August 13, 2014



What crafters are saying about 
Hook Loop& Lock and Locking Loops

5.0 out of 5 stars 
10 Nov 2011 
Theresa Pulido has written another super book on Locker Hooking with more ideas, tips and techniques, lovely colourful patterns, beautifully photographed "handcrafts to give and wear" and well detailed instructions and a good variety of items to make. As with her first book, "Hook Loop n Lock", this, her second, also caters for the absolute novice and experienced Locker Hooker and I am as delighted with this book as I was with her first.

The introduction of the "Ruched" element to her designs particularly excites me. Imagine if you will, the fond memories which an old much loved dress past its sell by date gives every day as a Lampshade (page 115), always near, the still good areas of the material used for "ruched" areas, not so brilliant pieces, locker hooked. The Media Tablet/Journal Cover (page 80) already a favourite and on my list 'to do'. The use of different loop lengths also extending locker hooking's 'usefulness' and the almost endless variety of materials both new and recycled that can be used for this craft.

I have enjoyed locker hooking, as my primary craft, for many years now and it is a delight to see it treated and shown off so well. I do hope there will be a third! 
S. Shipley (Nottingham, England) 

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"Projects, New Technique, and Inspiration Galore"
November 10, 2011 
This is a follow-up to Pulido's first locker hooking book, Hook, Loop & Lock (which I own and reviewed). I was hesitant to pick this one up since the first book seemed to tell me everything I needed to know about the craft (also - I didn't like the picture on the front cover). Good thing I didn't judge the book by its cover - it's wonderful inside.

While Pulido reviews the basics offered in the first book, she also introduces new framing techniques that alone are worth the cost. She also provides a nifty chart to figure out how wide to cut your fabric depending on the type of material and canvas used.

I will say that this book didn't excite me quite as much as the first, but it did provide lots of inspiration. I was able to look at the project's unique instructions and implement them on my own creations that suited my taste better. In fact, I needed the instructions for the pillow on the front cover to make my own rug which looks nothing like it, but uses the same techniques. Don't get me wrong - I love most of the projects listed as-is and wouldn't change them at all. I only wish I could finish making my baskets in time to make the Christmas ornaments - they may have to wait until next year.

If you enjoy locker hooking and want to make contemporary decor that can range from elegant to funky - do not hesitate to buy this book (even if you already have the first one). It has served as a reference guide and project inspiration. I would recommend it to anyone. 
Jan Honey

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"I'm Hooked!"
November 3, 2011 
I can't believe how many projects are offered or the variety! I want to make the shawl collar (that's what brought my attention to this book) but after thumbing through the book I now want to make the bracelet/cuff, the Christmas ornaments and at least one of the handbags! Oh - and a cover for my new Kindle Fire too (when it is shipped). Best of all, I now have a use for all the yarns I've been collecting for years - AND - I can combine this with some quilting projects (because first and foremost I am a quilter). I can use all the thin fabric scraps and bits of ribbon that I've also been collecting...This book came along at a perfect time for me because I've entered the "use it up or get rid of it" stage and now I've got some really fun ideas on how to use a lot of things I've been saving in totally new ways. The book is very easy to understand, the techniques clearly explained and the photos are very inspirational. If you've got baskets of yarns, ribbons, fabric strips, or are want to recycle some fabrics or garments, this technique is perfect - I'm SO glad I found it. Check out the author's website for her videos (that's where I first saw her techniques - on YouTube) for more inspiration. 
GoldNugget (Alaska)


5.0 out of 5 stars 
"A Never Miss Locker Hook Craft Book"
October 19, 2011 
This review is from: Locking Loops: Unique Locker Hooking Handcrafts to Wear and Give (Paperback) 
This is a great locker hook book and is fulled of inspiration. With the step by step details on the instruction, one can easily follow through the project. The colorful projects are so trendy, yet, has the down to earth and practical designs. I already listed a few projects from the book into my must-do list. They are great as gifts to the loved one especially for the upcoming holiday season. 
Craft Passion (Malaysia)


4.0 out of 5 stars
October 13, 2011
I love the variety of the book. It took me away from hooking and looping only rugs. It also presents trendy projects. I loved the review on how to hook like this.
Nancy Noel (Maitland, Florida United States)


"Received my order (for Locking Loops), and just had to tell you that I love the book. One was for me and one for a friend. The fabric and colors are beautiful, I have already made a cute flower for my Mom and making bangles for my daughter's school friends for Christmas gifts. I love this technique and the beautiful fibers and ideas. I have crafted for many, many years, (painting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting, knitting, sewing, etc.) and always looking for new ideas, and I like that you have taken an old tradition and created beautiful new pieces."
- Jenny

"The beautiful color combinations (in Locking Loops) are what drew me to your creations and your first book. You have an eye for design and color. I am loving the second book."
- Missy

