Way back in the 1970s the world became enthralled with the plush delights of shag carpet. Deep pile, luxurious, fiber-y goodness into which one might sink their toe socks found its way to floors across the globe. (You may recall we recently discussed the delights of the Pet Rock from this same era.) Every groovy gal and guy who crafted their way through this decadent decade recalls the phenomenon of the Hook or Latch Rug Kit. I had a Ziggy hook rug kit and I believe I finished it but I can’t be sure. It’s hard to recall, what with it being way, way back when. The hook rug was not a new craft even in the 1970s, but it was re-tooled to capture the excitement of the shag rug enthusiast. Individual equal lengths of yarn sold in small bundles were threaded through a mesh canvas with a metal tool to create a pattern or picture. It took time, dexterity, and patience, but if you persevered you ended up with a potential pillow or small rug or a decorative doo-dad you might opt to hang on your walls. You can still find Latch Rug supplies, if you are interested in perusing this craft.
However, if you’re an impatient crafter like me, the fine folks from Plaid Crafts have made it fast and easy to make fiber-licious yarn art of their own, without the need for a pesky hook! They sent us the RyaTie kit from Bucilla that features a wooden loom you use to create tiny yarn bundles that live somewhere between a pompom and a tassle. These bundles are hand tied to a mesh canvas to create a dimensional work of art with a retrofabulous appeal. I was sent the Starter Kit, but I decided to add some thicker yarn to the mix to make an even more luxurious work of art. The tool will last forever, you’ll just need new mesh and fiber if you want to make even more fiber fun!
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Bucilla Rya-Tie Starter Kit
Orange, Black, and Cream Thick Acrylic Yarn
Fabric Adhesive cut to fit back of yarn art
Plan your design, the bundles are tied on every three spaces, mark placement using a permanent marker on the canvas. My design evolved as I progressed.
Cut four 4″ yarn segments.
Place small yarn segments on top and bottom of one segment of loom. Wrap yarn around the loom as shown. I wrapped 11 times for the thick yarn, and 18 times for the thinner yarn. Repeat this for the other side.
Secure yarn with the provided rubber bands. Tie top and bottom of each yarn bundle with your two shorter yarn segments, pull these as tight as possible and tie into a knot.
Cut center front and back of bundles following the cut lines on the loom.
Tie bundles on mesh starting in center and working out.
I worked in color segments, starting with cream. Then I did two rows of orange, two rows of blue, one row of cream, and one row of black.
You can turn your finished yarn art into a pillow or if you prefer, apply fabric adhesive sheets to the back and attach it to a canvas.
Don’t forget to sign your retrofabulous fiber creation!
They say if you’ve worn something the first time around, you should refrain if it comes back into style. Is this same principle applicable to crafts? One hopes not, because I’m definitely digging this far out creation.
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