I have wanted to create my own latchhook rug from scratch since I was a young girl in the early 1980s and worked my first store-bought latchhook kit.
One day, I just got brave (and determined) and cut myself a square of latchhook canvas that I’d had for quite some time, and taped up the edges. Then I drew a simple heart in the center by tracing around a wooden shape, and drew a little frame equidistant from all four edges. I choose two simple yarn colors and determined how long I wanted my yarn to be — about 2 1/2 inches is standard. So I cut two small pieces of black foam core board, each 1 1/4 inches thick and several inches long.
It is very easy to cut large amounts of latchhook rug yarn yourself, if you aren’t tooooo particular. I just wrapped the yarn around my two 1 1/4 inch thick pieces, cut across the center of the top, where the two pieces met, and that makes a stack of pretty much uniform length pieces, all approximately 2 1/2 inches long.
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If you are unfamiliar with latchhooking, I encourage you to try it! Remember that the easiest kits are sold for young kids, under 10 years of age. Very simple, just takes a tiny bit of practice…
First put the latch hook through one square so that it rests its little latch on the bottom of the square.
Then take one piece of yarn, tuck it under the latchhook and draw it up, folding it in half so that one half is on each side of the hook, which is still securely in the square hole.
Pinch the two ends together in your nondominant hand, pulling them together across the hook.
Pull the latchhook down smoothly with your dominant hand, catching the yarn between the main body of the hook and its little foldable latch.
This creates a knot. Pull it up and tight — use your nondominant hand to tug up on the two ends, while pushing the knot downward using your dominant hand’s index finger.
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Due to the nature of the work, it is always best to work from left to right (or backwards, if you are left handed) across an entire row, changing yarn colors as needed to complete each square. My simple design required very little effort on my part to figure out what color to use where. Other designs may give you a pattern similar to a cross-stitch design sheet, or else the canvas may be painted, in which case you need only look at what color the BOTTOM of each square is.
NOTE: While I definitely prefer top-down latching, some people do theirs bottom-up.
Search for “how to latch hook” on YouTube to see a variety of tutorials.
Once I had worked the entire design, I cut a piece of cloth about 5 inches wider than the entire thing, folded in about 1/2 inch, then brought that clean edge in to meet the line of knotted yarn, on each side.
I had previously braided a cord to match the latchhook rug itself, so I glued this around the edges and left the ends dangling.
This simple little tapestry has hung on my art wall since I first started hanging things up there. :O>
Here’s the slideshow with extra pics: