Locker Hooking

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A general knowledge of locker hooking is assumed before you start some of these these projects. There is a wonderful instructional booklet and a DVD available with tips and techniques for the novice that will get you up to speed on Locker Hooking and you will be able to tackle any project.

Locker Hooking is said to have started in Great Britain in the 1920’s using six-ply rug wool.  The art came to the USA in the 1940’s still using the wool but recently became very popular using cotton fabric strips.   The fabric method makes the craft much easier to hook and shows the coloring better.

Locker Hooking 101 Instructions

Locker 101 Booklet

The instructions has all the information and photos to get you started Locker Hooking. All you need is a Locker Hook, some of your stash fabric, some rug canvas and a little fun time.   The illustrations are of Vicki McKelvy doing her locker hooking technique that she has taught hundreds of quilters on how to turn their stash fabric into useful and lovely items.  You'll be able to make floor rugs, table runners, wall hangings and as many things your imagination can come up with after following the instructions.  Locker Hooking 101 is the way to get started on this great craft. On the back cover, you'll see a rug with a crocodile image on it.  This was done by just drawing the croc on a paper and laying the rug canvas over it and tracing the image with an ink marker.   Vicki has many Kits and supplies in this web site that you will enjoy. Vicki has shown many young girls and boys how to locker hook and they love it.

Pricing: $8.50

Instructional DVD – Locker Hooking 101

Locker DVD

The DVD is like having your Locker Hooking instructor in your home. Vicki will show you how to get started Hooking and some tricks and shortcuts to enable you to make a great Locker Hooked rug and many other projects.  Use up all of  your stash fabric that has been laying around and turn it into something wonderful.  The rug canvas shown in the DVD has changed (not shown) from the 3.3 to the new 4.0 canvas.   This canvas uses 1' fabric strips instead of the 1 1/2" strips.  Other than that, everything else is the same.

Pricing: $14.95

Locker Hooked 4.0 Rug

The image is a 27" X 34" Locker Hooked 4.0 Rug that I hooked using the new rug canvas,  It was nice to use the soft canvas and still having the rug as strong as the old cotton canvas.  What matters is that the cotton strips locked together make the rug strong and not the canvas.  You should be able to get a lot more detail work using this 4.0 rather than the 3.3 canvas.


Locker Hooking Rug Canvas 4.0 yard

This Locker Hooking Rug Canvas 4.0 is a new plastic rug canvas replacing the cotton canvas .  There are 4 holes per inch.  This canvas is much softer and easy to use.  I have run new canvas rugs through the washing machine and dryer and they hold up fine.     3/4″ cotton strips can be used as well as the 1″ strips.  The width of the strips depends on the material used.  The heavier the material, the thinner the strips.  The old cotton canvas had a lot of sizing in it that took a few washing and use to get it soft.  The new plastic is soft to start.  Also the canvas measures 58 1/2" but there is little selvage to remove making it very close to the same size as the cotton canvas.  Sold by the yard.  I have about 20 yards on hand.   I can ship any amount but the largest single piece I can ship is 5 yards.

Pricing: $16.95 yard

Locker Hooking 101 Kit

Locker Hooking 101 Kit Includes Rug Backing to make a 9″ X 9″ trivet,  Instructions,  4 ply 100% cotton yarn,  Sample fabric strips to showing how to attach them without sewing and an Aluminum Locker Hook.  You will need about 1 1/2 yards of fabric stripped up in 1 inch strips to make this project which are not included.  Once you have mastered the Locker Hooking technique, you will be able to move one to some wonderful projects that enhance any area that they are used.  The illustrations in the instructions are of Vicki McKelvy demonstrating her locker hooking method that she uses to teach quilters on how to use up their stash fabric.  This kit is great to teach young ones useful craft.  The Rug Canvas is the new size 4.0 and works great.  There is no sizing like the cotton canvas needed so it is soft to start.

Pricing: $16.95

Locker Hooked Bags Instructions

Locker Bag Pattern

After you’ve learned the basics of Locker Hooking, these carry bags are fun to make and use. You can make them any size you want and any colors.  IMPORTANT: To use this pattern, you need a Basic Knowledge of Locker Hooking techniques and the materials required.  The materials needed are the rug backing, strips of fabric, yarn and a locker hook.

Pricing: $7.00

Locker Hook Steel

Locker Steel

A stronger Locker Hook made from stainless steel. You may want this Locker Hook because the heavier weight feels comfortable in the hand.

Pricing: $6.95

Blunt Tapestry Needle


These needles are use to finish the edges of you Lockere Hook project. They come two to a pack.

Pricing: $1.65 pair

4 Ply Cotton Yarn

Cotton Yarn Ball

120 yard ball ‘Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn’.  The color does not matter since it it is hidden beneath the fabric strips.

Pricing: $3.50 each

Cotton Yarn 1 yard strips

Cotton Yarn 1 yard strips

Yarn cut in 1 yard strips for more convenient use.  100 yards in pack.   This is 100% cotton twine used for Locker Hooking.

Pricing: $3.50

Kathleen’s Locker Hooking Book

Book Kathleen's Locker Hooking

This is Kathleen’s Locker Hooking Book is her first book and is a good beginner book showing basic locker hooking to patterns and ideas for you project.  Kathleen uses 3.75 rug canvas for her patterns.

Pricing: $19.95

Kathleen’s Christmas Locker Hooking Book

Book Christmas Kathleen

Another of Kathleen’s fine Locker Hook books.  This one has plenty of Christmas patterns as well a basic hooking instructions.  Kathleen uses 3.75 rug canvas for her patterns.

Pricing: $19.95

Hook, Loop & Lock Locker Hook Book

Book Hook, Loop and Lock

This 128 page book by Theresa Pulido has some geat ideas from contributing artist Cathern Britt, Kathleen Carpenter, Sherri Haab and Cindy Sadowski.  You’ll find some different hooking prep methods and lyout tips in this great book.  Basic hooking methods are also included.  Theresa’s book shows 3.75 and size 5 canvas for her patterns.  I am out of stock on this item.

Pricing: $19.95

Locking Loops Locker Hook Book


Another great book by Theresa Pulido introducing unique new designs for making tote bags and baskets, bracelets, pins and necklace designs.  This book has a range from traditional locker-hooked projects to new and exciting looks, such as extra-long loops.  Also Theresa introduces a new technique she calls ‘runched frames’.  This technique produces padded shapes that will add a whole new dimension to your projects.

Pricing: $22.95

General Locker Hooking Supplies