Originally this site began as a single page about my love of latch-hooking and the latch-hook rugs Iíve designed and made, as well as those Iíve re-worked, revived or customised. Like most of my projects, the site took on a life of its own as I scanned in my old rug pattern books, photographed those near-forgotten accessories that latch-hookers had (table clamps, wooden gauges and rotary cutters) and researched the history of latch-hooking suppliers that were once household names.

The Joy of Rugmaking, or How I Took Up Latch-hooking

HISTORY

A Little Latch-Hook History
A Social History of Latch Hook Rugmaking
History & Variations of the Latch-Hook

Airlyne Home Rugmaker
The Argyll Ali Rug Making Device
The Bantam Rug Making Device (leaflet)
The Blackham Speedeway
Candlewick Tufting & Victorian Tufting
Copydex Rugmaking Kits
Knitting a Pile Rug
The Readicut Rug Punch
Rugcraft/Rugtex Wonder Needle (1948)
Singercraft, Limit & Marvel Sewing Machine Accessories
Tapimatic Rug Machine
Tondilo Work
Touch Tapestry
Victor Rugmaking Tools and Needles

 

RUG-MAKING TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES

Yarns and Canvases
Yarn Sample Drawer
Tools and Accessories: Hooks & Clamps
Tools and Accessories: Cutting, Guides & Gauges
Tools and Accessories: Rotary Cutters
Tools and Accessories: The St George Wool Cutter (Guillotine)
Tools and Accessories: Yarn Holders, Organisers & Dispensers
Patterns and Charts
Second-hand Rug Kits
Second-hand Rugs - So-Called Scandinavian Rugs
    (but really Readicut from Yorkshire)

Fluff, Tuft and Pom-Pom Rugs
Tubituft (Readicut) and Tapitouf (DMC) Tuft Rugs

 

SUPPLIERS PAST AND PRESENT

Rug Wool Cutting and Binding Machines
Suppliers - Misc
Pattern Sharing (Jackson's and Stoddarts)
Miscellaneous Historical Yarns

Aspinall Bros / Panda (Huddersfield)
Bairnswear / Blue Fez
Baldwin & Walker (Ladyship)
Bernat
Coats (including Coats Anchor "Penelope")
Cronit (including Cronit Melrose)
Dollfus Mieg et Compagnie (DMC)
Dryad Handicrafts
Forsell
Grosvenor Handicrafts
Hammonds of Hull
Handymaid (Barkerend Mills)
Jacksons of Hebden Bridge
Jaeger
Jester
John Smith (Wools) Co. (Liverpool)
Lindhorst Edelfrau
Malina (USA)
Margot de Paris
Merryweave & Furni-Kit
Newcastle Wool Co
Patons & Baldwin (Patwin)
Readicut, General Information
Readicut Rug Outfits, Ready-Mades & Exacta-Graph
Readicut History and AGM Minutes (1950s)
RugPlan
Rug Crafters
Scotch Wool & Hosiery (Greenock)
Scotia Wool Co
Shillcraft (USA)
Sirdar
Stoddarts of Halifax
Weldon's Sixpenny Series
William Jones & Co (Bridgnorth) Ltd

 

INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS

Charts, Designs and Rug Paraphernalia
Hanging Rugs
Kits: Patons Stencilled Rug Kit (1960s)
Kits: Readicut Rug Kit (1969)
Kits: Readicut Instruction Leaflet
Reworking an Old or Worn-Out Rug
Sailmaker's Rug Method
Using up Leftover Yarn
Tips from Instruction Sheets
Tips & Tricks (adapting charts, mixing textures)

 

CUTTINGS AND OLD BOOK EXCERPTS

Bolton: Home Made Rugs for Pleasure & Profit (1957)
Brinley: Instructions from "Rugmaking" (1953)
Drage: Rugmaking (1946)
Hodkin: Rugmaking and Designing (1936)
How To Make Rugs (Excerpt) (1950)
Stitched Rugs (WI Home Skills) (1979)
Stradal - Teppiche Ė Knupfen, Sticken, Hakeln (c. 1967)
Thrifty Rug Making (1959)
Rug Making Chart from Newnes Home Mechanic
Rug Making Chart from Lady's Companion
Rug Making - The Practical Junior Teacher (1944)
Rug Making Cuttings - Craft Magazines
Rug Making Cuttings - Misc Magazines
Rug Making Cuttings - Needlework Illustrated No. 226
Rug Making Cuttings - Women's Magazines

