In 2008, I was working for a fabric company that was importing hand-dyed fabrics, when an opportunity to work on a book landed in my lap. It was a book on locker hooking—a rather obscure craft that not many had heard of at the time. I loved the creative potential locker hooking presented so I said “yes, I’ll do it!” It was a lot of work but I had help and a great editor and publisher. The “Hook, Loop & Lock” book was published in 2009. It was really exciting, but then I quickly realized that supplies for my readers were very hard to find. Chain stores didn’t carry them and only a few specialty online stores made them available. This is how Color Crazy came to be. I knew I needed to do something to make supplies and creative ideas more accessible. My passion for vibrant color drove me to call my store Color Crazy. I knew there had to be a gazillion people out there that are just like me. Crazy about the vibrant colors we discover in nature, in art and design; rich hues that inspire us to create.
After a twenty year career in high tech PR and marketing, I was ready to try something more creative. I was ready to start promoting this wonderful craft called locker hooking. In 2009 you couldn’t find supplies in any of the big chain stores, but now Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Stores, and Beverly Fabrics all carry my books and locker hooking supplies. Of course, Color Crazy will always have unique finds for locker hooking and other needle crafts. In 2011, I published “Locking Loops”—my second book on locker hooking that introduced new techniques including “ruched frames”—a technique that displays fabric beautifully. It also includes thirty projects to gift and wear.
There is still a lot to discover when using this craft to create. Do stay tuned to my website and blog as I intend to share any new ideas and discoveries. I always say locker hooking is a craft that has yet to be truly explored by crafters, artisans, and yes, fine artists. Locker hooking is not as obscure now, but there are still many who have never heard of it. So please share with anyone you know will appreciate the opportunity to discover locker hooking.
- Theresa Pulido, Owner - Color Crazy
More 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 it was called “Anchored Loop,” now known as locker hooking.
Today, crafters and artisans 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.