Virtual Rug Hooking Classroom

Want to learn to rug hook or improve your skills but you don't have a teacher nearby? Check out some of these great on-line resources.

The Hooking Basics

Getting Started with Cindi Gay
Foundation Cloth reviews by Cindi Gay
Foundation Cloth differences with Kris Miller
Know what side of the wool you are pulling with April DeConick
Rug hooking glossary of terms with Kris Miller
Rug Hooking 101 by Cheryl and Gary White

Gene Shepherd's Internet Rug Camp: The Basics video

Sally Charnley demonstrating the basics of rug hooking

Patterns

Enlarging patterns with Cindi Gay
Drawing straight lines with Cindi Gay
Making patterns with Gene Shepherd
Transferring patterns with Gene Shepherd

Hooking Techniques

Shading with Cindi Gay
Bead hooking with Gene Shepherd
Hooking scrolls with Gene Shepherd
Hooking spirals with Gene Shepherd
Staggering ends with Gene Shepherd
Hiding tails and beading with Laurie Lausen
Hooking very wide cuts with Gene Shepherd
Hooking tips with Debbie Gaines
Tips for Geometrics with Gene Shepherd
Hooking eyes with April DeConick
Pointillism: Impressionistic hooking with April DeConick
Hooking with value swatches with April DeConick
How to hook a rose with April DeConick

Pixelating with Jane Halliwell Green

"Shagging" with Jane Halliwell Green

Gene Shepherd's Internet Rug Camp: How to hook a corner

Gene Shepherd's Internet Rug Camp: Making points

Gene Shepherd's Internet Rug Camp: Hooking a round object

Hooking with Alternative Fabrics

Hooking with yarn by April DeConick
Hooking with eyelash yarn by April DeConick
Hooking with acrylic yarn by April DeConick
Hooking with cotton yarn by April DeConick
Hooking with polar fleece by April DeConick
Hooking with tee-shirts by April DeConick
Hooking with velvet by April DeConick

Color

Color planning with Cindi Gay
What a difference value makes with April DeConick
AVIVA online color directory
Dimensions of color with April DeConick
Internet color scheme designer
Color Theory

Design

Rug Design 101: Getting started with April DeConick
Rug Design 101: Initial Decisions with April DeConick
Rug Design 101: What type of rug? with April DeConick
Rug Design 101: Central Motif with April DeConick
Rug Design 101: Border Designs with April DeConick
Keeping a rug art journal with April DeConick
Design elements with mixed media artist John Lovett

Dyeing

Dyeing for Rugs 101: Starting with Palette Dyeing with April DeConick
Dyeing for Rugs 101: Equipment with April DeConick
Dyeing for Rugs 101: Preparing the wool with April DeConick
Dyeing for Rugs 101: Mixing the Dyes with April DeConick
Dyeing for Rugs 101: Dyeing the wool with April DeConick
Instructions for Crock Pot Dyeing with April DeConick
How to rip wool off the bolt for dyeing with Cindi Gay
Dyeing with pennies by Cindi Gay
Casserole Dyeing with Gene Shepherd
Dip Dyeing with Gene Shepherd
Dye equipment with Gene Shepherd
Dyeing archive with Gene Shepherd
Marblezing wool with Gene Shepherd
Crock pot dyeing with April DeConick
Tips for gradation dyeing with April DeConick
Kool-aid dyeing with Kris Miller
Dyeing Techniques with Amherst Antiques

Finishing Rugs

Steaming with Cindi Gay
Blocking rugs with Gene Shepherd
Preparing the foundation's edge with Cindi Gay
Whipping the edge of a rug with Cindi Gay
Whipping tips for rug finishing with Cindi Gay
How to create rug labels with April DeConick
Label your rugs with Cindi Gay
The easy way to finish a pillow with Cindi Gay
Applying fringe to a pillow with Gene Shepherd
Mitered corners with Gene Shepherd
Variety of ways to finish rugs with Laurie Lausen
Rug binding with cording by Wendy Barton-Miller
Finishing with 1 1/2" wool binding strips with April DeConick

Crocheted Edges for rugs with Judy Cripps


Special Projects

Tips for making purses with Jennifer Manuell

Videos

Hooking rugs with Deanne Fitzpatrick

Rug hooking with Gail Dufresne

BOOKS TO CONSULT

Thom Boswell, The Rug Hook Book: Techniques, Projects And Patterns For This Easy, Traditional Craft

Antique Rugs

Joel and Kate Kopp, American Hooked and Sewn Rugs: Folk Art Underfoot

Jessie A. Turbayne, Hooked Rug Treasury and Hooked Rugs: History and the Continuing Tradition

Color

Joen Wolfrom, Three in One Color Tool

Joen Wolfrom, Color Play

Joen Wolfrom, Visual Coloring

Kaffe Fassett, Glorious Colour

Michael Wilcox, Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green

Colored Pencil Society of America, The Best of Colored Pencil 4

Fruit and Florals

Susan D. Bourdet, Painting the Allure of Nature

Kathryn Kipp, The Best of Flower Painting and The Best of Flower Painting 2

Shirley Sherwood, Contemporary Botanical Artists: The Shirley Sherwood Collection

Dyeing

Landscapes

Gary Greene, Artist's Photo Reference: Landscapes

Bart Rulon, Artist's Photo Reference: Water & Skies