Area Rugs Crafts Resources
Rug Hooking Information
A rug hooking studio based out of Maine. Website includes a perfection acid dye color card, rug hooking tools and equipment, a rug hooking book shop, a rug hooking kit list, rug hooking designs, a hooked rug gallery, hand dyed swatches, links to other rug hooking websites, and articles about rug hooking that include onion skin dyeing, over dyeing for beautiful hooked rugs, binding rug edges, origins of rug hooking, hooking leaves, and more.
This is a sparse site, covering just a few aspects of rug making and in only rudimentary detail. However, you can get a brief description and overview of how to make a braided rug, including materials and simple instructions for actually making a braided rug. There are also material lists and simple instructions for making hooked rugs, and latch-hooked rugs.
Rug Cleaning Tips
These rug cleaning tips for your Oriental or Persian rug from RugSpa.com can help you a lot. It's important to treat spills or stains as soon as possible, the article says, or they will further damage your rug. The article lists common household stains and tells you how to treat them. For example, egg, milk, blood, candy, ice cream, chocolate, sugar and salad dressing are treated one way, while oil, tar, butter and grease are treated another. It also covers chewing gum and ballpoint pen ink. The article tells you how to make the cleaning detergents you'll need for the various stains. Importantly, the article also tell you the kind of stains and spills that should only be removed by a professional: lipstick, rouge, nail polish, rust, dried mustard and candle wax.
Braided Area Rugs
This braided rug database includes photos and a gallery of braided rugs and a picture rug gallery. Provided is information about rug restoration and repairs as well as a chair pad gallery. Chair pads can be made as sets for dining room chairs, or individually for accent chairs, etc. They can also be made for ottomans, bar stools, and in oval shapes for window seats and benches. Chair pads may also be made with hooked centers to depict a favorite scene or a photo of a pet.
Meet Other Rug Hookers
Perhaps the best way to improve your rug hooking and do a bit of socializing is to meet other rug hookers. There is a website called Meetup.com that facilitates people with common interests getting together in the local areas where they live. With Meetup.com, you can join an existing group, or create your own. If there is no group in your area, and you don't want to take the initiative, you can also sign up to express an interest so that someone who is organizationally minded can see there's some interest and start a group. At this writing there are groups in Sydney, Australia, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Tucson, Rochester, Mich., and Astoria, NY, but there's a fairly long list of locations with people who have expressed interest.