I'm a little ashamed by the lack of posting this week. Where, oh where, has the week gone? I've been knitting a lot and even hooking a bit, too, but just haven't seemed to find the time to take photos. Soon. I promise.
I am heading down to the city right after work tonight, for an early start to my weekend (meeting up with Elaine and heading to see this tomorrow...yay!), but wanted to try and squeeze in a quick post before I go. And what is quicker than plagiarizing my own words (from an email I sent earlier in the week to Liz)....?
I often find the tails (vs. loops) can be distracting when I am looking at rug hooking - especially when two tails are pulled up next door to one another. Here are my secrets showing some of ways that you can 'hide' your ends/tails in your hooking......(hopefully the words combined with the illustration below explain well enough - let me know if you have ?? in the comments - or if you have any secret methods of your own to share...thanks!)
At the beginning of a row.....
up your end/tail, just in a bit from where you would normally start
hooking. Go back and pull up your first loop. Continue forward and pull
up your 2nd loop, just past your tail/end....and continue hooking
normally. (1) If you can try to adjust your initial tail (when pulling
up your first loop) so that it is at exactly the right height, you
won't need to trim it. This lack of trimming will further help to
'hide' it, since the fuzzy end is far less obvious than a freshly cut
At the end of a row.....
Hook normally until you
have ~1" of wool remaining on the underside. Carefully pull up just the
tail/end, leaving a loop below the surface. Pull up that loop, and
adjust the last loop's height by pulling on the tail/end. (2) This
does take a little practice to get the hang of it, and keep your last
loop from twisting. I find that pinching the loop below helps
Starting in the middle of a strip.....You
can also start hooking in the middle of a strip of wool - to avoid
having too many tails line up along one edge, if you are doing straight
rows of hooking. Just start hooking your first row anywhere along the
strip, then carry on hooking with the remainder of the strip in the next
row (above or below) (3)
Hide in the ditch....Finally, you can also just pull up your tail 'in the ditch' between rows, perpendicular to your loops. (4)
Auntie Jean (Armstrong) taught me the first trick (hiding your tails at
the beginning) when I first learned how to hook. I figured out the
others on my own.