Tools & Equipment

Hooking tools clockwise from 12 o'clock: 5mm straight brass hook; 3mm short hook; 5mm bent ergonomic hook; 5mm short hook with turned handle; 5mm brass ergonomic hook with ball handle; 5mm brass ergonomic hook with pear-shaped handle; 8mm straight brass hook; 5mm straight hook with soapstone handle; 5mm straight brass hook with pear-shaped handle; 2 brass punch needles; 2 wood handled punch needles;Shuttle tufting tool.
Hooking tools clockwise from 12 o’clock: 5mm straight brass hook; 3mm short hook; 5mm bent ergonomic hook; 5mm short hook with turned handle; 5mm brass ergonomic hook with ball handle; 5mm brass ergonomic hook with pear-shaped handle; 8mm straight brass hook; 5mm straight hook with soapstone handle; 5mm straight brass hook with pear-shaped handle; 2 brass punch needles; 2 wood handled punch needles;Shuttle tufting tool.
Sample Prodding Tools moving clockwise from 12 o'clock:  Bodger; Dolly Peg (one leg removed and the other sharpened slightly); turned timber; sharpened cow's horn with deerhide handle; turned timber with finger grip; Brass prodder.
Sample Prodding Tools moving clockwise from 12 o’clock: Bodger; Dolly Peg (one leg removed and the other sharpened slightly); turned timber; sharpened cow’s horn with deerhide handle; turned timber with finger grip; Brass prodder.

18 thoughts on “Tools & Equipment”

  1. I live in perth wa and would like to purchase a wooden rag rug making tool called shuttle hook punch needle with two handed speed shuttle if you could help please.
    Also are there any clubs in perth….thankyou sheryl

    1. G’day Sheryl,
      I recently wrote a post about the Tru-Gyde speed needle which may be what you call a “shuttle hook punch needle”? You can easily purchase these off the Internet bby simply searching on the terms in Google, or you can look on eBay (I think that is where I bought one of mine). They aren’t very expensive but you do need to have a specific type of fraame (like used for punchneedle or tufting) that holds the backing fabric “drum tight”. If you like punchneedle and want an easier and more modern version of this technique you might check out “Amy Oxford Punchneedle” on the Net. She is in the US but makes an easy to use punchneedle system.

      If you’re open to the traditional craft of rug hooking or prodding you will find more information about this on my website or simply search on the terms “rag rugs” or “rug hooking”. Just note that traditional rug crafting (hooking and prodding) techniques are NOT latch hooking!

      With regard to a “club”….I don’t know of any groups that meet specific to punch needle and again if you look on my website you will find listings for some of the rug crafting groups around the country and a couple meet in WA…the Donnybrook Hookers (contact: Robin Inkpen at: robin.inkpen22@gmail.com ) and in Perth contact Jo Franco at: rugcraftersaustralia@yahoo.com.au )….either of these people should be able to identify others in WA.

      Hope that helps.

      Judi

  2. thanks Judi very helpful information on your website..I just need to find a chelsea hooked-rug knitter in australia would be good but maybe like looking for a needle in a haystack. I will make contact with Jo Franco in Perth thanks for that contact. cheers sheryl

    1. You might try eBay or see if one of the OZ trading sites has one….I know there are a number of them available online and they aren’t very expensive!
      Good Luck! Judi

  3. Not a problem Sheryl,
    I think etsy is a bit like Gumtree but maybe has more focus on arts and crafts? http://www.etsy.com/au/

    There is an eBay Australia: http://www.ebay.com.au/

    On Ebay (the general site) I found a Chelsea Rug Hooking Knitter for about $9 out of the US (see: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-CHELSEA-WOODEN-HOOKED-RUG-KNITTER-EASY-SCREEN-PATCH-/370769943256?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56539c5ad8&ssPageName=RSS:B:STORE:US:101) not a bad price and service is generally pretty good from these sales. Or you can just search on “Chelsea hooked rug knitter”.
    I think you may have to go O/S to find what you want because Australia never produced these items so the US or UK is the “source”. I have seen some of these rug knitters at various OpShops and antique shops here in Australia….people don’t know what they are so they get rid of them.
    Hope you find what you want!

