We have little workshops out at the house occasionally and with lots of new beginners I thought I would do a very simple tutorial on how to draw a straight of grain on to monks cloth you can also do this on linen or rug warp.
If you are going to do rug hooking then it won't matter the size of your frame or hoop but in oxford punch if using a frame with a gripper strip it is better to draw the pattern to fit inside the frame.
Here is what you will need to get started. For the example I am drawing an 8 inch square. You will need a sharp pencil, a ruler, serge or zig zag some monks cloth or linen (to prevent it from raveling) and I use a Sharpie Rub a Dub marker.
I like to give myself plenty of room around the outside edge for binding so I leave a good 2 inches all around.
Take a good sharp pencil and place it at the top where one of your sides will be and slowly begin dragging your pencil down it will fall in the holes.
I pull the top just a bit to keep it good and taut as I'm dragging the pencil.
(sorry it's hard to get a pic and draw with one hand and hold it tight with the other)
Once you get it all drawn on you will have a pencil outline.
Next I grab my Rub a Dub Sharpie.
I pull the marker down right over where the pencil had been go slow...believe me it is easier after you do the pencil than just beginning with the marker. (My son came by so had him take a pic for me)
There you go a simple square ready for a design. I'll show you another simple way to add a pattern in another post.
I know a lot of you are very experienced hookers and punchers but for those beginning I hope this helps!
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