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Thread: my recent use of scraps-lots & lots of scraps

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    my recent use of scraps-lots & lots of scraps

    I decided to use up some of the scrap strips that were overflowing from the basket i had been tossing them in- so made a 'locker hooked' rug- this rug took a long time (& even though it took alot of strips of fabric-my basket seems to still be full)
    I started it at work over a year ago- i was caring for a 98 year old gentleman- he took great interest in this project & would have me sit next to him while i worked on it- as it grew he started wanting to hold it on his lap while i worked on it- sometimes he would pull out strips for me to use next- sometimes he would tell me what to do in the next section- once he sent me out to the kitchen to fix lunch-stating he would just hold it for me---and he proceeded to remove a whole section while i made lunch! guess he had a better plan for that spot
    he passed away- last november(at99) & did not get to see it finished- when he got sick i brought it home & tossed it in a closet---a couple weeks ago i came across it & decided i really should finish it up- it has some wonderful memories of him for me
    the 'Sparty' in the corner is a special addition for him- he was a big Michigan State fan, Alumni, made sure his kids, grand kids, great grandkids all went to state.
    the rug measures 27" x 38" i still need to back & bind it but the hooking part is finally finished.
    It weighs over 5 pounds! so has ALOT of fabric scraps in it!
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    Neat rug!! Love all the bright colors, and designs!
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    Beautiful - - - absolutely beautiful!

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    Wow! Love it!

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    What a lovely story and a lovely rug. I am glad that you found it and finished it.

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    Beautiful. Lots of work and memories went into this.

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    Great rug ... especially Sparty in the corner (from a life long MSU fan/Northern Michigan alum!) It's nice that you will have fond memories from this project.

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    what a wonderful, touching story.....BEAUTIFUL rug with lots of bright colors.....thanks for sharing

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    A beautiful rug and beautiful story. Loved the part about his guidence for you.
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    What a wonderful story and what a great rug! Wonderful idea and great use of scraps.
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    That is a wonderful rug, I am glad you decided to finish it.

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    Great story....How does one do one of these rugs?

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    Beautiful! What a creative way to use your scraps!! Thanks for sharing.

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    It looks great and what a nice story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendiq View Post
    Great story....How does one do one of these rugs?
    if you do a search for 'locker hooking' you will see how they are made- there are books available-some quilt shops carry them & the supplies- books are== the Happy Hooker series.
    you use a hook that looks like a crochet hook with an eye in the end- you use open-weave canvas (like the old latch hook canvas) you use string (i use the cotton people use to crochet dish clothes) i toss all of my scrap strips into a basket when i'm quilting (anything less than 2" wide that i may not want to use for quilting) then when my basket is overflowing--- i start another rug...they use alot of scraps! i generally cut my strips about 3/4" wide to hook with- depending on the weight of the fabric- if flannel then 1/2" if thin cotton maybe a whole inch- what ever is easy to hook & fills the space. I've been making these rugs for years---have half a dozen around my house-have given away many- there's a new book where they are making purses/totes...seems like they would be very heavy! i do make hot pads- (for setting hot dishes on) and placemats sometimes...it's a great use for those strips other people just throw away- i pretty much do not throw fabric away- i always find a use for it-
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    What a nice way to remember him. Your design is really cool!
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    Oh, I really like this rug. Really pretty and the design is very pretty.

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    The rug is beautiful and so is the story about it! Thank you for sharing.
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    beautiful rug and GREAT story... I know it must hold special moments for you! Thank you for sharing this with us...
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Wow love your rug. I have the stuff to make a rug just minus the fabric. I just don't have a a lot scraps. But I really want to try it. Was it hard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by owlvamp View Post
    Wow love your rug. I have the stuff to make a rug just minus the fabric. I just don't have a a lot scraps. But I really want to try it. Was it hard?
    it is not 'hard' to do locker hooking--we used to always have a rug in the works at the quilt shop i worked at- it was a free demo we showed everyone who came it- and let anyone who wanted hook a row or so- the owner of the shop sold the books, canvas, hooks, string & bagged up 1" strips of fabric--if you ever did a latch hook rug as a kid---i think locker hooking is easier...and uses up those thin strips (salvages, fabric you trim off to square up) that may be too narrow to use otherwise. salvages work great-
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    ckcowl.......thanks for the mini tute. I'm going to look up "locker hooking" right now. I always have many scraps and to tell the truth, I'm tired of making string quilts. I like to make the blocks but am not too keen on the sandwiching and quilting of them......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    if you do a search for 'locker hooking' you will see how they are made- there are books available-some quilt shops carry them & the supplies- books are== the Happy Hooker series.
    you use a hook that looks like a crochet hook with an eye in the end- you use open-weave canvas (like the old latch hook canvas) you use string (i use the cotton people use to crochet dish clothes) i toss all of my scrap strips into a basket when i'm quilting (anything less than 2" wide that i may not want to use for quilting) then when my basket is overflowing--- i start another rug...they use alot of scraps! i generally cut my strips about 3/4" wide to hook with- depending on the weight of the fabric- if flannel then 1/2" if thin cotton maybe a whole inch- what ever is easy to hook & fills the space. I've been making these rugs for years---have half a dozen around my house-have given away many- there's a new book where they are making purses/totes...seems like they would be very heavy! i do make hot pads- (for setting hot dishes on) and placemats sometimes...it's a great use for those strips other people just throw away- i pretty much do not throw fabric away- i always find a use for it-
    I was so surprised to see info on a locker hook. A few years ago on a shop hop, one of the LQS that we visited had a display item. Bought the hook and canvas; put it in my sewing room and just happened across it the other day, not knowing how to use it. I went to search "locker hooking" to no avail. Would you send me a PM to advise where I can locate the instructions as to how to do this craft? Thanks in advance.

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    anyone interested in learning to locker hook rugs- check out the books:
    The Happy rug Hooker, 1, 2 &3 (there may be more-those are the 3 i have) by Cindy Murray
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    Kathleen's Fabric Locker Hooking by Kathleen Carpenter
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    Beautiful rug and story.

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