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Rug Making

Rug Hooking, Rug Punching and Rug Braiding

Halcyon Yarn offers an extensive selection of equipment and supplies for rug hookers, punchers & braiders. You will find links to the left to find what you want and need. If you want an item we don't carry let us know, we may be able to special order it for you.

Rug Making Supplies:


Adjustable Hand Punch Needle

This high quality 5 3/4" rug punch is adjustable to ten pile lengths ranging from 1/4 - 3/4 inches. It comes with a large tip suitable for use with medium to heavy weight rug wools, including all of the yarns in the Kingfisher Collection.


Item Number: 68510000 $26.95    Add

Basic Rug Hook, Size 10

In the New England tradition of no frills frugality, our basic hooks are functional and affordable. Available in sizes 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, the larger the hook number, the smaller the hook size. For example, use a #2 for primitive rugs and a #10 for 3/32" fabric strips. Collect the whole set!

Sizes 2 and 3 have the ball handle, sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 have the straight style handle.


Item Number: 6851008H $12.75    Add
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Basic Rug Hook, Size 2 - Straight handle

In the New England tradition of no frills frugality, our basic hooks are functional and affordable. Available in sizes 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, the larger the hook number, the smaller the hook size. For example, use a #2 for primitive rugs and a #10 for 3/32" fabric strips. Collect the whole set!

Sizes 2 and 3 have the ball handle, sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 have the straight style handle.


Item Number: 6851003H $12.75    Add
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Bent Latch Hook

Our latch hooks are simple, sturdy and economical. Straight or bent?... it's up to you. 6 1/2" lon.


Item Number: 68540050 $3.00    Add

Bleached Linen Rug Backing 60"

Stronger and more resistant to rot than burlap, linen backing will give your hand hooked rugs a traditional feel.


Item Number: 68540020 $36.50    Add

Braidkin - Lacer

For years, rug braiders have turned to Braid-Aid for high quality braiding tools. All Braid-Aid tools are constructed of tempered steel and zinc plated for smoothness and long life. Until 1947 when the Braidkin was introduced all rugs were sewn together with thread and needle, a slow, painstaking effort. The Braidkin needle has an exact curve and tip shaped to insert under the loops of braid with ease and speed. The width and flatness keeps it from rolling or turning as you lace; and the double eye prevents thread from slipping. Great for use in knitting and weaving too.


Item Number: 68460040 $3.50    Add

Braid Master Set of Three

The original braiding device developed by Braid-Aid to make reversible rug braiding possible. For those who prefer simplicity, the Braidmaster easily does the work of folding into tubes medium to coat-weight fabrics cut 1.5" wide.


Item Number: 68460000 $10.95    Add

Cotton Warp Cloth 60 " Rug Backing

There are 13 warps and 13 wefts per inch in our 100% cotton warp cloth. It is woven with single strands of tightly twisted cotton warp. The threads deflect to allow the passage of yarn or fabric. Cotton warp cloth will accommodate all sizes of yarn and allows one to hook or punch without skipping spaces. Many prefer using cotton warp cloth because of its superior strength. 60 inches wide.


Item Number: 68540011 $24.00    Add

Floor Standing Latch Hook Rug Frame

Rug frame for latch hook or other rug making offers an adjustable top that expands to a 50 inch wide work area. It comes complete with an eight slot storage bin for organizing your pre-cut yarn. Also includes brass set pins to hold your work taut. Made from American hardwood.


Item Number: 68560100 $131.00    Add

Hartman Hook, Ball Handle extra coarse 9 MM

Individually handcrafted in Ireland of brass & yew wood. Slightly fatter than the primitive shank, the 9 mm extra coarse is perfect for wide hand torn or cut strips. 4 1/4" long.


Item Number: 68560140 $38.00    Add

Hartman Hook, Ball Handle, Primitive 8 MM

Individually handcrafted in Ireland of brass & yew wood. The original Hartman hook. This makes hooking a #8 and even larger a snap. 4 1/4" long.


