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

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"Excellent"
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, Amazon.com


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, Amazon.com

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), Amazon.co.uk

5.0 out of 5 stars 
"brilliant"
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), Amazon.co.uk

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!”
Judith, Amazon.com

“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, Amazon.com

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, Amazon.com

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

Top 10 Locker Hooking Tips

I decided to write a blog post about locker hooking tips because as I create new projects small things pop up that I want to share. I did include a set of “Essential Locker Hooking Tips” in my Locking Loops book. This post will expand on those and adds more to the list. Use the tips that work for you.

“I want to start off by stating: locker hooking techniques are what you make of them. There are no hard fast rules. Because in the name of art, and for the sake of creativity, we may want to alter the standard techniques.”

The thing to remember is that we put passion, creativity and time into locker hooked projects, and we want to make sure we get the best results, and also  ensure they are made to last.  With that in mind, here are my TOP 10 locker hooking tips:

Locker Hooking Tips - Cutting Strips, Preparing Canvas, Framing Edges
Locker Hooking Tips – Cutting Strips, Preparing Canvas, Framing Edges
#1 Proper Strip Width or Fiber Weight

When cutting or choosing locker hooking fabrics, ribbons or fiber, it’s important to cut the correct width and/or choose the correct weight of fabric, fiber or yarn to match your canvas. If strips are too narrow, locking medium and canvas may show. If strips or fiber is too wide or heavy, your hooked canvas may buckle, and woven canvas may break up. It may end up warped. It’s important to test fabric or fibers to match canvas. Create small test swatches and adjust materials. Loops should be able to line up easily and cover canvas without buckling it. There are no set measurements for this because some fabrics are heavier than others. For quilting weight cotton (and these too can vary by vendor), I recommend 1/2″w for 5-Mesh, 3/ 4 – 1″w for 3.75 Mesh, and 1 – 1 1/2″w for 3-Mesh.  Always test before you cut all of your fabric. If you don’t have time to cut your own, you can always buy Color Crazy’s pre-cut fabric strips.

# 2 Securing Your Edges

The last thing you need is for all of that work to get destroyed during washing or wear. For rugs, it’s essential to secure your edges if you plan to machine wash. Always use the gentle cycle. I always recommend folding over 3 – 4 squares for rugs. I actually always fold over 4 squares no matter the canvas size. You can take this a step further and pull out your sewing machine to do a zig-zag stitch around the folded edge to secure it. For project designs that aren’t folded over–like floral accents or other cut out shapes–use a waterproof adhesive to secure edges.

#3 Framing: Crease a Row

To create firmer, sturdy edges, I always recommend creasing a row at the edge when folding canvas over. For example, for 5-mesh, you would crease a row and then the folded over piece would be 3 squares; total folded is 4 squares. This creates a nice firm edge to frame. When framing corners, use two or three stitches or more to ensure proper coverage. Rounded shapes are easier to frame than sharp corners. To frame a sharp corner and cover it properly, use a couple of drops of permanent adhesive as you’re whipstitching to frame. Use fingers to properly cover before glue dries.

#4 Consistent Loop Height

When pulling up loops of fabric, yarn or combination of fibers, make sure that they are at least  an approximate 1/4″ (6mm) in height. Heights of 5/16″ or a bit higher are fine. If loops are shorter than 1/4″ or too tight, your locking medium will show through and sewing in tails to finish your project will be difficult. It’s important to make sure loop height is consistent as well for a smoother finish. Each time you pull up a loop give it a tug to match the previous loop. This will help create an even finished look. You can, of course, choose a very varied, textural, artsy design with altered loop length, but you still need to start with loops that are 1/4″ high.

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Locker Hooking Tips: Pulling Up Loops, Creative Stitches, Finishing
 # 5 Navigating Tight Corners: Be Gentle

Corners can be tough. It’s all of that folded canvas in a corner that makes it challenging. The key is: don’t apply too much force and also pull up one loop at a time. The best way is to wiggle the hook gently and press as you do this. It will eventually burrow through the canvas so you can pick up your loop. When pulling it through, do the same thing. Twist, wiggle and pull the hook under as you bring it through. It sometimes takes a couple of attempts but if you do it gently it works.

 #6 Full Lofty Loops

To get the effect of fuller, loftier loops–this can be especially important when hooking a project with lighter fabric–double your locking medium, or choose a heavier twine or yarn. If you use a doubled locking medium, you can make things easier when sewing in tails, by clipping the first tail where it hangs, and sewing in the second tail.

#7 Finishing Small Projects

On smaller projects, or projects hooked on finer mesh canvas like 6-mesh or linen burlap, it’s often easier to use a tapestry needle or a petite locker hook to sew in tails, instead of your standard locker hook.

# 8 Creating Direction with Locking Medium

This is completely optional, but sometimes makes a difference with certain designs. When locker hooking “Free Form” designs–especially rounded designs, or swirls, you can introduce additional locking medium within the loops of the particular circle or swirl to pull the design together and create a sense of direction.

Summer Garden Vine Runner: Locker Hooked
Summer Garden Vine Runner: Curvy Design, Hooked with Mixed Texture, Edges Wrapped
#9 Loops: Smooth or Crunchy?

The look of loops is important to some when using fabric. I like the feel of texture in my finished projects so I’m not too particular, but I have heard from readers that absolutely have to have a smooth finish–especially with rugs. To achieve this, always fold your fabric strip (fold edge over or completely in half) as you pull up loops. For a more textural finish, a crunchier look, if you will, always keep the strip flat and it will crunch as you pull it up. If you’re like me and don’t mind either way, just pull up loops as you go making sure fabric strips don’t get too twisted so you get proper coverage. I often end up with a mixture of both and I like this look a lot.

#10 Stitches & Locker Hooking

You can get creative with your tapestry needle to add simple, decorative stitches over your locker hooked projects or directly on the canvas. You can also add padded areas with the “ruched frames” technique introduced in the Locking Loops book. There are numerous things you can do with simple stitches to add layers of texture to mats, pillows or wall hangings, or to just complement your design (see Peppers Mat in image above.)Try using ribbons, yarn or twine to wrap edges. You can also use a simple whipstitch to assemble pieces and create tote bags, baskets and wearable designs. There’s no need to finish edges on locker hooked pieces that will be assembled. Be sure to whip stitch over joined edges a few times to cover properly. Your tapestry needle comes in very handy when stitching on pieces or assembling them together. Get creative and give this a try by adding decorative stitches, wrapping edges for added texture, or ruched frames, and mix it up a bit.

Sumara Ghizze Pio's Locker Hooked Panel Design for Tote Bag
Sumara Ghizze Pio’s Locker Hooked Tote Panel Shows Varied Decorative Stitches

 

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