Tools and supplies:
Rug hooking frame or hoop
Large rug hook or proddy tool
Rug hooking backing that fits your frame ((such as linen, rug warp, or monk's cloth)
Felted wool - your color of choice
Needle and thread
Step 1 - Determine the size of your flower.
Large Flower: Draw a 5" circle on backing, inside that circle draw a 3" circle.
Row 1 petals - 1" x 3"; Row 2 petals - 1" x 3 1/2"; Row 3 petals - 1" x 4"
Medium Flower: Draw a 4" circle on backing, inside that circle draw a 2" circle.
Row 1 petals - 1" x 3"; Row 2 - 1" x 3 1/4"; Row 3 - 1" x 3 1/2"
Small Flower: Draw a 3" circle on backing, inside that circle draw a 1" circle.
Row 1 petals 1" x 3"; Row 2 and 3 - 1" x 3 1/4"
Note: you can get multiple flowers on one piece of linen by spacing around and leaving about 2" between circles.
Preparing your petals: You can either tear or cut the strips to width. Use scissors or a rotary cutter and mat to cut to length.
Strips can vary between 1/2" and 1" width and 3" to 4" length. (Anything less than 3" length will be easier to work out of backing and greater than 4" will take much more wool.
Cut all your flower petals for your choice project. See below for some suggestions on how to shape your petals.
Save your wool snippets to stuff the flower back later.
Position your backing on your rug hooking frame or hoop - pulling it very tight.
Begin filling the center with any technique of your choice. Some different ways to do the center are:
Hooked Center Waldoboro Center Proddy Center
# 5 - 8 Cut See Instructions Below #8 Or #9 Cut
To proddy you will pull the petals from beneath the backing to the top using a large rug hook.
Using your rug hook, pull one end of the petal through the backing very close to the center. Skip a few holes and pull the other end of petal through. Skip a few holes and push your hook down in a hole and pull the next petal up through the backing. Skip a few holes and pull the other end of petal through.
Continue in this manner until the first row is complete.
Repeat "first row" instructions above for all rows until the outer circle is full.
Large Flower - Hooked Center
About 70 Petals
Medium Flower - Waldoboro Center
About 50 Petals
Small Flower - Proddy Center
About 40 Petals
How to finish the flower:
1. On the back side of your flower - rub some glue around the outside of the petals. This will keep the backing from unraveling. Let dry. (See Figure A)
2. Trim the flower from the backing leaving about 1/2" border of backing around the flower. (See Figure B Above)
3. Fold the border into middle of the flower and baste stitch the backing into the center.
4. Cut a piece of wool for the back of your flower making it about 1/4" larger than the center circle - depending on the size of your flower from step 1. (Color of wool backing is of your choice.)
5. Another way to finish the back is hook a circle about 1/4" larger than your center circle. Prepare the hooked back following instructions 1 - 3 from above.
6. Stitch around the edge of the backer piece of wool making sure to stitch to the base of the petals and not the backing. When you have about 1" opening - stuff your snippets inside the flower backer to round it out and continue to close.
Have fun making these Proddy Flowers! Be creative and display them in different ways. Some ideas are shown below!
Use your flowers in many ways.
Mount them on a stem and Mount them on
display in a vase a rusty spring
Attach them to a Proddy Wreath
Share your completed projects on our Facebook page.
"The Gator Rug Hooking Group"
This technique makes for a strong three dimensional statement. Works great for Black - Eyed Susan, Shasta Daisies, and Sunflowers. Tweed wool add realism to these centers.
For Waldoboro - break all rules of hooking and never skip any holes when making loops.
To begin, start on the outside of the center circle and hook a row of normal height loops using a #6 cut. (For a softer finished a smaller cut can be used.)
Clip each loop of the first row - making all tails the same size.
Hook the second row butted up next to first row and raise the loops a little higher than the first row. Clip the loops as before.
Continue making higher rows until the loops "stair step" up to the center.
Proddy center before sculpted
Take the pattern off the frame for the next step. (This will be messy.)
Sculpt a smooth and rounded center.
Carefully trim away the edges of the wool to smooth and round the surface toward the center. Placing a finger underneath and push up on the center makes it easier to trim.
Proddy center after sculpted
Remember it is easier to take more off than put more back on so trim gradually.
Waldoboro does take a little more work, but the end result is spectacular.
Rug hooking frame or hoop
Rug hooking backing to fit your frame (such as linen, rug warp or monks cloth)
Felted wool (color of choice.) (This is a good time to use up all those little pieces of scrap wool.)
Wire wreath frame - can find them at Michael's or Amazon (Instructions are for a 12 Inch)
Needle and thread
Proddy tool, large rug hooking hook, or surgical hemostat
Prepare your pattern:
Prepare your leaves:
Getting ready to Proddy:
Using a large hook insert it into the backing about five holes away from the stitch line. Holding a leaf strip underneath pull one end of leaf up to the top - skip over a few holes and insert hook into backing again and pull up other end of leaf. Repeat this process until all the backing is filled around the entire circle.
When using a Proddy tool you will be working from the underneath pushing the leaf from the back to the front.
Looking forward to seeing all these creations.