Item Number: 68560110 $38.00    Add

Hartman Hook, Ergo Handle fine 3 MM

Individually handcrafted in Ireland of brass & yew wood. The ergonomic (ergo) handle has a flattened section making it much easier to hold and use. The 3 mm for fine hookers using a #3, 4 or 5. 4 1/4" long.


Item Number: 68560230 $38.00    Add

Hartman Hook, Ergo Handle medium 5 MM

Individually handcrafted in Ireland of brass & yew wood. The ergonomic (ergo) handle has a flattened section making it much easier to hold and use. The original medium shank 5 mm hooks a variety of cuts, especially #4, 5 or 6. 4 1/4" long.


Item Number: 68560220 $38.00    Add

Hartman Hook, Ergo Handle Primitive 8 MM

Individually handcrafted in Ireland of brass & yew wood. The ergonomic (ergo) handle has a flattened section making it much easier to hold and use. This makes hooking a #8 and even larger a snap. 4 1/4" long.


Item Number: 68560210 $38.00    Add

Latch Hook Canvas 60" - 4/inch

Sturdy cotton canvas with 4 holes per inch. Sold by the yard. Grid marked off by blue threads every 2.5 inches for easy design transfer.


Item Number: 68540030 $11.95    Add

Locker Hook

Locker hooking is a fast, easy and economical way to create rugs and wall hangings using a special tool that is a crochet hook on one end and a tapestry needle on the other. All you need is a locker hook, canvas (latch hook style with 4-holes per inch), wool roving and yarn. Hook loops of fiber through openings in rug canvas and secure the loops by sewing through them with strong yarn. Use any charted design for your rug – color knitting patterns are a great place to start – or design your own. Comes with an instruction leaflet and 6 1/4" locker hook.


Item Number: 68540071 $11.00    Add

Long Oval 2.0mm Rug Hook

Long oval handle rug hook with a 2.0mm hook. This economical rug hook is 4" overall length with a handle of 1 1/4"" in diameter.


Item Number: 68490120 $5.00    Add
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Meno Trigger Rug Hook Fine

Enjoy hours of pain free rug hooking with this innovative ergonomic design. Specialty handle is designed to ease stress on fingers, hand and wrist. Can be used right or left handed.


Item Number: 68520600 $29.95    Add

Meno Trigger Rug Hook Primitive

Enjoy hours of pain free rug hooking with this innovative ergonomic design. Specialty handle is designed to ease stress on fingers, hand and wrist. Can be used right or left handed. Primitive for cuts 6/32 and larger.


Item Number: 68520200 $29.95    Add

Meno Trigger Rug Hook Traditional

Enjoy hours of pain free rug hooking with this innovative ergonomic design. Specialty handle is designed to ease stress on fingers, hand and wrist. Can be used right or left handed. Traditional for cuts 5/32 and smaller.


Item Number: 68520400 $29.95    Add

Monk's Cloth - 60"

Halcyon Yarn offers a high quality 100% cotton Monk's Cloth that is suitable for all your rug hooking and punching needs. Approximately 12 double threads per inch. Monk's cloth is woven in a basket weave structure which is sturdier, yet just as flexible as the plain weave structure of burlap and other backings. Another great feature is the white grid line that runs vertically every two inches. These lines make it easy to position your design and to stretch the cloth evenly on your frame. Sold by the yard.


Item Number: 68540010 $16.95    Add

Morgan Lap Stand 10" and 14" hoops

Morgan lap stands are portable, easy to assemble and feature a no-slip hoop. Hoops can be used individually as well as a lap stand. Comes with 10 in hoop and 14 in hoop.


Item Number: 68510031 $52.99    Add
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Morgan 14" No-Slip Hoop

MORGAN-No Slip Hoops have a unique tongue and groove configuration which holds the fabric securely between the inner and outer rings. There is no movement of the project until the outer ring is loosened and the project is removed from the inner ring-keeps your project taut while you are working on it. Made of Plastic.


