Now, more than ever before, is a time for slow living and softness. As we turn to our homes and tend to ourselves, we rediscover the benefits of creativity and comfort. Rug hooking is a great way to fill your time and home.
Here to show you the ropes is Rose Pearlman. An artist, teacher, and textile designer, Pearlman teaches monthly rug hooking workshops in and around her home in NYC, as well as online. Her new book, Modern Rug Hooking: 22 Punch Needle Projects for Crafting a Beautiful Home, promises to guide you in this simple but powerful art, and is now available for preorder.
“For me, rug hooking is the fiber medium most like painting,” she relayed once in an interview with Sarah K. Benning. “The punching technique is simple to master so your energy can be spent on composition and color.” According to Pearlman, with rug hooking it is also easy to change your mind and undo your work. “You can easily pull stitches out to reuse the same cloth backing and fiber without waste,” she notes.
And while rug hooking is as expressive as painting, it takes up little space, makes little mess, and is easily picked up and put down throughout the day, making it an ideal hobby for crammed spaces. “As an artist and teacher, it’s my goal to inspire and help others create,” says Pearlman.