Finishing Mug Rugs & Table Mats

A couple of weeks ago two different people came up to me to say thank you for a tip on finishing small potholders etc. They had both had difficulty gluing down a finished back without bumps and globs showing through. Since I was just finishing up some mug rugs, I thought there might be others who would appreciate seeing how I do it.

I love hunting for mugs which have a “hookable” picture on them, since they are fun to hook, and  my family really seems to appreciate them.

DSCN0211This one was an obvious choice as being easy to hook.

DSCN0243Both one son and his wife have names starting with “S”  so this was really appropriate.

DSCN0237I thought this was really pretty as well. I chose to hook just the one flower on the bottom.

I enjoy rummaging through my bits and pieces to come up with appropriate colours. DSCN0210.jpgThis one was a great exercise in hooking diagonally.

When the hooking is completed, I secure the edge by putting tacky glue right around the edge, and smoothing it out away from the hooking with a ruler.DSCN0220DSCN0221This secures the hooking for when the backing is cut away.

I use a fairly heavy black felt for the back, and cut a piece that is slightly too big.DSCN0224.jpg

Oops….I grabbed very dull scissors to cut this piece.

Apply tacky glue to the back of the hooking…..DSCN0225Then…(and this is the part I didn’t do at first, and ended up with a lumpy backing)….use a ruler or flat edge to smooth the glue into the hooking…DSCN0226I make sure the wool is covered and as well as a bit of the backing on the edges…DSCN0228 (1)….then gently press the felt down all over and let it dry.DSCN0230 (1)Then cut away the backing and excess felt from the top side making a smooth edge right next to the hooking. (good sharp scissors needed )DSCN0234 (1)The layers on the edge are even and ready to be covered.

I cut strips that are a few sizes bigger than the hooking (in this case the hooking is a #4 and the edging is a #6).

The final step is my least favourite, and I’m still trying to think of a way to make it less messy…..

I put a bead of glue along the strip and then drag the ruler along it to spread the glue (I did it on a plastic bag to save my desk from being covered in glue)DSCN0235This piece is smoothed along the edges for the final finishing touch. Finally, by pinching and shaping the corners while the glue is still wet, you can get a nice square turn.DSCN0236…….and here are the finished little mug rugs…..

DSCN0249DSCN0248DSCN0250DSCN0251I know that none of this is new to most hookers, but for those of you who are newbies, or have never tried this method, perhaps it will be helpful.

So from my house to yours…..DSCN0252…..I wish you the happiest of holidays and the making of wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Thanks for stopping by.


Hooking Mug Rugs

I remember seeing and loving some mugs with matching mug rugs hooked by various members of a group, and displayed one year at the annual. I’ve searched through all my photos, and I either didn’t take pictures of them, or they didn’t turn out.

That’s a long winded way to introduce my next little project…..making mug rugs for three relatives whose combined birthdays I’ll be attending at the end of the month.

My first chore was to find suitable mugs with decorations that I could use as the basis of the hooking. Two are men, so that cut out all the flowery feminine mugs . I spent a long time browsing in our local Hallmark Store and came up with these three. DSCF7776

They’re so nicely packed, I’ve just shown the boxes…which show what is on each mug.

I started with the easiest one…..(not pressed yet so it’s still a bit wonky)


I made  a failed attempt at hooking the plaid for the moose mug. I took it out and thanks to a photo I found of hooking a plaid, I’m ready to try again. DSCF7781

I know Luise Bishop has taught how to hook a plaid, and when I get it down, I’ll share it here. (I think it involves graph paper, and hooking both horizontally and vertically)

I haven’t started the third one yet.

DSCF7780Although it will need a teeny tiny cut, I don’t anticipate a problem. I think I’ll try doing the berries with a knot (a la proddy flowers).

I’ve been remiss in posting lately. I didn’t forget my camera at R.U.G…. I FORGOT TO GO!

Actually I’ve been enjoying a visit from my son and his girlfriend from Calgary, a lovely family Thanksgiving, and  spectacular fall weather.DSCF7736My son’s girlfriend is a glass artist, and gave me these six wonderful hand blown tumblers.DSCF7740

Each is unique and I treasure them all.

Well I also have to admit that another distraction has been a lot of nail biting and cheering while watching the Blue Jays!

….and with views like this at the end of the street, it’s hard to concentrate on hooking.

DSCF7765DSCF7764Those trees will soon be bare, and then I’ll  snuggle down with my hooking frame in earnest to enjoy snow flakes and winter.

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