Item Number: 68510033 $24.99    Add

Number 16 - 1/2" Rigby Finger Only

Finger for #1/2 - 1/2 cutter head. This keep the strips from wrapping around the cutter-head. One comes with the Model “H”, matching the size of the cutter. Additional cutters of different sizes need matching cleaning fingers. Please note: This item has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865080F $12.00    Add
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Oxford Mini Punch Needle 1/8" Number 14

The Oxford Mini Punch Needle was designed for comfort and speed. Its special features include a wide lip to rest your fingers on while pressing down and a " bump" on the handle that gives you something to pull up on, reducing hand strain. Comes with a 28 page instruction book and stitch gauge. Makes a 1/8 inch loop. The Mini makes a short loop that looks similar to needlepoint. Use with Botanica or Bartlett worsted yarn.


Item Number: 68540104 $35.00    Add

Oxford Punch Needle 1/2" Number 8

The Oxford Punch Needle was designed for comfort and speed. Its special features include a wide lip to rest your fingers on while pressing down and a " bump" on the handle that gives you something to pull up on, reducing hand strain. Comes with a 28 page instruction book and stitch gauge. Makes a 1/2 inch loop.


Item Number: 68540103 $35.00    Add
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Primitive Short 2.00mm Rug Hook

Primitive short handle rug hook with a 2.00 mm hook. This economical rug hook is 4" overall length with a handle of 1 1/4" in diameter.


Item Number: 68490210 $5.00    Add
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Punch Needle Tool

Punch needle yarn tool complete with 2 threaders. Makes projects go smoothly, quickly and easily. A must have! The most economical rug punch tool we have.


Item Number: 68540100 $4.99    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, B Extra Head

Single Blade Cutter head replacement for Model B. Please note: This item can have a lengthy delay which can be many months.


Item Number: 6865001B $33.00    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, Model C Extra Head

Single Cutter head replacement for Model C.

Please note: This item sometimes has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865001C $37.00    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, Model B for Braided Rugs

Just clamp a Rigby cutter to a table top and feed cloth into the cutter while you turn the crank. Perfect strips every time! The Model B, standard, single blade cutter head with guide arm cuts individual strips 1/2-2" wide for braiding and weaving. Please note: This item has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865000B $208.00    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, Model H - 1/4" head

Cutting fabric strips for hooking has never been so easy. Just clamp the Rigby cutter a table top and feed cloth into the cutter while you turn the crank. Perfect strips every time. Cut three, four or five strips at a time depending on the width of the strips desired. Comes with 1/4" head. Cutter heads also available are – 3⁄32", 1⁄8", 5⁄32", 3⁄16", 7⁄32" , whichever suits your needs. If you prefer the choice to put two different heads on the shaft to eliminate the need to change heads for different strip widths purchase the Model D. H is the same as Model D but with only one cutterhead. Please note: This item has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865000H $237.00    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, Model D with 6 and 8 cutter heads

This machine can be furnished with any two multi-cut sizes of cutter head for Rug Hooking Strips. The blades are side by side on the shaftIt is the most productive and convenient machine we offer to cut different widths of hooking strips. All of the eight regular widths are available for use on the D machine: 3/32, 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 3/8,and 1/2 inch. Please note: This item has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865000D $312.00    Add

Rigby Rag Cutter, Model C with two heads

Clamp a Rigby cutter to a table top and feed cloth into the cutter while turning the crank. You'll get perfect strips every time! The Model C, with two heads on the same shaft can be used for either hooked or braided rug materials. The standard 1/4" multi-cut head (which can be changed to any of the six available sizes) is on one side for cutting narrow strips for hooking. The standard single blade cutter head with guide arm on the other side is for cutting single 1/2-2" strips for braiding and weaving. The most versatile model by far. Please note: This item has a lengthy delay which may be many months.


Item Number: 6865000C $312.00    Add

Rug Hooking Gripper Strips

Gripper strips are perfect for rug hooking frames which grip the rug backing allowing the pattern to be repositioned in seconds. Strips are 7/8" X 40" long. If you need to cut to size use a utility knife after marking the desired length and removing any wire staples in the cutting line. A large quilter's pin(size 28) works to remove the staples.