 

HISTORICAL PATTERN BOOKS

Aspinall "Panda" No 7
Aspinall "Panda" No 8
Aspinall "Panda" No 9
Aspinall "Panda" No 11

Atlascraft Turkey Home Rugmaking

Beyer Smyrna- und Grobkreuzstich 2

Bairnswear "Blue Fez" Issue 4
Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1956
Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1959
Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1968
Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1960s-70s (several catalogues)

Bestway 54 - Rug Making (1930s)
Bestway 77 - Handmade Rugs (1930s)
Bestway 86 - Make a Rug (1930s)
Bestway 103 - Second Rug Book for Cable Wool (1930s)
Bestway 104 - Third Rug Book for Turkey Wool (1930s)
Bestway 332 - Rug Book 4 (1920s/30s)
Bestway 386 - Rug Book (1930s)
Bestway 484 - Rug Book (1930s)
Bestway 581 - More Beautiful Rugs(1930s)

Bon Pasteur (1920s/1930s)

Columbia Yarn Rugs (1931)

Coats Tuftrugs (1968)
Coats Tuftrugs (1970s)

CQ Book of Rugs (1956)

Cronit Homecraft Rug Charts (1940s)

Das Smyrna Hobby (1970s)

Forsell Rya Rug Catalogue (1960s)
Forsell Rya Rug Catalogue (1970s)

Furni-Kit Luxury Rugs (predecessor to Merryweave) (c. 1955)

Greenock Pattern Sheets (Scotch Wool & Hosiery)

Handymaid (Barkerend Mills) of Bradford (1951)
Handymaid (Barkerend Mills) of Bradford (1952)

Hammonds, With Instruction For Rug Making

Jacksons Rug Craft (undated 1)
Jacksons Rug Craft (undated 2)
Jacksons Making Rugs for Pleasure (undated)

Jaeger Hand Made Rugs (1920s)

Jester Rug Book (1950s)

Junghans Wolle (1978)

Leach's Rug Book (1920s)
Leach's Hand-Made Rugs (1930s)

L'Art du Tapis Chez Soi (circa 1920)

Merryweave (1957)

HISTORICAL PATTERN BOOKS (continued)

Newcastle Wool Company - New Season's Rug-Making Guide (1930s)
Newcastle Wool Company - Modern Rug Designs (mid 1930s)
Newcastle Wool Company - Modern Rug Styles (mid 1930s)
Newcastle Wool Company Colour Foldout Catalogue

Patons Trade Catalogue #506 (1940s/1950s)
Patons Pamphlet
Patons Rugcraft - The Art of Rugmaking
Patons Rugcraft (1920s) Issues 1 & 2
Patons Rugcraft (1920s) Issues 4 & 5
Patons Rugcraft (1930s-40s) Issues 6, 7 & 8
Patons Rugcraft (1940s) Issue 9
Patons "Gnome Book of Rugmaking & Embroidery" (1930s)
Patons Rugcraft, 1936 Supplement
Patons "Rugmaking" (1930s)
Patons "Rugcraft" SC13
Patons "Rugcraft" SC16
Patons "Rugcraft" SC17 (1960s)
Patons "Rugcraft" SC18
Patons Pattern Booklet - Classic Oriental Rugs
Patons "Rugs & Crafts to Make at Home" Catalogue (1976)
Patons "Rugcraft" SC32
Patons "Rugcraft" SC38
Patons "Rugcraft" SC45
Patons "Rugcraft" SC75
Patons "Junior Rugmaking" SC78 & Zoo Collection 3D
Patons "Rugmaking" SC87
Patons "Rugcraft" SC101
Patons Rug Charts in Patons Knitting Magazines (1950s - 1960s)
Patons "Rugs" Unnumbered Issue (1950s)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 3 (1950s)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 4 (1950s)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 6 (1958)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 7 (1959)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 8 (1960/63)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 9 (1961/62)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 10 (1962/63)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 11 (1963/64)
Patons "Rugs" Issue 12
Patons "Rugs" Issue 14
Patons Supplement October 1967
Patons "Rugs" Issue 20 (1970s)
Patons "Turkey Rugs" No. 18 (1970s)
Patons Easy Crafts C.34, C.35 & C.36 (1970s)
Patons "Rugmaking" No 13(1969/70s)
Patons "Rugmaking" 1453 (1970s)
Patons "Rugmaking" 1454 (1970s)
Patons Hauptkatalog No. 5 (Germany) (1970s)
Patons Hauptkatalog No. 8 (Germany) (1970s)
Patons "Stitched Rugs & Tapestries"
Patons "Blue Peter" (1960s/70s)
Patons "British Collection" (1982)

