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RHM March/April/May 2016

Can't get enough Van Gogh? This amazing artist continues to inspire and challenge rug hookers. See results that will send you back to your color theory books in our March/April/May issue! Meanwhile, here in the present ... Cynthia Norwood talks about paisley, Cheryl Orcutt takes on a massive McGown pattern, Leanne Sitler goes for the silk and velvet, and Marion Sachs and Karen Miller break out! The issue includes terrific floor mats for kids, and rich, plush widecuts that will make you want to put down the scissors and start tearing! Take a peek inside just a few of these stories by scrolling down to Current Issue on the left. To see them all, buy the March/April/May issue HERE now!


Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers

Donna Hrkman's distinctive style has attracted admirers wherever her work is known and exhibited. But Donna wants to to share insights that help you refine your own distinctive style! And that's exactly what she does in her terrific new book. It is literally a page-turner! Once you start reading, you'll be hooked (sorry, but that's the word!) on this readable, conversational, and generous book! Buy it HERE now!

Maryanne Lincoln's Comprehensive Dyeing GuideBACK IN A LIMITED-EDITION REPRINT

If you're fascinated by color and the nuances it can bring to your hooked rugs or other fiber crafts, join Maryanne on a journey through the color wheel. From the basics through advanced dyeing techniques, you will learn from one of the best. Buy it HERE.

  • Dye equipment and safety
  • How to dye the basic colors and their complements
  • Jar dyeing, scrunch dyeing, gradation dyeing, and more
  • Dyeing for backgrounds
  • Adjusting formulas to match colors


Celebration XXV

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The 25th anniversary edition of Rug Hooking magazine's annual juried competition, showcasing the best of the best. Each winning rug is presented as a two-page spread that includes a photo of the entire rug, a close-up of compelling details, and illuminating insights from the artist and the judges. An important showcase for rug hooking artists themselves and, increasingly, a rich source of inspiration for all who are interested in fiber arts.

Primitive Hooked Rugs for the 21st Century, by


One of the great voices in primitive rug hooking, Cynthia Norwood shares her knowledge based on 35 years of experience, study, and design success, and makes primitive rugs accessible for the 21st century hooker:

  • What makes a good primitive rug--basic techniques, patterns, colors, and designs
  • Fabric choices and color planning
  • Backgrounds and borders
  • Special primitive rugs for weddings, births, and other occasions
  • 7 patterns!

Buy it now HERE!

Introduction to Rug Hooking, by Kris MillerIntroduction to Rug Hooking, by Kris Miller! Our new book for beginning rug hookers has eight appealing step-by-step projects. (Even experienced hookers will love the patterns!) Here you will find a friendly approach, clear instructions, and lots of detailed photos to guide you through the basic techniques that every rug hooker needs to know. By the time you've finished this book, you'll be well equipped for your own unique rug hooking adventure. (It's also a great reference book and a terrific gift!) Order your copy today.


Hooking Animals, by Judy Carter Hooking Animals, by Judy Carter, is a popular Book Club offering, and you will be amazed at the realistic images you find in this photo-rich reference and resource! Follow Judy's clear and detailed instructions for hooking features, textures, and expressions of wild and domestic creatures, and you may amaze yourself at what you are able to accomplish! A great read and invaluable reference. Order your copy today.



Wide Cut Primitive Rug Hooking is a recent Book Club offering—a terrific introduction to these simply designed and popular rugs. Author Wendy Miller writes, "The common bond I feel with the country women of our past is what first attracted me to wide cut, primitive rug hooking." Here you'll find detailed instructions, charming patterns with folk art images, plus tips on using buttons, creating interesting borders, and finishing your rug in a manner that does justice to all of your hard work. Order your copy today!



Scrappy Hooked Rugs, a recent Book Club offering, is selling like hotcakes and already in reprint! Maybe it is because we all have scraps to use up, or maybe it is because this book is a visual masterpiece of gorgeous rugs, or maybe because Bea Brock is an outstanding instructor and she doesn’t hold back anything in teaching her techniques in this book. Whatever the reason, this book is a new top seller and one that every hooker will find useful in so many ways! Order your copy today and find out what all the fuss is about!

Know the Scoop!

Get all the latest Rug Hooking News by checking in with our Hooked In blog regularly. This is where we share news from across the country and what’s new at RHM, and some of our staff’s own rug hooking adventures. We also feature giveaways, guest bloggers, and more!

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        —Debra Smith

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