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"A new (but old) craft"
February 10, 2011
"I stumbled across this book and was impressed with the author's creativity and bright new style. Her sense of color and design add new life to this old technique. The craft is new to me and with it, I hope to create some lovely items for gifts or for my home. 
- Bargainfairy (New Jersey)

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"Yeah! more crafts..." 
December 20, 2010 
 “Cool ideas, great pics, and clear instructions prepare you to tackle these hook, loop 'n lock projects. Very pleased with the book, but haven't tried any yet. Good info on supplies needed.”
- Artistic soul,

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"Excellent Book"
September 24, 2010 
 “I looked at a couple of locker hooking books and this provided the basics and some more advanced in very clear explanation. Very easy hobby and the projects turn out looking very good.”
- Disappointed,

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"Locker Hooking treated as the wonderful craft it is."
7 Aug 2010 
 “As a long time Locker Hooker I awaited the arrival of this book with a mixture of excitement and trepidation as this "obscure craft" is rarely given the recognition it deserves. Oh happy day when it arrived! It is wonderful, surpassed my hopes, and Theresa Pulido has written a book which not only gives clear and basic instructions in how to Locker Hook but also lovely items which are enticingly and beautifully photographed and whose instructions for making them are clear and can be made by the experienced and beginner alike. She has given me ideas to further my primary craft and, so far, a "Banded Bangle", made the night I received the book, many more of which I'm sure I'll be making along with many of the other items contained in this book. 

Locker Hooking is a craft which can be a good way of recycling if that is something you like to do as, so long as you can make a length out of something; plastic bag, fleece, old tee shirts, yarn, fabric offcuts, ribbons, beads, lace, found objects etc., you can locker hook with it, you can easily create beautiful, useable items. I very much hope there will be a sequel exploring more the possibilities this craft offers and perhaps using the small Locker Hook too but, in the meantime, this book will keep me busy, having given me tons of ideas for new projects and, hopefully, will introduce many, many, more people to this easy, versatile, quick and exciting craft. Very well done!”
- S. Shipley (Nottingham, England),

5.0 out of 5 stars 
13 Oct 2010 
 “If you have never seen this craft before this book is all you need to get you started with enough projects to get you inspired and detailed enough for a beginner. Would recommend to anyone interested in locker hooking.”
- S. Roberts (Dorset, England),

I love it!
March 26, 2010 
“I had never heard of locker hooking until a friend discovered it and showed it to me. I found this book to be very informative as to how to do this craft and now it is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening, or even an afternoon, for that matter. The book features some really great projects, some simple and some more involved. I really like it and am now an enthusiastic locker hooker!”

“Locker Hooking is an obscure craft that's making its way back...For inspiration and details you must take a look at Hook, Loop & Lock by Theresa Pulido. We fell in love with the projects from this book. So much so, that we created a video to explain the locker hooking technique.” 
Beverly’s Crafts Newsletter (Fabric and Crafts store chain)

“I think locker hooking is experiencing a renaissance because of your Hook, Loop & Lock book.” 
- Author & Owner, Donna Kooler, Kooler Design

“Have you ever asked yourself "why did I buy that fabric" or "what am I going to do with the rest of that fabric"? Try giving them a new lease on life by locking them away into a hooked project. Locker hooking is seeing a resurgence and we have all been stroking the book "Hook, Loop & Lock" with its' visually and texturally stimulating, small and large innovative projects. Delicious!” 
The Craft Mailbox

locker hooking 101
March 21, 2010
“This book has easy to understand instructions with accompanying illustrations to help the beginner get started. Patterns range from easy to more difficult and span a wide range of projects (rugs, lamps, purses, coasters). I love it!” 
- N. Stennett,

great beginner's book
June 10, 2009 
“I was really pleased with this: wonderful, clear photos outlining every step of the process; great instructions; a good variety of colorful, fun projects.” 
- Loomweaver,

Crafter's Choice Reviews

Great Idea's, April 24, 2010
“Hook, loop and lock has great instructions and nice idea's. Projects are very rewarding. You will love this book.” - Joyce

THIS is going to be fun!!!, January 25, 2010 
“...found the hook at Michael's and bought their whole inventory of three. The book has great instructions, a variety of projects that really get your imagination going, and a range of difficulty. My friends and I say let it snow, we're gonna be "hookers" this winter!”
- missB

Can't wait to start, January 19, 2010 
“I did some rug hooking in college. This looks much more advanced with great projects. It has a more sophisticated look. I can't wait to try some of the projects!”

