What is your cutter of choice and what size cut do you prefer?
I’m all for wide cuts, typically ~ at least a #9 cut ~ but for these rugs I’ll be using a #8 cut and a little bit narrower. Some strips I’ll be cutting by hand.
I love the way the wool folds on itself as it exits the cutter making a fluttering ruffle, rather like pouring cake batter into a pan.
(I was in a hookers bubble for the first 6 years of my hooking addiction. I didn’t know how to access anyone’s patterns or instructions, and I was too shy to find out how, so I just made things up as I traveled the hookers road. I never knew there was the possibility of enlarging or reducing a paper pattern, or that there were ways to transfer actual designs onto backing. So, I’ve always drawn patterns directly onto linen, freehand, which has its good points and not-so-good points. However, good or bad, it’s a very simple method, for me, though I do end up with some odd-looking drawings from time to time. Thank goodness rug hooking is so very forgiving and thank goodness Sharpie markers come in a variety of colors! I’ve had backings where I’ve drawn a pattern in black ink first, made a mistake, drawn a pattern in red on top of the black and a blue pattern on top of the red. Very confusing when it comes to the actual hooking!)
Now, each cat will have its own little space. I like the idea of having one’s own space, but still being within reach of a friend.
This rug will measure about two square feet ~ 15.5″ long x 14.5″ wide.
The one horse rug is a very simple design with lots of subtle color changes going on within the wool itself. The pattern is very straightforward so no grid or measuring needed. It will measure two square feet, as well, though the shape is much more organic than the cat rug.
Tomorrow: Let the hooking commence!
Until next time, friend…
p.s. I’d love to hear what you’re working on ~ with hook, needle, brush, or whatever!