hand tufted contemporary rugs
Although my work is based on traditional rug hooking techniques, I use a process called tufting. I begin the project by creating a design on paper. Next, I choose the specific colors and types of yarns. Finally cotton monk's cloth (the backing material) is stretched over a wooden frame and the design is drawn on the back side of the cloth. An electric needle, resembling a hand drill, forces the loops of yarn through the backing to the front of the piece. The length of the loops is adjustable. When completed, latex is applied to the back of the rug to secure the yarn.