Rug yarn can vary greatly, however it is generally a thicker
type of yarn/wool. Often this is a thick, 3-ply yarn which is used, although
other ply can be used in rug making.
NOTE: If you are
interested in how wool/yarn is made, please have a look at the
'How Wool is Processed' page. More
information about the different types of wool can be found in
'Types of Wool'.
If you are latch hooking a rug there are primarily two options to consider
for yarn. Ive added some advantages and disadvantages against these.
Pre-cut wool is basically wool that is packaged and sold cut into small
strips ready to be latch hooked.
This is the form wool will be in if you
were to purchase a latch hook kit, but it can be brought separately
from various craft or hobby stores.
Already cut, only has to be latch hooked onto your rug
purchase in smaller quantities than buying a ball of wool
the strands are lined/straightened up, making hooking alot quicker
Yarn has been specifically produced to be used for rug making
Can be more
expensive than buying wool and cutting it yourself
the length of the strands, if you are thinking of making a particular short
or long stranded rug.
Other Yarn and Wool
Yarn/wool can be purchased from any craft or hobby
store, you can use a variety of yarns depending on what type of rug
you want to make.
If you have a look at my Grandad's rugs
here you can see that the rug was made
using 5 or 6 strands of yarn with each knot so that the rug was
thicker. However thicker wool could have been used, choice is yours.
More widely available than pre-cut wool, as it is used for other
crafts, such as knitting.
Larger range of colours available. (although the colours available
in pre-cut wool is growing)
Able to use a variety of textured and different thickness of ply
wool to personalise your rug.
Cheaper to buy if you are starting your own rug and needing to
purchase wool to complete it.
Cheaper if you are thinking of making a latch hook rug to use up
spare or recycled wool.
Able to make a rug with your own length of strands of wool.
Will need to
be cut into strands before it can be latch hooked. This is timely. Although
there are machines that you can get to do this for you.
strands are cut up, they can be more difficult to work with, as they are not
all aligned ready to be latch hooked. Particularly an issue if you are using
more than 1 strand in each latch hooked knot.