Prodded Rugs

Prodded (Proddy, proggy) rugs use a technique different from hooked rugs in that they are worked from the “wrong” side or the back. Since the tools, frames and techniques are different, the drop-down menu offers a range of information about how to go about working “from the other side”.


2 thoughts on “Prodded Rugs”

    1. Hi Elizabeth I’m not sure what kind of rug making you’re doing or what specific backing you want to use – it’s different depending on your technique. If are hooking then you can buy hessian from someplace like Spotlight or other fabric/craft shops – I’ve even used burlap from Bunnings for a floor rug. These materials are hard on your hands and smelly (DON”T wash either of them before you use however!) but are a perfectly good backing for a floor piece. Just keep in mind that you can’t draw precise designs on this coarse fabric.

      You can use hessian for proddy rugs as well it is easier to push the wide strips through this material although you have to be careful because some of the fibres can break because of the way it is woven. This is avoided by ensuring your hole is large enough for the fabric and that you don’t “pack” the fibres.

      If you want a more refined fabric for hooking you may be able to find some linen at Spotlight in their upholstery section otherwise the “off the shelf” option is limited for us here in OZ. You’ll find some Aussie suppliers listed on this site…Bec Andersen sells a linen that she uses in her rugmaking (tufting) work that is good.

      In general, people in OZ do 1 of 2 things: We order backing fabric online from suppliers in the US or Canada. I tend to buy from a few shops on the west coast of the US (to keep shipping costs down) – like “I love rughooking”. Again, you will find some of the suppliers listed on this site. I like using Monks Cloth, rug warp and linen but it depends on what I’m making.

      The other option is to head to your op-shop and look a recycled fabrics available there…particularly the curtains. Many of the open weave or loose weave curtains are perfectly good as backing fabric…again it depends on your technique, whether it will go on the wall or floor or be a 3-D piece. Sometimes its just to experiment…I often carry my hook with me and test (on the edge of the fabric) to see how easily my hook can go through.

      If you are doing locker hooking I gave information on a previous comment here…OZ Stitch (in QLD) carries that backing material.

      Not sure if that’s what you were looking for Elizabeth….we are at a disadvantage here in terms of having sources for new backing fabrics but then this is a craft of ingenuity – my granny (in the US) recycled other fabrics as well as potato sacks and sugar bags to make her rugs.

      Let me know if you still have questions.

      Happy Hooking….Judi

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