Sunday, October 18, 2009

I received a question about new hookers struggling with pulling is my 2 cents!

One of the things I’ve learned in all my years of teaching is...
It’s NOT the’s the technique!

Many beginner’s and a lot of long time hooker’s too, struggle with splitting wool, catching foundation threads, and pulling poorly formed loops.

While it’s commonly know that when pulling up loops you lift each loop in the direction of the starting tail or previous loop to avoid pulling out your work. I don’t see or hear anyone talk much about the action of the hook. What I do see is a lot of hookers stabbing the hook shallowly through a hole and barely catching the side of wool strip...shredding and twisting it as it comes to the surface.

Here is my opinion...
Put the hook ALL THE WAY through the hole, so that the WHOLE SHAFT is under the foundation, and with most inexpensive ball or pencil style hooks the wooden handle hits the top of the foundation. Slightly tilt the hook to catch the wool strip and pull the hook up through the hole at somewhat of an angle. I call it a scooping motion.
You are using the shaft of the hook to form a nice plump loop...the hook end is really just there to keep the loop from falling of the end.

Of course, more expensive wide shaft hooks make this easier, but used improperly can still trouble and discourage someone who is just beginning and at a much greater cost!

Our foremothers used a bent nail and worn cloth...and they made treasures!

Happy Hooking ~ Laurie


  1. Hi Laurie...It's so funny that you should have a post on this subject...I just purchased a new hook (a Hartmann), and my wool is still shredding and I am still catching threads of my foundation!! I did begin to put my hook even further in the holes and that has helped. I thought maybe it was the I think it is probably me!! Thanks for the post!


  2. Hi Bobbie, So glad you saw this post, too! Give it a try and you'll have plump, happy loops! Miss chatting with you on PRHG...but I don't get there much these days. Hope all is well with you! ~L

  3. Thanks! I am so happy that I found you! I have hooked for a bit, and I find that I am pulling the wool to pieces...couldn't figure out what I was I do! Thanks again! Jan

  4. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find this info helpful. I just left a comment on your blog about the piece you are working on now!


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