Do be careful handling these as the points are sharp!


Item Number: 68560300 $41.95    Add

Safety Back Latex Rug Backing (Saf-T-Bak)

Apply this latex backing to your hooked, punched, knitted or crocheted rug with an old rubber spatula. It cures overnight, adding body, securing the structure and making it skid proof. Saf-T-Bak is sold in 32 oz tubs which will cover about 12 square feet. Try it on bottom of slipper soles. Please note, all latex backings contain rubber which may eventually darken light colored vinyl floors. Be aware of this and use a non-rubber floor mat when necessary. Not recommended for valuable antiques.


Item Number: 68590000 $22.00    Add

Shirren Rug Hook with Instructions

A basic Shirren rug hook and basic instructions for making shirred rugs. Shirred rugs are different from hooked and braided styles. Strips of fabric are folded and joined at the center, with the strips standing on edge in the finished piece. The resulting rugs are thick and reversible. Aside from the hook, fabric strips of any length, and a strong cotton rug warp, no other supplies are necessary. Steel with stop and instructions is 9" long.


Item Number: 68540080 $12.00    Add

Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine

You'll find so many uses for this handy and innovative machine for cutting strips of fabric and paper. It's perfect for recycling and repurposing projects. Cut strips from 3/8" to 2 3/4" to use for weaving, rug hooking, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, and more! Ideal for cutting straight strips to be used for Bias strips.

The cutting blades are made of forged steel and cut by pressure on a drum, not by sharpness, which dramatically lengthens the durability of the blades. Features a foot pedal similar to a sewing machine for operation and an adjustable guide to make success easy. Compare to Rigby Model B... A great value.


Item Number: 68540200 $79.99    Add

Straight Latch Hook

Our latch hooks are simple, sturdy and economical. Straight or bent?... it's up to you. 6 1/2" long.


Item Number: 68540040 $3.00    Add

Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen - Black

Finally, a transfer pen that easily transfers designs onto fabric, canvas, wood or just about any surface where a hot iron can be used. Ink glides on like a marker. Transfer designs in 2 easy steps: trace then iron.


Item Number: 7000130B $4.95    Add

Thumbtack Kit

No more sore fingers and broken nails! Get the backing on and off your wood frame quickly and easily.


Item Number: 68540110 $11.95    Add

Unbleached Linen Rug Backing 60"

Stronger and more resistant to rot than burlap, our unbleached linen backing will give your hand hooked rugs a traditional feel.


Item Number: 68540210 $29.00    Add

Vari-Folders Set of Three

These are the only braiders that fold nearly all weights of materials in widths from 1.25". to 2.25 ". The most versatile braider of all, the Vari-Folder Braid-Aids are designed to fold perfectly light or heavy material cut the width desired to make braids 1/2", 3/4" , 1 "or 1 1/4"wide.


Item Number: 68460010 $19.95    Add

3-Way Braid-Aid Set of Three

For years, rug braiders have turned to Braid-Aid for high quality braiding tools. All Braid-Aid tools are constructed of tempered steel and then zinc plated for a smooth work surface. Works with strips 1.25 to 1.5" wide. Set of 3, adjustable for finished braids of .5" to 1.5".


Item Number: 68460020 $14.50    Add

Wooden Rug Hooking Hoop, 18" x 1 1/8" height

The outer hoop on this BIG hoop expands with an extra long screw and a wing nut to accommodate various thicknesses of fabric. Great for hooking and punching chair pads, pillow covers, and any other small project you may have in mind.


Item Number: 68510040 $23.75    Add

Wooden Rug Hooking round Hoop, 14" x 1 1/16" height

The outer hoop expands with an extra long screw and a wing nut to accommodate heaveier thicknesses. Great for hooking and punching chair pads, pillow covers, and any other small projects you have in mind.


Item Number: 68510010 $22.00    Add