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If you follow along on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll have noticed my recent obsession with a yarn craft of a totally different stripe than knit or crochet. My name is Heidi, and I’m obsessed with latch hooking. You heard me! Latch hook, as in those little charted rug/pillow kits every kid was making in the ’70s and ’80s when homecrafting was a bit more… shaggy than has been seen in recent years. However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: latch hooking, really rug making in general, is back!
Personally, I think it’s born from an extension of the current popularity of pom poms, tassels and macrame in crafting and home decor. In a couple weeks, I’ll do a blog post-based deep dive into latch hooking history and also share a tutorial with you on how to tackle this fun and simple craft from a more contemporary perspective. For today, I just want to share 9 things to latch hook to inspire you to consider trying this would-be throwback of a craft. :)
First, let’s contextualize this post with a look at what you’re probably thinking of when you envision a latch hook project:
vintage clown latch hook kit found on eBay
Now, check out what some amazing artists are doing with latch hook.
Yeah Wall Rug by Mae Engeleer
gorgeous wall hangings by Etsy seller Jujujust (Also check out her incredible Instagram.)
Latch Hook Wall Mask by Alise Anderson (full pattern available in KOEL magazine issue 3)
Latch Hook Wall Hanging by Ouchflower / Philippa Taylor
An incredible latch hook WIP by Beci Orpin (Learn more about this piece at Yen Mag.)
DIY Latch Hook Wall Hanging via Honestly WTF
DIY Latch Hook Rug via A Beautiful Mess
DIY Wall Hanging & Tutorial by The Gathered Home
Hoop Wall Weaving by The House that Lars Built
Want to try latch hook for yourself? Here are some great posts for beginners:
- Latch Hook Basics Tutorial
- Basic Latch Hook Finishing Tutorial
- Tiered Colorblock Wall Hanging – free latch hook pattern
PS: If you’re an artist featured, do let me know if I’ve mis-credited anything or linked to the wrong place!
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That clown latch hook is too funny! I know exactly what you mean when envisaging “traditional”? latch hook. Have just purchased my first blank rug canvas and will have a go when I get time, inspired by these much prettier :) pieces. Thank You!
You’re so welcome! It’s really fun (not to mention easy) to get creative with latch hook, I love it. :)