    Judi

  4. Hi,
    I am very interested in trying rug hooking after doing a lot of research on the internet. I am wondering if there is anywhere in Australia where I can purchase a basic/beginners rug hooking tool? All the ones I’ve seen are overseas or locker hooking tools. Otherwise, is there something else I can substitute or make so I can get started asap?
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

    1. G’day Eliazbeth!
      As you have already found out, the access to hooks and frames are difficult to find in Australia. Those of us who are involved as individual hookers and through the Australian Rughooking Guild have been working very hard behind the scenes to try and reclaim this lost traditional craft here…so….what to do?
      Where are you located? There are rug hooking groups and teachers scattered around Australia and they would be a good place to start…a few of them (I think Jo Franco in WA and Judith Stephens in SA may sell “kits” including hooks).
      For most of us we do have to order hooks from O/S there is no one in OZ who produces the hooks (particularly the bent hook which is ergonomic) because you need blacksmithing skills to make them. And before you ask….no…a crochet hook won’t work!
      You can make your own prodder (particularly if you know someone who can turn wood)…that would work for the prodding technique (but not for hooking)
      If you look on this website under “Suppliers – Australia” you will find a few folks who can help you out with hooks and backing fabric.
      Not sure if that is enough info….do let me know if you need more info…I live in QLD (Sunshine Coast) and could help perhaps.
      I also wrote a post just before xmas on my site that gives you an idea on how you can use some of the currently available frames/hoops to “get started” in this craft. Have a look at that and see how the members of my rug groups are using these for small projects only.
      If you Skype it would be easier to talk and show things….
      my Skype name is: juditompkins

      Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Judi

  5. Thanks Judi, I live in Brisbane and I have found some hooks for sale on a couple of Australian websites. Any suggestions on a size or type suitable for a beginner?
    Also, backing material is hard to find. Is Aida cloth ok? The only other thing I can find is hessian at Bunnings.
    Thanks,

  6. G’day Elizabeth!
    If you are ever on the Sunshine Coast you would be welcome to visit me at home (I’m in Landsborough – just off the Steve Irwin Way) or you’d be welcome to come to one of our group meetings. We meet the 2nd Monday and 3rd Tues of each month at the Beerwah Library (2.30-5.30pm).
    W/R/T hooks….it depends on what site you have found to purchase hooks….I always suggest the 5mm bent hook because it is ergonomic, but I started out on a straight hook and still use it. It will also depend on what kind of fabric you are using to hook with and what backing fabric you settle on that can influence your hook choice. Very wide cuts of fabric or those that are heavy or “stiff” can call for an 8mm hook. Getting the right hook is important because you can cause yourself some RSI pain in your shoulder or wrist if you use a “substitute” (like a crochet hook or a modified latch hook).
    W/R/T the foundation or backing fabric….we usually suggest that you go to Spotlight and simply buy some of their hessian….it’s still a bit “rough” and slubby (lumpy) but is is a good, inexpensive material to use for your practice pieces. Just be aware that because hessian is not evenly woven it will be difficult to follow dead straight line (which is what you’ll hear about if you watch any of the YouTube or other videos on rug hooking).
    I believe that Aida cloth is used in tapestry? I think it is too “refined” and tightly woven for this craft….so far (and you’ll find the info on my website either under the Australian Suppliers or in a post I wrote about the Synthetic linen that Spotlight sells) we have two places we can buy a slightly looser woven linen that will work for hooking with knitting yarns and narrow cuts of fabric. If you need something more substantial than you will find under “suppliers” on my site the ones that I use and order from in the US (and No…they don’t pay me to list ’em!) I only list suppliers I have used, who provide good service and quality materials, and they have secure site for orders.
    I don’t know what the quality of hessian is from Bunnings.
    What have you decided to use as a frame? Emboridery hoop?
    At any rate, hope that helps….but if you can see if you can make it to one of our group sessions up here (even once) it will give you exposure to the full range of this craft.
    It’s hard to do all this on your own (I did…and still had a hard time even though I grew up in the US and saw my grandmother do this craft….without the right tools and a bit of help it just takes longer to come to grips with!)
    Good luck.
    Regards,
    Judi

      1. Yup…from now on….Second Monday of the month (1st meeting is next Monday 13th; and third Tuesay (21 Jan) of each month….2.30-5.30 at the Beerwah library.
        J

  7. Hi Judi….Good info..wish we had a meeting place in Perth-have emailed Jo about this but had no reply….Sheryl ( I’m making my masterpiece-Hession from Spotlight and making my own frame..I previously used dog bags from Farmer Jacks and picture frames-so I’m progressing at my own pace)

    1. I think Jo has been gone for part of the holiday but I think she’s back next week…she’ll reply…be patient!
      I think your hessian plan is better than dog bags…I think they will be harder to work and will jprobably dry out quicker (that’s one of the big drawbacks of hessian…it doesn’t survive very long before it becomes brittle and breaks; often people are allergic to the hairy surface; and the smell is often a turn off as well)…Do send some photos of your “DIY” frame and your finished project! Would like to see! Regards….J

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