Shetland Wool – Come & Get It!

9/26 Update!! These sold out so fast that I was able to get more from the source and give you all more time to order. My website is updated with the new available quantities and I added a nice blue solid and a blue plaid that coordinate so well!

I occasionally run across a good deal on rug hooking wool. When that happens, I try to offer some at my web site. I just added some Shetland wools that are all great for hooking in the primitive style and add awesome texture to your rugs. They are offered with limited availability, so if you see one you like, better get some now before it’s gone. I will never sell a wool that I would not use myself and that is not suitable for hooking. Selling these by the fat quarter but if you need more than I have on hand, let me know and I  can try to get more for you. Each fat quarter comes to you washed and ready to hook!

 My favorite one! This blends great with the Cranberry Solid.

I haven’t offered wool on my site in a long time, but since the re-design, I just feel like adding more stuff that you will love!

SpoolMag Fall issue is out now – got my comp issues in the mail. the Spot the Cat pattern is on my web site now – and there are links to the instructions on my Home page.

I wrote an article for The Wool Street Journal, which is in the current issue for October (Fall/Winter issue.) Watch for that and let me know what you think of it. I will be writing another for the January issue. Bonnie is so good to me and I am so grateful.

Is the Fall weather making you want to stop all that weeding and mowing and start hooking? I just completed my project for the April 2012 issue of Create & Decorate magazine – a wedding rug! Got that shipped off yesterday. Magazines work so far in advance – just when Fall arrives and the weather is starting to turn cooler, we are creating projects for Spring when the weather is starting to warm up again. Sort of makes everything feel all wonky and backwards.

What are all of you working on? Do you have something fun on your frame? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it – Sharing is fun!

Well, back to my hooking . . . thanks for visiting!



Grand Re-Opening, Re-designed & Ready for Prime Time


Lauri Troutman for Rug Hooking & Susie Vohlken for Punch Needle!! Congratulations ladies! I have emailed each of you privately.

Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments regarding my newly re-designed web site. A few of you took me to heart and shared a couple of things that you didn’t like very much – I appreciate that, and I made some changes per your suggestions. Overall, your comments were very positive and I thank you all for your input. I am only sorry that you could not ALL win. You can however, get into the giveaway action at my Facebook Page every month. If you have not LIKED my FB Page, you’ll find me here.

Remember everyone – I am offering  free shipping on any order from anyone who entered but did not win – through the end of September (I can’t offer free shipping on Frames because those are drop-shipped from the manufacturer in Texas directly to you.) When you place an order between September 20 and September 30, just enter FREESHIP in the coupon box when you check out. You all win!!



Done! What a lovely word . . . I thought I’d never get there. If you haven’t visited my web site recently, you’ll be surprised at the new look and organization. I completely re-designed the site, making it more relevant, easier to navigate, and all around prettier. It has been growing and growing over the years, and like anything that grows, it has a tendency to take on a life of its own – out of control and sort of all over the place (like the weeds in my gardens – which have not gotten the attention that the web site has!) Anyway, stop over and take a look.

So, after all that work and thought (taxing at my age,) it’s finally time to celebrate with a

Grand Re-Opening of the redesigned site!!

First – a big old giveaway! I have put together two giveaway packages – one for rug hooking and one for punch needle, that will be awarded to two lucky, randomly drawn winners on September 20th – one week from today. You do have to work a little bit to get yourself in the running . . . go to Folk ‘n’ Fiber and send me a comment via my Contact page, telling me what you like best about the new web site (if you have a “what I like the least” comment, I am happy to hear those as well.) Tell me if you are a rug hooker or punch needler, so I know which package you’d like to win. That’s all . . . so what does the winner get?

Rug Hooking

  1. A pattern of your choice, on red dot tracer, from this page of my web site: Seasonal Designs (Halloween & Christmas are approaching fast – but you still have time to hook something special for those seasons!)
  2. One yard of red dot tracer fabric – for easy transfer of a future project or two to your favorite backing.
  3. An eco-friendly zippered project bag – measures 15″ x 15.5″ x 8″ – that’s plenty of room for carrying tools, supplies, wool and projects to guild meetings, camps and workshops! Hard flat bottom to support your cutter and all your essentials.
  4. 30 yards of 3-ply 100% wool Paternayan binding yarn in Mustard
  5. A copy of the book Folk Art Friends by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson – rug hooking and quilting projects, including patterns
  6. Plus some little goodies that I will throw in at the end (surprises are fun!)

Punch Needle

  1. A pattern of your choice, on weavers cloth, from this page of my web site: Seasonal Designs (see above – haha!)
  2. Snip-Eze threads snips
  3. Square tin pin back frame by Twisted Threads to create a pin from your punch needle creation
  4. My tile topped punch needle storage box
  5. A thread assortment (it’s fun to play!) including DMC cotton, Gentle Arts wool, and Old Willow silk threads
  6. Plus some little goodies that I will throw in at the end (yes, punch needle surprises are fun, too!)

