Rug Hooking / Rug Punching

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Koel – New Magazine!

Koel Magazine Issue 6

Note – this issue has sold out, but please stay tuned for the next, coming soon!

KOEL Magazine celebrates yarn crafting for modern interiors. A timeless source of inspiration, KOEL connects a global community of fiber artists. Gorgeous photography and inspired design in every issue. [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , new on the shelves at Halcyon Yarn!


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Meet the Maine Moose!

The real ones won’t fit in your living room – but this cute take on the unofficial mascot of Maine is welcome in every home!

[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] was designed by author and teacher Susie Stephenson, of Edgecomb, Maine, just for Halcyon Yarn. Now you can hook (or punch) this fun design and bring a little Maine folk art into your decor. Available as a pattern and instructions so you can choose your own colors using strands of our classic Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool. Or make it just like you see it here with the convenient [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] . Suitable for advanced beginners.


Worked in the Halcyon Yarn Classic Rug Wool on a traditional Unbleached Linen Rug Backing 64" , the finished piece measures approximately 12″x12″, making it a great size for a pillow cover or chair pad, or to hang on your wall. We recommend a larger hook, such as the ergonomic Hartman Hook, Ball Handle extra coarse 9 MM Rug Hook. If you’re a puncher rather than a hooker, you’ll just need to reverse the design or have the moose face the other direction.


You’ll need a stand or frame, and we also offer a variety of hooks and punches. We highly recommend the Hartman Hooks and Oxford Punch Needles!

For more great rug-making inspiration, check out Susie Stephenson’s classic book . Susie is a terrific teacher as well. Check out Susie’s Rug Hooking Video for a great introduction to rug hooking and and tips to follow as you make your project.


Plan your own colors of the Maine Moose, or pick up the [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] . Either the kit or the finished piece makes a great Maine gift!




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Rug Hooking Magazine November/December 2017

As the days get shorter its time to get cozy with a new project, and this issue of Rug Hooking has plenty of colorful pieces and helpful tips to keep you going – plus some great holiday and winter themed designs. This issue’s free pattern suits the season with the piece Vintage Ornaments, by Beth Miller.


Holly Jolly Christmas, Lucille Festa, 2017.

Whenever a new Rug Hooking arrives, one of my favorite things is the incredible reader submission. I’m always happily surprised by the range of styles, and the incredible skill on display. Speaking of showing off your skills – the call for submissions to the 2018 Celebration issue closes November 30th. Each annual Celebration is just that – a wonderful celebration of creativity from the rug hooking community. If you’ve got a piece you’re especially proud of why not share it and inspire others. The first place winner receives $500. Complete submission guideline are in this issue and can also be found online at – just click on Celebration!

Here are a few more highlights from this edition!

Northern Loon, by Kay LeFevre, 2017.

Who doesn’t love a loon? As a Mainer I’m partial to these beautiful and spooky sounding birds. Northern Loon is from the article “Canadian Birds, Canadian Mats,” a collection of beautiful bird pieces by Kay LeFevre. Kay hooked these pieces while traveling the northern USA and Canada by RV.

Stained Glass #1 (detail), Gloria McPherson, 2016.

While we often see detailed scenes of nature in rug hooking, Gloria McPherson’s article and beautiful pieces are a great example of the more abstract and geometric possibilities of this medium. In “From Stained Glass to Wool” she reimagines the look and feel of Arts & Crafts era stained glass in the distinctive colors of that movement. Shown above is a detail from McPherson’s piece Stained Glass #1, 2016.

Cat with Kittens, Mary Jarrell, 1992.

You’re never to old for this craft – or perhaps it’s the creativity that keep her young? Check out the lovely story of “Mary Jarrell: Still Hooking at 100.”

Mary Jarrell, receiving the 2017 Delaware State Fair “Superintendent’s Award” from the governor – in recognition of her many blue ribbons! (photo,Danny Aguilar.)

Since this week is all about Rug Wool at Halcyon Yarn, I’ve got to mention that there is a great how-to article that may make a convert out of you. “How to Hook with Yarn: Just Do It!” will help you understand gauge, what hooks and backing to select, and what effects you can achieve. As it says “No cutter, not twisting, no problem”, sounds pretty good – right? Stock up on Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool and learn more about our favorite rug hooking yarn here – on sale for a limited time!


There’s plenty more to explore in [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] – pick yours up and get hooking!



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