Great, December 29, 2009 
“This book is very inspiring and I can't wait to start! The book is well written and easy to understand with great pictures.” FYI- I found a locker hook at Michael's in the rug hooking section, for those of you who live in Nebraska (I do not know if Michael's is nation-wide or not). :) - angellynne

November 07, 2009 
I am excited to try this. I bought book and went into a craft store with it to purchase supplies and left it lay on some material I was looking at. Employee's found it and when I asked if they had found the book, 3 employee's were looking at it and writing down the book numbers to order the book for their store. Great!! 
- Joyce

Great Book, November 07, 2009 
“This was the first time I had tried this method of working with hooking. It is very well written and shows exactly when and where and how the method works. I would definitely recommend this book to others.” 
- Donna

I'm hooked on Locker Hooking, June 03, 2009 
“This book has GREAT photographs illustrating locker hooking and some great ideas. I had no idea I could get into locker hooking so quickly but I have and I really enjoy this art/method of rug hooking. There are over 127 pages -- well illustrated; great color pictures; great ideas.” Great for something to do in the evening while listening to the tele with DH. Have one other book on locker hooking 48 pages. I would not TEAR the strips of material - cut with scissors or rotary scissors. Hope to see more books on locker hooking. It's fun! The price for this book is reasonable for the info. 
- June

A "new" craft I can really get into, May 05, 2009 
“I read Theresa's book cover to cover the night I received it in the mail. The photos are beautiful, the projects are creative and the instructions are easy to follow. Plus the projects are such that I could see myself making any of them. They are kinds of homespun goodness anyone would love to receive as a gift or display in ones' home…” I am a graphic designer so I am intrigued by the idea of creating my own graphic patterns. Theresa is working on a website to promote locker hooking and a network where locker hookers can gather to exchange tips and ideas and photos of projects. There is not much going on there yet but you can join the community at lockerhooking.ning(dot)com to get in the loop. 
- Deidra J

Using Ceramics & Fabric for Hand-Crafted Gifts – Craft Recipe

It’s so great to discover what readers of my books and customers are locker hooking. Color Crazy customer, Joan Booth, has been having fun creating these colorful and beautiful gifts. She happens to be very creative with various crafts. She creates miniature sculpture scenes, she crochets, is learning to tat, and she has recently taken up locker hooking.  Here are some of her recent colorful creations:

Joan Booth's Locker Hooked Trivets with Ceramic Tiles
Joan Booth’s Locker Hooked Trivets with Ceramic Tiles

This is the first in a series of posts about using ceramic tiles to create locker hooked gifts.

I included a project for using ceramic tiles to locker hook a trivet in my Locking Loops book. As a matter of fact, the very first set of kits I created–the Hook, Loop & Lock Getting Started Kits– include small ceramic tiles for a small trivet. I really  love the colorful designs in these hand-painted tiles paired with Color Crazy Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips, and Joan has created some great designs with these. I was also delighted to see how she personalized each locker hooked trivet with a custom name tag from a company she found online.

Personalized name tag on back of locker hooked trivet
Personalized name tag on back of locker hooked trivet

“The company has been in business since 1938–which is amazing–they are in Atlanta, ” says Joan. “I just thought it added a little personal touch.”

I couldn’t agree more! It just makes it special. You can order your own personalized tags at  Just be aware that it can take 6 to 8 weeks to get them, but the quality is worth the wait. If you love creating hand-crafted gifts to give over the holidays, now is the time to order. I just ordered mine.

French Garden Ceramic Tile $5.99
French Garden Ceramic Tile – $5.99, 4″ x 4″

Using ceramic tiles for locker hooked mats makes it so easy to complete and create a unique gift.

It’s fast and easy to do with a few simple materials. I highly recommend a strong, waterproof adhesive like Quick Grip to secure the tile in place. I also recommend using the hand-dyed fabric strips to match the vibrant colors of the tiles. Color Crazy carries the canvas, 4″ x 4″ ceramic tiles, locker hooking tool set, fabric strips and the Quick Grip glue. Below is everything you need to get started. Follow the FREE Color Crazy French Garden Trivet Pattern for design shown below at this link.

Craft Recipe: Locker Hooked Mat / Trivet with Tile

French Garden Trivet on 5-Mesh Canvas
French Garden Trivet on 5-Mesh Canvas
Locker Hooked Trivet – Craft Recipe Ingredients:
  • 5-Mesh Canvas – 52 x 52 squares
  • *30 – 36 yards 1/2″w Color Crazy Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips
  • *12 yards 1/2″w Color Crazy Natural Muslin Pre-Cut Fabric Strips
  • *24 yards Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon or Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips
  • Locking medium in sturdy yarn to match, black yarn, or twine
  • 4″ x 4″ Ceramic Tile
  • Locker Hook & Tapestry Needle — Locker Hooking Tool set
  • Scissors
  • Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive
  • Backing in Fabric or Felt (optional)
  • Personalized Tag (optional)

*Yardage is approximate

Here’s the Indigo Dial Trivet from the Locking Loops book. This design includes Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon but you can opt to use just the hand-dyed fabric strips.


Indigo Dial Trivet from Locking Loops Book

Stay tuned for my next post when I’ll show you how to use a ceramic tile to make a locker hooked basket!








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