And, if you don’t win – you still win. I will offer free shipping on any order from anyone who enters and does not win – through the end of September (I can’t offer free shipping on Frames because those are drop-shipped from the manufacturer in Texas directly to you.) When you place an order between September 20 and September 30, just enter FREESHIP in the coupon box when you check out. See? I really love you all!

Okay – don’t delay! This is a short window to get entered, so do it now! I want you to all have your names in the drawing! I will announce the winners of the give away packages here at the blog on Oct 1, as well as on Facebook! You can’t win if you don’t enter. Why are you still here? GO!


PS – I hate to have to mention this, but, it seems I am having intermittent PayPal problems with my cart since the re-design. If you place an order and can’t get it through PayPal, PLEASE email and let me know and I can help you. You do not need a PayPal account to pay for an order via PayPal! I am trying to get this figured out, but in the meantime, please don’t give up if you have trouble. Just email me and I can fix it! Thanks!

Excitement is Building!


I mentioned in an earlier post and on my Facebook page that I will be featured in a new magazine, called SpoolMag, in their September issue. I just had a peek at the layout as they are getting ready to go to press. I am getting so excited! The new issue will be in shops and mailboxes on Sept. 15th. They ran a nice article about me and one of my designs as a free pattern for you to hook. When the magazine hits the stands, you will be able to download the instructions and more images of the featured rug from my web site. Just watch my home page for a link (after Sept 15th.)

I am very grateful to Diane Selby, editor extraordinaire of SpoolMag, for the opportunity to spread the word about rug hooking to a new group of crafting enthusiasts. If you have not seen the magazine yet, go to their web site and take a look. You can also use their shop finder to see if a shop near you carries the magazine. Or better yet, get a subscription! Here is a sneak peek:

  Now, doesn’t that leave you just a little curious?

Hook-a-Month Kits

There are a few of these new Fall Hook-a-Month kits left for the taking. If you are thinking about it, don’t wait too long – they are going fast. I will start shipping mid-September, so you still have time to grab one! You can read all about it here.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now . . . til next time, Hook On, my friends!


Woot! Web site Re-design Finally Done!

More news people!! I finally have my pretty, new re-designed web site online! Yay!! It was a long and grueling process, but I finally finished it today. Still tweaking here and there, but it’s mostly done. The great news for all of you is that I have lowered many of my prices (we all feel the pinch, right?)

I am closing out the cotton punch needle threads, so you can get great deals by the bagful while they last.

And there are tons of downloadable tutorials for both rug hooking and punch needle. Lots of helpful information for beginners, too.

Also, don’t miss the free punch needle pattern of mine from Weeks Dye Works!

That’s just the beginning . . . stay tuned for the Grand Re-Design Celebratory Opening! More good deals and fun things in store! Whew!

I’d love to know what you think about the new design – is it easier to find things?

I’ll be back soon with details about the Grand Opening . . .  I just announced the winner of the free red dot pattern and 1/4 yard of overdyed wool on my Facebook Page. If you haven’t visited there (or LIKED me there) come on over. I have been giving away a free pattern every month to my Facebook Fans. Get in on that!

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend everyone! As always, pray for our troops and never forget 9/11!


New Hook-a-Month Design for Fall 2011

Folk ‘n’ Fiber is ready to start taking orders for the Fall 2011 Hook-a-Month kits. Limited kits are available. When they are gone, they are gone, so sign up now to reserve your kit! I was lucky enough to find two antique hooked rugs that I really liked. I adapted the Hook-a-Month design to include elements from each one. I hope you love it as much as I do! So primtive and visually appealing.

Similar to the quilters’ block-of-the-month projects, this kit will come to you in six monthly shipments from Sept, 2011 to Feb.2012. If you order a kit with cut wool, you will receive cuts in #8 and #9, depending on the area of hooking.

Original Rugs Circa: late 1800s-early 1900s    Origin: unknown


Hook-a-Month Design ~ Star Birds 32 x 14

Hook-a-Month adaptation

Project Options & Info:

  • If you pay monthly, you pay for the monthly shipment plus shipping charges ($6.00/month) before each shipping date. I will bill your credit card before each shipment.
  • Due to the amount of coordination and paperwork needed for this offer, payments must be made by credit card or PayPal.
  • If you need more information, please email or call me. I hope to begin sending out the first shipments at the middle of September. Kit availability is limited, so be sure order now to reserve your kit.

One-Time Payment with Free Shipping ~ Save $36.00

  • Pattern and uncut wool = $220.00
  • Pattern and cut wool = $292.00

Monthly Payments

  • First payment when you order your kit (Sept.); I will bill your credit card monthly Oct-Feb.
  • Total for Pattern and Uncut Wool: $220.00 + $36.00 shipping = $256.00
  • Total for Pattern and Cut Wool: $292.00 + $36.00 shipping = $328.00
  • PAYMENTS FOR UNCUT: Month 1: $ 96.83; Months 2-6: $31.83/month (includes shipping)
  • PAYMENTS FOR CUT: Month 1: $108.85; Months 2-6: $43.83/month (includes shipping)

Shipping Schedule:

  • Sept 2011: Wool shipment #1
  • Oct 2011: Wool shipment #2
  • Nov 2011: Wool shipment #3
  • Dec 2011: Wool shipment #4
  • Jan 2011: Wool shipment #5
  • Feb 2011: Wool shipment #6

Hook the Summer Away . . .

