HOW TO MAKE A RUG HOOKED STOCKING
Bergere de France Lunele, 100% polyester, 352m/355yd per 25g, one spool in Or (51775) (Yarn A) (ours was from www.lovecrochet.com) Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky, 50% wool, 50% acrylic, 100m/109yd per 100g, one ball in Evergreen (1030) (Yarn B) Lana Grossa Superbingo, 100% wool, 55m/60yd per 50g, one ball in Hellrot (46) (Yarn C) Lamana Puno, 60%
alpaca, 40% wool, 60m/66yd per 50g, one ball in Karmin (033) (Yarn D) DMC Natura Just Cotton XL, 100% cotton, 75m/83yd per 100g, one ball in Pink (41) (Yarn E) and two balls in Cream (31) (Yarn F) Berroco Vintage Chunky, 52% acrylic, 40% wool, 8% nylon, 124m/136yd per 100g, one ball in Sunny (06121) (Yarn G) 50 x 50cm (19 x 19 ") monk’s cloth
50 x 50cm (19 x 19 ") backing fabric 50 x 70cm (19 x 275/ 8") lining fabric Sewing needle Matching sewing thread Tapestry frame Gold thread Needle punch Latch hook tool Pom pom maker 30 x 20cm (117/ x 77/ 8") 8 rug canvas Wool needle 18cm (71/ 8") gold ribbon, 1cm ( 3 /8") wide 5cm (2") cardboard
This artisan stocking has blown the pillowcase option out of the water. It’s not as roomy, but fine jewellery doesn’t take up that much space anyway (we live in hope) and the pay off in texture is worth it. There’s rug hooking, needle punching, pom poms and tassels all vying for attention, resulting in a Merry-Christmas-to-me piece that’s equal parts stocking and wall art. RSVP to the texture party – you’ll find us fondling yarn and practising our Mariah high notes.
01 Cut or copy the stocking template from page 97, then cut a piece of monk’s cloth large enough to accommodate the stocking shape and stretch it over the tapestry frame or a large embroidery hoop. Using the
stocking template and a pencil, draw the shape onto the cloth. Put this to one side for now.
02 To make the latch hook fringe, measure the top of the stocking and cut a piece of the rug canvas about 3cm (1¼") larger in each direction. Only the stocking top will be latch hooked. Begin wrapping Yarn E around the 5cm (2") piece of cardboard. Once the yarn has been wrapped around a few times, cut down the middle. This will create strands of yarn ready to use. Repeat with Yarns A,C,D,F and G.
03 Push the latch hook tool through the canvas, making sure the latch mechanism is above the line and facing towards you.
04 Take a cut piece of Yarn E and run it underneath the tool, making sure it’s below the line the tool was pushed through. Pinch the two ends of yarn together and wrap both pieces into the open mouth of the hook, as shown.
05 Close the latch and pull the tool towards you, letting go of the two ends of yarn, then pull the yarn all the way through.
06 Using the chart on page 97 as a guide to the colour changes, or making a pattern of your own, repeat this process over and over until the piece of rug canvas is "lled, leaving a border around the edges. To make the piece extra thick and #uffy, use two pieces of yarn for each square.
07 Once complete, trim the excess canvas at the sides of the piece.
08 To cover the top edge, take the yarn needle and thread it with a length of Yarn F. Sew around the edge until no plastic is left showing. This is now ready and can be put to one side.
09 Using a pencil and the main image as a guide, draw a pattern straight onto the fabric stocking shape. To needle punch the main part of the stocking, thread the needle punch with one of Yarns B-G, making sure the yarn is threaded through the hole at the top of the needle and coming out the back. This is important, as the loops will not stay otherwise.
10 Take the needle and punch down into the fabric of your "rst chosen section until the wooden handle meets the fabric.
11 Bring the needle back out and move it along roughly 0.5cm ( "). Be sure to not bring the needle out too far as you’ll pull the looped
HOW TO MAKE A RUG HOOKED STOCKING
yarn out. Move the needle along, making small running stitches.
12 Continue to !ll in the sections with the needle punch and Yarns B-G. You’ll notice the stitches will have formed lots of little loops on the back of the work – this will become the right side (RS).
13 Once all the marked sections have been !lled, turn the frame over and make sure the loops don’t need any trimming. You won’t need to needle punch right to the top of the marked stocking template, as the latch hooked piece will sit over this area.
14 Using the paper template, cut two pieces of fabric for the lining of the stocking. Cut the needle punched fabric out, leaving 3cm (1¼") around the outside of the template marks. Use this as a template to cut a second piece of fabric for the back of the stocking.
15 Aligning the top raw edges, pin one lining piece to the stocking front, RS together, and one lining piece to the stocking back, RS together, as shown.
16 Sew both pairs 1cm ( 3 /8") down from the top, then press open.
17 Lay one stocking piece on the other, RS together. Pin around the edges. For the hanging loop, fold the length of gold ribbon in half and pin the folded end inside at the top corner above the heel, leaving a 2cm (¾") seam allowance.
18 Next, sew all the way around the stocking, leaving a 10cm (4") gap in the lining. Turn the stocking to the RS through the gap, then fold the raw edges at the gap to the wrong side and sew closed.
19 Using your !ngers, push the lining back into the stocking. You might !nd it helpful to use the end of a knitting needle to help push the fabric into the corners. Hand sew the latch-hooked piece onto the top of the stocking.
20 For the dangling embellishment, make two large pom poms: one in Yarn B and one in Yarn E. Make two small pom poms: one in Yarn C and one in Yarn D. Make three chunky tassels: one of each in Yarns E, F and G. Wrap the middle of each of the tassels with a scrap of Yarn A for sparkle. Thread all the tassels and pom poms onto a length of Yarn F, referring to the main image as a guide to placement, and sew in place beside the gold hanging loop at the top corner of the completed stocking.