Thursday, August 09, 2007

Great New Book: Basic Rug Hooking

I just finished reading a new Stackpole book: Basic Rug Hooking edited by Judy P. Sopronyi, with rug hooking consultant Janet Stanley Reid. It's a perfect book for beginners - all the way through the book I kept thinking it would be a great text book for a beginning rug hooking class, but I think students would be shocked if they were asked to buy a text for a rug hooking class.

Usually when I read a book that introduces rug hooking I find I disagree with some of the instructions, but this book covers everything in about the same way I would when teaching a class - I especially like the way pulling up loops is explained and illustrated with good photos.

There are five hooking projects included, with pattern, instructions, supplies list, etc. They are all good beginner projects - I really like the first one, a unique little rooster that could be hooked easily in one class since it doesn't require any background. The last project is making hooked flower pins, and that's another project that could be easily completed in a single class.

Now that I think about it, this book would make a good guide for a beginning teacher!