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Join us for a full day of fun, food, and vendors. Bring the rug you are working on or shop for a new project. February 8, 2014, 10 until 4. Park Lane Hotel, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina $30 fee includes lunch, door prizes, and a little something extra You can register here by clicking on the Hilton Head Hook-In button. The charge will come up like you are buying a pattern when you check out but trust us. You also can call us at (401) 932-6994 with a credit card, or send a check by good old-fashioned US Mail to Laura Kenyon, Seaside Rug Hooking Company,133 Old Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879. Seating is limited. Please register early so we can save your place. Sorry, no refunds after December 1. Make it a Girls' Trip or bring your husband and stay a few days. The hotel is "Pet Friendly", so bring the whole family! Hilton Head Hook-In Hotel
Park Lane Hotel is a wonderful, pet-friendly hotel right on Hilton Head Island. We have a block of rooms saved for us with your choice of 2 queen beds or a king bed. All rooms have a pull-out couch and full kitchen. The king rooms also have a fireplace. They are giving us an incredible room rate which includes breakfast. Call the hotel at (843)686-5700 or go the website: www.hiltonheadparklanehotel.com Click on promo/corporate discount and enter promo code "HIG" for the group rate of $59 plus resort fee. . Where do I start?
If you are shopping for a beginner or if you are a beginner yourself, start small. If you are shopping for a child or grandchild remember that instant results are what matters. Start with a small pattern with simple lines.
Even for yourself, start simple unless you are accomplished in other needle crafts or arts. The learning curve is amazing. In a small piece your technique will improve noticeably. You will be glad to get that first piece done so you can start a new piece with your new skill.
Here are some suggestions for beginners. All can be made up as kits with wool strips. Consider these patterns: Little House Stencil, April Showers, Bear, Two Squirrels, Little Rooster, or most any of the Birdhouse rounds.
To find a list of teachers near you, go to the ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) website, www.atharugs.com or the McGown Guild www.mcgownguild.com .And SAVE that first hooked piece. You will look at it many times and smile.
Our patterns are all available on Monks cloth, linen, or rug warp. We know that hookers choose their backing by what they want to work on, not what it costs. We don\'t want anyone hooking a pattern on a backing that they don\'t like because it costs less. So, we have never charged a premium for linen.
When you order a linen pattern from us, we routinely use unbleached linen. Many other pattern makers use bleached linen because it is easier to transfer the pattern but unbleached is actually a little stronger. If for any reason, you don\'t like the unbleached, we have a some bleached linen available. Just let us know that you prefer it when you place the order.
Rug warp is great for geometric designs because it is the only backing where the holes are perfectly square and the thread count is the same vertically and horizontally. It is a little stiff but that allows it to really hold its shape.
Monks cloth is good for all cuts. It moves easily to accommodate all but the largest width strips. For fine shading, it is great because it will allow you to add just a few loops almost anywhere you want them to go.
We also offer Verel as a backing choice. It\'s most commonly used in hanging or table top pieces when the background is left unhooked. Ask Laura about pricing.Catalog
We have a new color catalog available for $15.00! Email Laura@rughookseaside to get one. Over 350 patterns are shown including some not seen on the website.
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Our standard shipping in the US is Priority mail. Yes, this is what you get for the $6 flat shipping rate for any size rug. This lets us follow your order with a tracking number, and you get the package in 2-3 days. And free Priority Mail shipping for orders over $100.Facebook
Seaside Rug Hooking is on Facebook under The Hooked, Line and Sinker Club page. Join us for discussions on hooking and dyeing hints, gatherings, shows, and general stuff. Stop in to browse or post your creation for all to admire. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hooked-Line-and-Sinker-Rug-Hooking-Club/227113965276Kits Available
Many of the small pieces are available as kits, especially the Christmas pieces. If I only have one or two of a kind, they aren't listed on the website. Just call or email me and I'll see if the piece you like is available as a kit.
Just starting out as a newbie hooker? One thing you will want is a frame. If you have lived in a hooking household, or you have good friends, borrow one. If you do need to buy one, consider a quilting hoop to start out with. You may never need to buy an expensive frame, or at least you can put it off for a while. Many hookers try other frames and go back to the hoop. One caveat: Don't be cheap and try an embroidery hoop like I did for my first project. Too flimsy.
One of the biggest advantages of rug hooking over needlepoint or embroidery is how much space you can cover so quickly, so don't buy a small diameter hoop. If it is too small you'll be repositioning your work way too often.
Next, change out the screw for a much longer one. A hooked piece is quite thick whether hooking with wool strips or yarn. You'll need the extra length on the screw as you start to anchor hooked areas between the hoops. There you go...