Not all things are alike when it comes to tools and rug hooking tools are no different. Everyone has a preference to the materials they use or the type of hook. I have purchased and tried multiple different hooks. I did not like the long pencil hooks at all and even tried the hooks with a thin shaft and very fine hook. Yuk! Just seemed to not grab the entire strip and shred it.
So I always return to my trusty beginner hook. It's not very fancy or glamorous but we get along just fine. But there is always the lure of trying something new.
I know several rug hookers rave about the bent hook. If you have any wrist strain etc, especially if you are a primitive hooker using wide cuts you know what I mean. The bent hook is supposed to help with this and eliminate some of the wrist movement. I have purchased a couple of local made ones over the years but they have all had the fine shaft and point which I don't like. But still the Hartman Bent Hook was on my someday list.
Well someday is here. I finally purchased a medium Hartman.
I haven't really given it a good test drive yet but did hook a bit with it to finish this piece. It does take a little getting used to as you hold it differently in your hand. It is comfortable and is great for straight lines but I do need to practice a bit more on the curves and circles. It does slow me down a little until I get accustomed to it.
Speaking of this piece......I have finished the hooking (but not the binding yet). An online customer requested a sheep pillow. However when I sent her the photo she decided it wasn't for her.
So if anyone is interested in this Whimsical Sheep Pillow, send me an email. I will have it bound and stuffed by the end of the week and if no one is interested I will post it in my Etsy shop.
Happy Thursday Friends!