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Latch-hooking Rugs (Textiles Handbooks)

Latch hooking is one of the rare fiber arts that combines ease and flexibility. This yarn craft takes just minutes to learn, and the only materials required are a latch hook, yarn, and latch canvas. Despite its simplicity, the medium offers endless possibilities from home decoration to provocative artwork. Until now, latch hooking has become stuck in deep shag kitsch. But in Latch-hooking Rugs, artist and educator Lynda Spiro takes the craft beyond its acrylic past. Thanks to Spiro's new book, there is no need to be limited by the dated designs found in most commercial latch hook kits.Latch-hooking Rugs teaches the basic techniques of the craft through supportive step-by-step directions, color illustrations, and vibrant photographs. The handbook also contains instructions for more than thirty different rug and wall-hanging projects, from bold stripes and checks to floral motifs to three-dimensional effects, all presented in colorways that complement today's decor. For latch-hookers who wish to create their own unique works, Spiro includes a chapter on design and inspiration. She even offers instruction on ways to use leftover yarn.With more than 100 color illustrations and dozens of contemporary designs, Latch-hooking Rugs revives the meditative craft of latch hooking for today's crafter.

Series: Textiles Handbooks

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (August 11, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0812220439

ISBN-13: 978-0812220438

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #156 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlecrafts & Textile Crafts > Rugs #232898 in Books > Textbooks

This book teaches you the materials, tools and the "how to" of latch hooking and how to finish your project, but my favorite part of the book is the designs. Instructions for the rug designs are well written and easily followed. The chosen rug wool colors for each design are combinations of colors that are pure eye candy. I love this book! I think the experienced latch hooker or someone who is just starting to latch hook would find this book informative and inspiring.

I found while there was a lack of technical information the book delivered on its promise- to get you creating great looking rugs quickly. a fun read that I have recommended to many

This is a very good project-centered book, so if that's what you want I recommend it. I have two other books in this series (yarn and dying) and they are rich with technique and I expected this book to be similar. The technical information in this book is very basic. For example, I was hoping for guidance selecting wool for projects; the book covers it in 2 paragraphs, and I felt the advice given was questionable.I'm keeping the book because I like her color schemes. She also gives a great website for help designing your own patterns.

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