 

Penelope - Rug Making by Penelope

 

Readicut Simple Tapestries (1930s) Matching Rugs & Tapestries
Readicut Book of Rugs (1934)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1936)
Readicut Book of Rugs & Rugmaking (1937)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1938)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1939)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1940)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1948)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1940s?)
Readicut Nursery Land Rugs (1950s?)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1950)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1950s?) (Cover only)
Readicut Supplement (1950s)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1951)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1952-53)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1953 Vol 1)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1953 Vol 2)
Readicut Vol 24 (1954)
Readicut Book of Rugs (1954-5 season)
Readicut Vol 26 (1956)
Readicut Vol 27 (1957)
Readicut Vol 28 (1958)
Readicut Vol 29 (1959)
Readicut News (1959/60)
Readicut Vol 30 (1960)
Readicut Vol 31 (1961)
Readicut Vol 32 (1962)
Readicut Vol 33 (1963)
Readicut Vol 34 (1964)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 35 (1965)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 36 (1966)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 37 (1967)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 38 (1968)
Readicut Vol 39 (1969)
Readicut Vol 40 (1970)
Readicut Promotional Material (1970s)
Readicut Catalogue Leaflets (Early-Mid 1970s)
Readicut Catalogue Leaflet (Late 1970s/80s)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 41 (1971)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 42 (1972)
Readicut Vol 43 (1973)
Readicut Vol 44 (1974)
Readicut Vol 45 (1975)
Readicut Vol 46 (1976)
Readicut Vol 48 (1978)
Readicut Vol 49 (1979)
Readicut Golden Jubilee Catalogue Vol 50 (1980)
Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 51 (1981)
Readicut Vol 52 (1982)
Readicut Vol 53 (1983)
Readicut Vol 56 (1986)
Readicut Vol 57 (1987)
Readicut Vol 59 (1989)
Readicut Vol 60, 86 (front covers only)
1970s Readicut Supplement
1980s Readicut Supplement
Readicut 1990s/2000s
Readicut Instructions (2006 (before closure))
Readicut Adverts from Overseas

Rugplan (1970s)

Scheepjes Smyrna & Scheepjes Rya (1970s)

Scotia Wools Ltd (1930s)
Scotia Wools Ltd (1940s)
Scotia Wools Ltd (2 8-page catalogues)

Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 28 (1958)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 29 (1959)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 31 (1961)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 35 (1965)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 37 (1967)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 45 (1975)
Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 49 (1979 - cover only)
Shillcraft Vol 101 & 117

Sirdar Rugs and Mats (showing alternate hole method)
Hand Made Rugs by Sirdar
Sirdar "The Charm of Hand Made Rugs" (with 11 charts)
Sirdar Rug Book (with 6 charts)
Sirdar Rug Book #3
Sirdar "Making a Tufted Rug" & "Rug Designs" Catalogue

Smyrnalaine (Belgium)

Stoddarts (Halifax) (c. 1937/8)
Stoddarts (Halifax) (c. 1938)
Stoddarts (Halifax) (1940 - with wartime inserts)
Stoddarts (Halifax) (1950s)
Stoddarts (Halifax) (Series 2, No. 1)
Stoddarts (Halifax) (Series 2, No. 2)

Twilleys (Stamford) (1940s/50s)

Verlag fur die Frau - Teppich

Weldon's Sixpenny Series No. 22: Rug Making (1920s)
Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 77: New Rug Book (1920s)
Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 160: Rug Book no. 3 (1920s)
Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 189: Rugs and Rugmaking (1920s)
Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 253: Rugs and New Wool Craft (1920s)
Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 322: Rugs and Rugmaking (1920s)

 

William Jones & Co (Bridgnorth) Ltd (1927)

 


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