Latch hooking carpet technique: tips for successful weaving.
Carpet weaving is an interesting occupation that came to us from distant centuries. From ancient times, people were weaving carpets and using them to cover walls and floors. They were the household adornment and a home value. There are many carpet weaving techniques. In this article we will talk about a technique, which uses a hook with a latch, or Latch hook. This very simple technique will allow you to master carpet weaving quickly and create beautiful carpets and tapestries.
Here are the tools you may need. The first and primary tool is the hook with a latch. In addition, you may need scissors to cut the yarn.
You can buy kits, which include a pattern, a base material, and a necessary thread set.
You can also create your own design. Then you will need:
- The base material is a thick mesh fabric or canvas. Usually plastic canvas is used. It is very thick and keeps its shape well. There are different canvas sizes. Keep in mind that the greater the number, the smaller the canvas cells will be. You can buy a canvas with a pattern on it.
- You can use yarn and threads of completely different texture and composition. The yarn thickness varies from 3/32 inches to 10/32 inches.
- For the Latch hooking technique, you will need to cut yarn into pieces of a certain length. The length of the yarn pieces depends on how fluffy you want your carpet to be. The average size is 2 ½ inches. You can buy ready-made yarn packs, with yarn cut into pieces of a certain length. Among yarn manufacturers and producers of ready-made sets for the Latch hooking technique we want to note Mary Maxim, Caron, and Darice.
If you purchased a ready-made set, you can start working as soon as you unpack it and study the scheme. Lay out all the yarn in front of yourself. Determine your starting point. It is better to start with the large scheme parts.
If you decide to weave a carpet or a tapestry of your own design, you will have to create the pattern. For this purpose, you can use cross-stitching software. Having created the pattern you will need to choose the yarn and the base for the work.
You can calculate the canvas size by the scheme squares. Each scheme square is a knot, respectively. Therefore, to calculate canvas sizes estimate the width +2 inches, and length + 2 inches.
Prepare yarns thread as follow: If you have yarn in hanks, you will have to cut it into many given length segments. This is a laborious process. To do this you need to make a template from a cardboard piece equal to the yarn length and fold it in half. Neatly and evenly, wind the yarn on it and cut it from the free template edges. It is easier to purchase ready-cut yarn.
1. Take a yarn piece, fold it in half, and place on a hook.
2. Pass the hook under the canvas thread.
3. Take the working yarn ends and hook it onto the hook ends.
4. Pull the hook thread through the canvas and the resulting loop.
5. Secure the knot tightly.
Making knots this way, one by one, you can fill in the whole pattern. Fill the canvas with knots starting with large elements of the same color. Make sure the threads are even.
If you are not satisfied with the pile length and you would like to make it shorter, then you can take scissors and cut the uneven yarn. It requires precision and accuracy.
In order for a carpet or tapestry to serve for a long time, especially if this carpet is going to be in household use, it is better to fix it with glue or adhesive cloth from the underside. This will help to stiffen the carpet structure and secure each knot.
Carpets and tapestries created by using Latch hooking technique look great in almost any room, from the kitchen to the bedroom, bringing the color of the wall, or carpet, or sofa into textile art.