2011.
About the Book
Hook, Loop, & Lock: Create Fun and Easy Locker Hooked Projects
Go “loopy” for locker hooking – a fun, easy-to-learn method for turning strips of fabric or yarn into fabulous home decor, stylish fashion accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts. In this book, traditional locker hooking breaks out of its homespun country image, showing that it can be bold, modern, wild, whimsical … whatever you want it to be! You’ll be “hooked” once you see the fabulous projects inside – from super-simple candy-stripe coasters and funky placemats, to retro-chic bags, exquisite luminaries and custom cozies for your cell phone, digital camera or mp3 player.
• 31 original projects from various artists, complete with patterns and step-by-step instructions
• a diverse combination of techniques, textures and materials—ribbons, beads and snazzy fibers, silk, mohair, wool … even recycled plastic bags!
• everything a beginner needs to know for happy results, from basic supplies to finishing techniques
Recreate a project as-is, or alter colors and patterns to suit your style. Once you’ve got the basics down, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own original rugs, pillows, wall-hangings and more!