How to Hook with NYLONS


Here is the mat  commissioned by the Stewart Hall Museum when the Grenfell Exhibition was on.Designed by myself and hooked on by several members of the St Henri Rug Hooking Guild iincluding myself.It was in Celebrations the next year and is hooked entirely with hand dyed panty hose-in horizontal lines as were the Grenfell mats.It is a good size ,about 32'' X 20''.Colours are better in real life of course!

A history of these mats can be found  by googling ' Grenfell ' mats.
Here as promised a few hints . . .on  

How to Hook with NYLONS or (Pantyhose)
Nylons can be hooked in any direction and into any type of design you want . The Greenfell-style mats are usually hooked in straight rows horizontally.
Nylons can be dyed easily –just as wool . . . . same methods. Small pyrex dishes  covered with saran wrap and a hole pricked in top. . . .. zapped in a microwave are  what I liked to use.
Technique:
As with all hooking there are always different ways to hook with the fibre you have chosen.
I will try to discribe here what worked for me.
Use a good sharp pair of scissors and   jewellery tweezers are helpful to pull your loops and organize them neatly.
1.   Cut your panty hose horizontally across the legs about ½’’ wide – giving you circles.
2.   When ready to hook the circle- Pull stretched it and it gets narrower –sort of like a #3 cut in wool.
3.   Snip circles once to get a strip  . . .the edges will roll in towards the right side of the material . .
 NOTE* therefore if you dye the nylons put them inside out and then dye!
4.    Hook in almost every hole . . .pull the strip up higher than you would normally . . ..  as it is stretchy and shrinks back down after it is hooked.
 . . .remember that for smooth hooking the rolls of strip will be on the underneath side of loop.
Grenfell mats were finished with the ends to the underneath side of mat but there really is no need to do this.
-Bring ends to the top as with wool strips. Remembering  that tweezers  can help to adjust and shape loops once they are hooked !
Good Luck!