All of us in the Artist Tribe have been busy creating projects to showcase colorful, beaded Afghan Kuchi patches. It's my turn today and I can't wait to share my project with you and show you how you can make this easy wall hanging out of rug canvas, Sari Ribbon, and a Kuchi Patch. You'll need 2 different hook rug tools for this project, a traditional latch hook and a new tool for me: a Locker Hook.
Recently I saw a hooked rug with pattern and texture I'd never seen before. After doing some research to find out how it was made I decided to try to incorporate what I'd learned into my Kuchi wall hanging design. It turned out that key was using a Locker Hook.
Here are the supplies and tools that I used to make my wall hanging:
- Latch Rug Canvas
- Going Global Large Kuchi Patch
- 2 Skeins of Darn Good Yarn Sari Ribbon (I used Tibet Jewels and Beach BonFire Chiffon)
- Scrap Yarn
- Thread and needle
- Locker Hook
- Latch Hook
- Piece of decorative metal
- Turkman Jewelry Parts
To begin I cut a piece of latch rug canvas just slightly larger than my finished design. Then I folded the edges of the canvas over to the back, and used the locker hook threaded with Sari Ribbon to add a blanket stitch to finish the edges.
Then I hand sewed my Sari Patch onto the canvas using a needle and thread.
Next I cut some of the Tibet Jewels Sari Ribbon into 3" strips and using a regular latch hook created a border around the Kuchi Patch.
Now for the fun part - putting the Locker Hook to work! First, thread the Locker Hook with a length of scrap yarn. This yarn can be any color since it won't be visible when you're finished.
Then, with your left hand holding the end of the Beach Bonfire Chiffon Sari Ribbon under the canvas, (no need to cut it from the skein), push the hook of the Locker Hook through the first hole of the canvas, hook the Sari Ribbon from underneath, and then pull the sari ribbon up through the hole to the top of the canvas.
With the first loop still on the hook, push the hook down into an adjacent hole and pick up another loop of Sari Ribbon. Pull the second loop to the top of the canvas. Continue to pull up more loops until the Locker Hook is full.
When the Locker Hook is full of loops, pull the Locker Hook and the yarn through them all to "Lock" the loops in place.
Locker Hooking is fast, fun, and easy to do. You can get rows of loops locked into place in no time no time.
Here's the finished hooked area.
To finish the piece I added a piece of decorative metal from my stash, braided Sari Ribbon, and some Turkman Jewels.
I really love my new Kuchi Patch Wall Hanging. October is Kuchi Patch Month at Gwen Lafleur Studio which means that all Kuchi Patches in the Shop are 15% off through the end of the month. Just use the coupon code 15OffKuchiPatches at checkout!
Thanks for stopping by to discover more Infinite Possibilities. Until next time... Hugs, Jill