I can only describe locker hooking as a little like rug making. This is a sample made by the class teacher of what I was meant to achieve today.
I failed to bring the right materials so had to scrounge some fabric from the tutor. When I went to our local craft store, they looked at me like I was some kind of crazy woman when I asked if they kept locker hooking needles. They do see to be a special thing indeed as they are like a crochet hook with a needle eye on it.
The first thing we all had to do was snip the little sticky out plastic bits off so it was all even.
We then folded it down two squares worth. I did two sides to start with. If I was going to make something bigger, I’d have to fold down four or six squares.
Using some of the fabric which was cut into a 1/2 inch strip, I threaded some onto a bodkin needle.
Using the bodkin needle, we then secured the edging by going through all the loops
and folding down the other two corners as we went.
We sewed round until the whole outside was covered.
We then cut up a whole heap of 1/2 inch strips of fabric.
Note to self : make sure you have long strips!
Our class teacher drew on a leaf motif for us to follow with permanent marker pen.
We then got to locker hook! You need to have a piece of strong cotton thread which will anchor your stitches onto the canvas. This needs to be tied on and the thread goes through the eye of the needle.
You hold the fabric under the mesh and use the crochet hook bit to pull the fabric up to create a loop. Don’t do what I did and pull it too tight – I ended up unpicking it a few times after doing that.
Once a few stitches are created, you pull the thread through the stitches on the crochet hook to ‘lock’ them in.
I then followed the leaf motif round and round until I’d filled the leaf. As I didn’t have any more fabric, I decided to take my potholder home to finish. I’m now wondering where pao’s old shirts are
So now you know what locker hooking is! On my way home, I dropped into Badger’s Hill Farm (I have tried to bring my favourite people there but it is always closed when they arrived in the UK) to get some plants for the garden and said hello to Texas, the one-eyed bulldog.