Locker Hooking

April 7, 2012 by
Filed under: Traditional Rugs 

A video for crafters who want a brief introduction to Locker Hooking


25 Comments on Locker Hooking

  1. babyvan99 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 8:59 pm

    Fun! Very unique!

  2. susanbyrne1 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 9:18 pm

    Hi where can i buy a locker hook, I live in Ireland

  3. mish314 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 9:45 pm

    No, it is not the same as latch hooking, even though it uses the same canvas. Latch hooking uses a tool with a very small hook and a ‘latch’ that keeps whatever you’ve hooked, usually 3-4 inch pieces of yarn, temporarily secured. Latch hooking makes a sort of coarse plush almost….both are great fun…

  4. Bethintx1 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 10:07 pm

    I have had a locker hook for years not knowing what it was for.  I found a knooking video for Leisure Arts and thought since the tool is basically the same that it was the same thing. I was wrong. knooking is knitting with a crochet hook and using cording to hold the stitches. Locker hooking clearly is not. Thanks for the video.

  5. brawyn777 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 10:13 pm

    is this the same as latch hooking?this looks easy to do

  6. Stampin494 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 11:06 pm

    I just discovered this craft. Thanks for making it seem so easy and fun!  Patty

  7. Knittin66 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 11:17 pm

    Glad to see something new,good job .THANKS

  8. kerryoh8 on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 11:52 pm

    This is terrific. Really appreciate the time
    taken to produce this demonstration/instruction on locker hooking.  Thank you.

  9. 5susie on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 12:09 am

    I’m happy if I’ve been able to help Tami it’s a brilliant craft and by the way you don’t have to work from side to side you can follow a shape and fill it in for example.
    If you can learn to use both hands whilst working from side to side though that also gives a different effect too.
    You don’t need to use canvas as a base to locker hook, you can locker hook into knitted items, linen, hessian, most fabrics that have holes in them. You can also “Locker Hook Weave” and make your own fabric!

  10. 5susie on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 12:24 am

    Yes, Tami, beads with large holes are needed but it’s your locker thread (string) that is the answer, you thread the bead or beads onto that and as long as the locker thread is strong enough the thickness doesn’t matter; bear in mind that the thickness of the locker thread changes the ‘look’ of the finished item.
    Your locker thread can be lace, ribbon, as well as yarn/wool and string and you can allow it to be seen. Try using a thin ribbon to make the loops and lace as the locker thread……

  11. CraftyTami on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 1:05 am

    Thanks again Susie!

    I can’t wait to try it with tee shirts 🙂

    The beads make for an interesting thought. I think I can figure out how I’d do it – but you must need beads with a very large hole – or a much skinnier hook.

    Very interesting!

  12. CraftyTami on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 1:28 am

    Thanks Susie!

    That extra info should get me heading in the right direction!

    I appreciate it.

  13. 5susie on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 2:08 am

    I hope you’ve enjoyed Locker Hooking and discovered what a wonderful and versatile craft this is. It is normal for the raw edges to show – it adds texture! 🙂 You can do it without edges and ends showing but it can be a bit of a faff. You can use other media such as wool, raw fleece, rovings, plastic bags etc., and then that problem doesn’t show itself as much.

  14. 5susie on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 2:30 am

    I attach the ‘string’ to the canvas with a knot and then when locker thread (string) comes to the end tie another piece onto the old one it gets lost in the loops. After you make your very first loop with the fabric, hold the end, minimum of 2″ in length, with the rest of the fabric you are pulling through i.e., the fabric is doubled for 4+ loops. Or after completing several loops bring ends up to right side of work through hole next to first and pull end through several loops to hide it.

  15. 5susie on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 2:42 am

    Yes, it is good with tee shirts. You can use all sorts of materials to Locker Hook with from raw fleece into hessian sacks, how it started I believe, cut up woollen jumpers, plastic bags in fact anything you can make a decent length of. You can also use beads too.
    The smaller locker hook opens up another world of creativity! I have found this craft to be one of the most versatile cost effective environmentally friendly and enjoyable of all.

  16. CraftyTami on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 3:22 am

    I wonder how this would work with other fabrics. Specifically – tee shirts that have been cut into strips. I think this would make a great, soft, absorbent bath mat.

    I’ve been collecting tees to cut into strips and make into crocheted tote bags or braided bath mats, but I bet they’d be good for this too.

  17. CraftyTami on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 3:38 am

    Great video!

    I’ve never heard of locker hooking until I ran across a kit from an eBay seller.

    It looks really easy and fun.

    Now I have to research how to start a project (where the string gets attached, etc.).

    Thanks so much for posting this!

  18. WooHooCrossStitch on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 4:06 am

    WOW!! I saw this method mentioned on Craftster so I had to come and check it out!! Thanks for such a great tute! *waves to another brit*

  19. bozomahoney on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 4:57 am

    I agree with Spenderellaa….these instructions don’t help me if I don’t know what to do at the beginning…

  20. Spenderellaa on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 5:52 am

    you should perhaps backup and start from the begininning. where does the string come in?

  21. downtowncowtown on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 6:44 am

    i LOVE that way to connect the 2 ends of cloth! no knots ! THANKS !

  22. wondrous2 on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 7:19 am

    Hi! Thanks for the lovely tutorial! Now I know I want to try locker hooking!

  23. SandieN235 on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 8:08 am

    HI thank-you for the excellent tutorial. This looks so fun and you did a great job informing us how to do this, TY TY

  24. Denise46000 on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 8:24 am

    This looks like lot fun, Thanks

  25. Travieso78702 on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 8:42 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have been doing latch hook for sometime and love it, but I really want to branch out. This is appreciated.

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