How to finish your wreath will be the next step coming soon. Have Fun!
How much wool will you need?
Length x width x 6 ÷ 1440 = yd’s needed
Measure hooked area in inches
How to clean your Hooked Rugs
Cleaning solution recipe:
1 tablespoon granulated Tide (no additives of any kind)
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon of warm water
Mix vinegar and water together in a bucket. Dissolve Tide in water solutions. Make soap suds. Put suds on rug and rub suds in a circular motion moving from center outward. Let dry and then vacuum rug.
Provided by Laurie Manthorne
1. Press and prepare Hooked Rug to be finished. Machine stitch about 1 inch from hooked area all around rug. Cut linen away from rug along the outer stitched line. Fold the linen edge to the back of rug and press down. See pictures A and B.
2. Cut strips of 3 inch wool pieces to go around the entire piece adding at least 6 inches for overlapping at the ends. It is best to use as long a strip of wool as possible to eliminate having too many seams. Machine stitch ends together making one long strip of wool. Lay cording on the 3 inch strip of wool and fold over about 1 inch. Machine stitch as close to cording as possible. See pictures C and D.
3. Lay the sewn corded wool strip to the bottom edge of the hooked rug. Begin hand stitching about 3 inches from the end of trim. See picture E. Make sure to stitch between your loops and not through the wool loops. Stitch around the entire piece leaving about 3 inches at the very end for overlapping. See picture F.
4. Your finished rug trim should look like picture F at this point.
5. To finish the corded edge take one end of trim and pull back the cord and place the wool over the other corded end. You may have to trim some wool off the end to make it lay flat. See picture G. Snip the cord ends and place the wool together. See picture H and I. Hand stitch the wool around the cord. See picture J.
6. Hand stitch the corded wool to bottom edge closing up your overlap. See picture K.
7. To finish the corners pinch the wool together and snip at an angle. See pictures L and M.
8. Hand stitch the corner angles together. See picture N.
9. Hand sew the wool binding to the back of the rug. See picture O.
Enjoy your finished Rug!
Sibyl Osicka came to Sebastian for a three day workshop on January 21st – 23rd for members of the Gator Group Rug Hookers. A total of seventeen members signed on to the workshop to learn from one of the best McGown instructors in the nation. Her emphasize was on fine shading, however, she stated “Not everyone is interested in fine shading and that is fine, but some of my thoughts can be taken over to wide cut and applied.”
This was a very well organized workshop and many different areas of rug hooking were covered. Sibyl covered so many avenues of rug hooking that it did not matter if you were a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooker, everyone learned something in this workshop.
She shared many helpful hints during this workshop. Some of them are listed below.
“Ode to My Wife, the Hooker”
By Cyvia Simmons
She learned to hook on Monday, her loops were going fine.
She forgot to thaw our dinner, so we went out to dine.
She hooked pretty daisies Tuesday, she said they were a must.
They really were quite lovely, but she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was strawberries, she said the fingering’s were fun.
What highlights! And what Shadows! But the laundry wasn’t done.
She hooked apples on a Thursday, so juicy, bright, and red.
I guess she really got engrossed for she forgot to make the bed.
It was violets on Friday, in colors she adores.
It never bothered her at all that crumbs were on the floor.
I hired a maid on Saturday, so my week was now complete.
My wife could hook for hours, yet the house would still be neat.
Well, it’s already Sunday, and I’ve gone by the book.
I’ve cursed, I’ve raved, I’ve raged, my wife taught the maid to hook.
Oh Lord, one more project!
This was a very good workshop. Judith and Marta had many projects to show the many ways Proddy can be incorporated in your rug hooking designs. We had a hands on class where they were very helpful in showing us how to make beautiful Proddy flowers. They both stated that the book “Prodded Hooking for a Three Dimensional Effect by Gene Shepard” is a very good book to learn proddy. All who attended this class was very appreciative of Marta’s and Judith’s contribution and time spend preparing for this class.
The pastor could not attended our Potluck Luncheon due illness. Judi Overly passed a thank you card around for all to sign. Judi will give the thank you card along with our $100 donation to the church.
After the luncheon we had lots of fun playing “Dirty Santa” with the ornaments brought by each member. Judi had everyone draw a number and we all took our turn choosing an ornament from the table, or being a Dirty Santa and steeling from another person. This made for a very fun exchange!
Peggy brought a Primitive Santa Doll that she made using muslin and clothing of a coat, hat and cape made from wool to be giving away as a door prize. Debbie Rocco was the lucky winner. Also, Joan brought a basket of knitted dish cloths she made for all to take one home. We missed all who could not attend!
Beginning Rug Hooking Class – Instructed by Marta Grinberg
This was a very good class that covered the history of rug hooking, backing materials used, and all the equipment needed for rug hooking. She also discussed the different styles and designs of rug hooking such as: primitives, pictorials, florals, Orientals, geometric, crewels, monochromatic. She had examples to show each of these styles and designs. Hooking direction, balancing color, loops, and borders was also talked about. This was a very informative class and she pasted on lots of helpful hints. All who attended this class was very appreciative of Marta’s contribution and time spend preparing for this class.
See the "Beginning Rug Hooking Class" blog for the complete details of the class.