Yesterday, my new rug hooking frame arrived! Merry Christmas to me. (yep, I chose my own Christmas gift this year) The box wasn't very large, but the base and 2 gripper tops all fit inside. As I opened it, and it smelled like freshly cut wood~ mmmmm. I did have to assemble it, which was a total of 2 screws. Easy enough to manage ~ just have to be careful of the sharp gripper strips.
Here is the octagonal frame top. I went with this over a larger rectangular one, as I thought I would be easier to maneuver in circles. Since I have nothing to compare it to, it will be tons easier than the hoop I'm currently using.
I also got a smaller square frame top (it came as a set). I put it on top of the octagonal to compare the sizes. The square might be nice for a smaller mini rug, or even punch needle. I chose the lap base, as I hook sitting on the couch. I can always get a floor frame attachment, but at this point, I don't think I would use it enough.
Thank you for the nice comments on the penny rug that's on my dining room table. I will get some photos, and write up a tutorial. There are a few things that I would do differently if I make another one. This one gets a lot of use, and gets crumbs/spills, as we eat in our dining room every evening. I really don't mind if it's gets dirty, as it's to use. I can always make another one.
It was back to work/school for me on Monday. Our district gave 2 full weeks off, but we had to go back on Monday, when the rest of the area was off for the holiday. I didn't mind going back, as I like my job this year. (I didn't say that last year!)
~*~ Laura ~*~