The #1 priority is to find or make a pattern
that you'll enjoy hooking. Start with something
easy and work into the harder, more detailed
patterns. If you start with a complicated
pattern, you'll get discouraged and probably
won't finish it.
I recommend starting with a primitive design...
they're very simple, have no shading, and
you don't have to worry about prespective
and scale. If you look at primitive designs,
houses are smaller than the cow or pig,
and an apple on the tree may be half the
tree size. Again, choose something simple.
Because we're using my grandaughter Katies'
frog in our tutorials, I thought we'd use
it in this series as well.
After all, he IS kind
After you've chosen your design, you're
ready to transfer the pattern onto the backing
fabric. Measure your design and then add
5-6" on all four sides. That will give
you ample hooking room and keep the edges
from fraying into your hooked area. Use
a copier machine to enlarge your pattern
to the correct size, if it's not already.
The easiest and quickest way that I've
found to transfer, is to use tulle.
That's the stuff wedding veils was made
from. A friend told me about this method.
It's very inexpensive and works beautifully.
First, place the tulle over your pattern
and trace the entire design with a pencil...
you can use a permanent marker, but you'll
be marking on your pattern too. So I use
a pencil to draw the pattern on the tulle.
Next, take the tulle and lay it over your
backing fabric and pen it into place.
Then, take a permanent marker
and trace the pencil lines that are on the
tulle... the marker will penetrate the tulle
and come through onto the backing.
You're ready to start hooking!
There are other ways to transfer your
You can use an iron-on transfer pen and
an iron to transfer the design to your backing
material. This is what I had been doing
before my friend told me about tulle. It
was very frustrating and took a lot of time.
You have to trace your design on paper
(Butcher paper works well.) With a marker
and then turn the traced design over, so
that it's backwards (or in reverse) and
trace your design with the transfer pencil.
Once your design is on the butcher paper,
turn it over and use the TRANSFER PENCIL
to repeat the design that you've traced
on the other side of the paper.
Now you're ready to use your iron to
transfer the design from the paper to the
Place your HOT, dry iron on top of the
tracing paper and press and wait, then move
the iron to another area and do the same
until you have the entire pattern transferred
onto your backing.
You can also transfer a design using red
dot tracing paper. I had a hard time finding
it, either at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or
our fabric store. And if you're using burlap,
the red dots don't show up very well.
Again, for me, using the tulle is by
far the easiest.