If you’re a long time blog reader you might remember Kelli and I taking our quilts to Kansas City for a photo shoot for our book. You might also remember how excited we were after we stopped at the AMAZING wool rug hooking place American Whatever at Corbin Mill in Liberty, MO. They had so many amazing projects. I just loved them all. This was a particular favorite.
After leaving the store Kelli and I were convinced that we both wanted to give rug hooking a try. We were so impressed with all the amazing samples. We talked and looked and looked and talked. We did leave the store with some monk’s cloth, a hook and I got a frame. We also left with good intentions to give it a try. The owner did tell us that we’d likely want to buy a wool cutter. Price on those…$400 or more. Well that was out of our price range. Besides we were industrious girls. We were quilters. We could cut wool with a rotary cutter…
Well cutting wool into 1/4″ strips with a rotary cutter…not fun. We tried….So we put the project aside. Once our quilt book was published we promised ourselves should our book ever make $400 we were going to look into getting a cutter.
Well our book did make $400 and we kind of forgot about it.
With my health being a little topsy turvy I’ve had some time to think about what I do and don’t want to do in life…one thing I want to do is to try rug hooking. I really-really do. It is so amazingly beautiful. Besides I thought it might give me a chance to rest my foot from time to time.
I ended up telling this to Kelli and she said she was game and that we should order a cutter. We did a little investigation reading blog and websites to see what was recommended. We ended up with a Fraser Model A-Bliss. We looked on ebay and none were available. We watched a great video from the company showing how they worked and finally decided to just buy a new one from them. (You can watch the video and see how it works here)
It came in the mail a few short days later. Here’s Kelli giving it a whirl.
It cuts wonderfully. We love it and the owner of the store was right. To be a serious wool hooker, you need a cutter. It is SO slick.
We do have some wool. We don’t have the best colors. Awhile back we’d bought some clearance wool. To start with I think I’m just going to make a trivet or that table runner shown in the photo below. That will give me a good idea if I like it and what I want to move onto.
For now I’m heading over to Youtube. I’m sure they’ll have a few videos showing how to do it…I remember but I’d like a refresher.
Are any rug hookers out there? I’d love some references to good rug hooking blogs and websites. Wish me luck!!