It is amazing at the hundreds of emails I have received over the years since the beginning of The Latchhook Page back in 1997. It is good too see so many who are working or beginning in this artistic method. I am an amateur and maybe do not follow the more professional methods. I have found it more fun to experiment and design my own patterns and find different materials to use for the canvas base. "Canvas"? I have wondered why the mesh used in latchhooking was called that. Ha. It is far from what I think of as canvas. Maybe it it is thought of as a painters canvas. that would make sense as it is the base on which is built artistic pictures and designs. I use my very small latch hook and use burlap as the canvas. the larger latchhooks don't work as well with burlap. But it does make a nice base material, you just have to watch it bunching and pulling off of the rectangle or square form. I never use a frame but work with the material in my lap. I guess I am just trying to say, experiment with different materials for the base material and different sizes and types of yarns. Makes it more original and fun I think.
GOOD LUCK AND HAVE GREAT FUN CREATING YOUR RUGS AND WALL HANGING TAPESTRIES.
Just finished this blanket. Took 25 days but I had never tried this before. It is chain (crocheted?) using yarn my wife didn't want anymore. I carved a wood crochet hook for her a few years back and used it to make this blanket. The flower is latchhooked onto surface but I tied permanent knots in each yarn thread. It is very warm and comfy and my dog Chico loves it. This makes an easy base or canvas to latchhook on, but does take a bit of time to make.
This is my latest rug created for a grandaughter in college. She is training to become a Registered Nurse. She is into sports so that is why the Olympic Rings. This rug took over a year to complete as I only worked sporadically on latchhooking.
Here is the other rug. I finally got my camera working and got to take the pix just the other day.
Well after a one year hiatus I have dug out my latchhooking supplies for this winter season. I did my youngest grandaughters rug using burlap as the canvas. I have only one of the miniature latchhooks so if it breaks I don't know where I will be able to replace it. But I bought three running yards of 36 inch wide burlap. Should be enough to keep me busy for a long time. Maybe a vest eventually but I will probably do a more standard type of wall hanging. Will keep you informed. 10/13/2006 Paul
My next project I have been considering is a vest. Has anyone tried to latchhook a vest before? Sounds like a fun project. Well here winter is coming on and I am getting fired up to start on the vest. Nothing nicer than settling down in a warm house with big snowflakes coming down outside and working on my latchhooking. :-) Well no snow yet actually but could happen anytime. Got all my materials and am ready to snuggle down and get to work.
The latchhook is kind of an orphan to the traditional methods of tapestry and rug crafting.It shouldn't be. I have found the latchhook to be capable of greater range of colors and and finer detail. Up to twelve colors are possible in each square of the mesh,(base material) if you use the lighter weight skeins. Colors are blended in this manner, using inexpensive yarns, or the most fine to form your palette. Latchhooks are available at most craft stores for a few dollars, also the mesh material by the foot. You might want to try a kit to gain a little experience, then create your own designs. Here you will see some of my freehand designs and maybe a few tips to get you started.
The Latchhook Page was included in C&T Publishers new book 'FREE STUFF FOR STITCHERS ON THE INTERNET by Judy Heim & Gloria Hansen' and rated by them to be among the 'Best On The Web'.I am happy to place this award here on The Latchhook Page. Click on the award logo, when you are through at Latchhook, to check out C&T Publishers webpages. They have much neat stuff there. Thanks to everyone who travels through these pages.
Thanks to all who have written me with encouragement about this site, and to those who have decided to take up latchhooking as a hobby. PLEASE NOTE, AT THIS TIME I DO NOT SELL ANY PRODUCT ON THIS SITE. I get many requests for catalogues and products, but I haven't any. I may at sometime in the future sell special latchhooks, but they are still in development.
IN MEMORY OF OUR SWEET LITTLE PIPSY