Most rug hookers like to label their rugs, for good reason. There’s great benefit to keeping track of the name of the pattern, when it was hooked, the name of the teacher who helped them, and a wide variety of other information.
I like labels for one other important reason: they create a digital record of my rug as it looked when I hooked it. This is because, in addition to all the normal information people like to include on their labels, I include a picture of my rug from when I hooked it.
Why is an image of your completed rug important?
It creates a record of your rug and the colors in it when it was finished. One of the heartbreaking parts of rug hooking is when the colors fade or even change to entirely different colors due to sun exposure or other damage. An image provides a reference point to that change. You’ll know which of your wool are the least light stable, and which you might want to avoid going forward.
Similarly, having an image of the original rug makes it much easier to restore damaged rugs.
For identification purposes, you always have a picture of your rug on hand. I’ve found this useful on many occasions, whether it was sending out an email to notify someone of which of my rugs I was missing, or showing someone a project that I didn’t have immediately on hand because it was on display someplace.
It also creates an image diary of your own work, and how you improve and change in your hooking as time goes by. It’s almost like taking pictures of your children as they’re growing up!
How do you create these labels?
I have a standard template in word, with the picture on the left, and the typed out information on the right. I file my images in a folder on my computer so that I have a central location where I can find all of my rugs.
I print my labels on fabric sheets on my ink jet printer. You can find fabric sheets at fabric or quilt stores. You load them like regular paper, and create a label . The sheets are paper backed, so after you print off your label you can peal off the paper and apply it to the back of your rug.
Do you have any questions for Ania about her labels? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below!