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


1. A Little Latch-Hook History

1a. A Social History of Latch Hook Rugmaking

1b. History & Variations of the Latch-Hook

1c. Airlyne Home Rugmaker

1d The Argyll Ali Rug Making Device

1e. The Blackham Speedeway

1f. The Readicut Rug Punch

1g. Singercraft, Limit & Marvel Sewing Machine Accessories

1h. Tondilo Work

1i. Touch Tapestry

1j. Victor Rugmaking Tools and Needles



2. Yarns and Canvases

3a. Tools and Accessories: Hooks & Clamps

3b. Tools and Accessories: Cutting, Guides & Gauges

3c. Tools and Accessories: Rotary Cutters

3d. Tools and Accessories: The St George Wool Cutter (Guillotine)

3e. Tools and Accessories: Yarn Holders, Organisers & Dispensers

4a. Patterns and Charts

4b. Second-hand Rug Kits

4c. Second-hand Rugs - So-Called Scandinavian Rugs
    (but really Readicut from Yorkshire)

4d. Fluff, Tuft and Pom-Pom Rugs

4e. Tubituft (Readicut) and Tapitouf (DMC) Tuft Rugs



5 (Part 1). Rug Wool Cutting and Binding Machines

5 (Part 2). Suppliers - Misc

5a. Miscellaneous Historical Yarns

5b. Aspinall Bros / Panda (Huddersfield)

5c. Bairnswear / Blue Fez

5d. Baldwin & Walker (Ladyship)

5e. Bernat

5f. Coats (including Coats Anchor "Penelope")

5g. Cronit (including Cronit Melrose)

5h. Dollfus Mieg et Compagnie (DMC)

5i. Dryad Handicrafts

5j. Forsell

5k. Handymaid (Barkerend Mills)

5l. Jaeger

5m. Jester

5n. Lindhorst Edelfrau

5o. Margot de Paris

5p. Merryweave & Furni-Kit

5q. Newcastle Wool Co

5r. Patons & Baldwin (Patwin)

5s. (Part 1). Readicut

5s. (Part 2). Readicut Rug Outfits, Ready-Mades & Exacta-Graph

5s. (Part 3). Readicut History and AGM Minutes (1950s)

5t. RugPlan

5u. Rug Crafters

5v. Scotch Wool & Hosiery (Greenock)

5w. Scotia Wool Co

5x. Shillcraft

5y. Sirdar

5z. Stoddarts of Halifax

5aa. Weldon's Sixpenny Series



6. Tips from Instruction Sheets

6a. Tips & Tricks (adapting charts, mixing textures)

6b. Using up Leftover Yarn

6c. Hanging Rugs

6d. Home Made Rugs for Pleasure & Profit (1957)

6e. Instructions from "Rugmaking" (1953)

6f. Rugmaking and Designing (1936)

6g. How To Make Rugs (Excerpt) (1950)

6h. Stitched Rugs (WI Home Skills) (1979)

6i. Thrifty Rug Making (1959)

6k. Rug making Chart from Newnes Home Mechanic

6j. Rug making Chart from Lady's Companion

7. Readicut Instruction Leaflet

11. Reworking an Old or Worn-Out Rug

12a. 1969 Classic Readicut Rug Kit

12b. 1960s Patons Stencilled Rug Kit

13. Charts, Designs and Rug Paraphernalia



Aspinall "Panda" No 8

Aspinall "Panda" No 9

Aspinall "Panda" No 11

Atlascraft Turkey Home Rugmaking

Bairnswear "Blue Fez" Issue 4

Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1956

Bairnswear "Blue Fez" 1959

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)

Coats Tuftrugs (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

Jaeger hand Made Rugs (1920s)

Jester Rug Book (1950s)

Junghans Wolle (1978)

Leach's Hand-Made Rugs (1930s)

L'Art du Tapis Chez Soi (circa 1920)

Merryweave (1957)

Needlework Illustrated No. 226

Newcastle Wool Company (mid 1930s)


Patons Trade Catalogue #506 (1940s/1950s

Patons Rugcraft - The Art of Rugmaking

Patons Rugcraft (1920s) Issues 1, 2, 4 & 5

Patons Rugcraft (1930s-40s) Issues 6, 8 & 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 "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 (1960/61)

Patons "Rugs" Issue 12

Patons "Rugs" Issue 14

Patons "Rugs" Issue 20 (1970s)

Patons "Turkey Rugs" No. 18 (1970s)

Patons Easy Crafts C.34 & C.36 (1970s)

Patons Easy Crafts C.35(1970s)

Patons "Rugmaking" (1970s)

Patons "Stitched Rugs & Tapestries"

Patons "Blue Peter" (1960s/70s)

Patons "British Collection" (1982)


Penelope - Rug Making by Penelope


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 (1951)

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 News (1959/60)

Readicut Vol 30 (1960)

Readicut Book of Rugs (1960s)

Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 35 (1965)

Readicut Promotional Material (1970s)

Readicut Catalogue Leaflet (1970s)

Readicut Catalogue Leaflet (1970s/80s)

Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 42 (1972)

Readicut Vol 43 (1973)

Readicut Vol 44 (1974)

Readicut Vol 45 (1975)

Readicut Vol 48 (1978)

Readicut Vol 49 (1979)

Readicut Golden Jubilee Catalogue (Vol 50)

Readicut Book of Rugs Vol 51 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 52 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 53 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 55 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 56 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 57 (1970s)

Readicut Vol 59, 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)


Shillcraft Book of Readicut Rugs Vol 28 (1958)

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 Vol 101 & 117


Sirdar Rug Book (with 6 charts)

Sirdar Rug Book #3

Sirdar "Making a Tufted Rug" & "Rug Designs" Catalogue


Stoddarts (Halifax) (1950s)


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 253: Rugs and New Wool Craft (1920s)

Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 189: Rugs and Rugmaking (1920s)

Weldon's Sixpenny Series No 160: Rug Book no. 3 (1920s)


William Jones & Co (Bridgnorth) Ltd (1940s?)




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