Australian Locker Hooking: A Down Home Craft From Down Under

The original version of locker hooking invented in the UK required an expensive type of wool. The Australians found a more affordable way.



australian locker hooking - pillow
Australian locker hooking lends itself to some handsome designs. Here's a pillow.
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(Fig. 1) The locker hook resembles a rug hook or heavy crochet hook with a large eye opposite the hook end. (Fig. 2) Hand cards are useful to straighten wool fibers, but they can be quite difficult for a novice to use.
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(Fig. 3) For rugs or wall hangings that require finished borders, fold back two or three rows on the edge to make a selvage. You can clip out the corners with scissors rather than try to hook through four thicknesses of canvas. (Fig. 4) It's easiest to begin hooking in the third row from the edge.
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Hold the canvas in front of you, with the hem on the underside, and draw your hook from the bottom to the top through the second hole, leaving several inches of locker yarn hanging loose on top.
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Now, holding the lock of wool in your left hand underneath the canvas, run your hook down through the next hole. Lay the strand of wool over the hook, at a point about one inch from the tapered end. Fold that short end under the hook and back into the main strand of wool, making a loop on the hook.
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Continue until you have three or four loops — or however many you feel comfortable with — on the hook. Then draw the hook and the locker yarn through all the loops, locking them in place on top of the canvas. When you run out of wool, simply elongate another piece, tapering the ends as before, and overlap the ends of the old and new pieces so that the overlap is no thicker than the rest of the strand.
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australian locker hooking - fig 7
Draw this loop up through the hole and leave it in place on the hook shaft while you pass the hook down through the next hole, catch another loop of wool, and draw it up through the hole.
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Rethread the hook and begin hooking in the next hole as if you'd never run out of yarn; but when you pull the new locker yarn through the hoops, leave a six-inch tail hanging on top of the canvas. This end, like the end of the old yarn, will be woven in later with the yarn needle.
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If you want to go at a right angle to your first row, move back one hole — to the one in which you last hooked — and bring the hook all the way up through that hole right next to the loop it already contains. Then begin hooking to the left.
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australian locker hooking - wall hanging
Wall hanging with flowers design.
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When finishing an edge, an attractive alternative is to hook a fringe using a lark's head knot.
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australian locker hooking - rug with hourglass design
A rug with an hourglass design.
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australian locker hooking - teapot design
A simple teapot design and border.
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