Do you hook in the summer? It’s a busy time for everyone, and finding time to plan a rug and prep all the wool usually puts rug hooking on the back burner. That’s why I decided to offer a smaller Hook-a-Month rug for the summer months. You don’t have to worry about a thing. I send you the pattern and part of the wool in your first shipment, and then once a month, you get a shipment of more wool to continue the design. The summer project starts in the beginning of July and runs for just 4 months instead of 5 or 6, as usual. You just sit back and hook — while I do all the work for you. You don’t even have to find a place to store all the wool because it’s coming to you in installments.

This is another limited edition pattern, adapted from an antique rug. All the info is on my site, but here is a taste and feel for what it’s about . . . I hope you will join in so we can compare rugs when the project is over, and even during the hooking process. It’s fun to hook the same pattern with a group . . . even if you don’t meet with a group locally, you can share with the Hook-a-Month group right here!

The Old Pomegranate Tree

What a wonderfully naïve and primitive rug this one is . . . I adapted it for a light background.
The grey will be a taupe/grey texture to coordinate with the light taupe textured background. The design elements will contain a mixture of soft primitive colors in textured wool and mottled, overdyed solids. This is going to be spectacular! I will be hooking right along with you all!
The old rug:

My sketch for the Hook-a-Month rug:

The dull, flat colors in the sketch just give you a general idea of the color plan, so I created a swatch card so you can also see the wools that are planned for this kit:

That’s  a small pic – but gives you an idea and you can see it larger, along with all the information and more at my web site where you can reserve your kit and join the group! Just go to Rug Hooking/Hook-a-Month from the top nav bar. There are a limited number of these kits up for grabs and when they are gone, that’s the end. It will be helpful to know how many of you would like the kits, so I can get the correct amount of wool ordered and kits ready to go . . . I can’t wait to start hooking this one! I hope you love it, too.

What are you working on right now? Would you like to share photos and comments with other rug hookers about projects, supplies, camps, etc? Come over to and feel free to comment, post pics, ask questions — it’s a great sharing group.

Thanks for visiting today . . . Happy Summer!


More Time Saving – Label Your Rugs

Create a Custom Rug Label

I have been making these labels on binding tape for my rugs for years. You can bind your rug and add your label all at the same time. Save some time and they look great.

Here’s what you need:

  • Computer and graphics program or online graphics application
  • Fabric transfer paper (there are several available – I like June Tailor products.)
  • Rug binding tape, 1.75 inches wide
  • Iron, no steam
  • Hard, flat work surface

Here’s how I do it:

1.      Create your label on your computer in a graphics program like Paintshop, or with an online graphics application like, or whatever program you normally use. I use Photoshop, so the photo of my screen below shows that program open with my label graphic file open. Create a document that is no taller than the width of you binding tape – you’ll want to space above and below the text. Add your name, date, and location and any other information you want to have on your label. You can even add a graphic if you like. When you have it exactly as you want it, Save it, and then flip it horizontally so the text is backwards.

2.      Copy the image so you have several on the page if you want to label more than one rug – otherwise, don’t print more than you will use right away. The fabric transfer material does not work well if it has been sitting open to the air for very long.

3.      You might want to print out a test page on plain printer paper first to be sure it will fit well on your binding tape. Make any adjustments needed.

4.      Read the instructions that came with your transfer material then print the label. It should be backwards on the paper.

5.      Cut the label carefully from the sheet and trim so it fits on the binding tape.

6.      Again, refer to your transfer paper instructions, but generally, you want a hard surface that is low enough onto which you can lean all your weight forward. I use my worktable and I put a piece of scrap wood down to protect it. You can use a wooden cutting board or something else that is smooth, hard, and cab withstand the heat of your iron.

7.     Put your binding tape on the wood, lay your label face down onto the binding tape, allowing enough space on either side of the label to turn under the cut edges of the binding tape (if you are making a separate label.) If you are ironing the label onto the long piece of tape you will use to bind your rug, make sure you know where to place the label so it will be positioned in the correct place when you bind it to the rug. Sit the iron (no steam setting) in one spot on the label, lean on it with all your weight for about 10-15 seconds, and then move the iron to the next spot. Repeat until you have ironed the entire label – pay close attention to the edges.

7.      I find the paper peels of easier if I don’t allow it to cool completely. I wait until it is cool enough to handle, start at one end, and slowly peel the paper backing away from the transfer just a bit. Be sure that the lines are all transferred. If not, replace the paper and iron some more. All is transferred, slowly peel all the paper backing off. Allow the transfer to cool completely.

8.      Now you can either hand sew the label to the back of your rug, or attach the binding tape to the back of the rug as you whip stitch the edges – all at once.

And that’s it! Give it a try – I think you will love the way these look and you can make the label as long as you want – just keep transferring  to the length of your binding tape!

til next time . . .

Hook On!