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Sora rug 2 by Colt-kun Sora rug 2 by Colt-kun
a follow up to the first picture. It didn't show the whole rug then cause there wasn't any more at the time...

Edit: I FINALLY found the original picture, and wanted to give the artist full credit!

This was shut up in a box for several months cause of school, and all the new stuff was done in the last two days. I could probably finish it in a few more days, I just get bored with it... xD

How To Cause I keep getting asked :3
lol well if you're lame for wanting to try, how lame am i for coming up with it?
it's not hard at all. If you've ever used a latchhook kit, you know the hardest part is the time to put into it. Here's the instructions included with every kit. You can find the pre-made kits at most craft stores like JoAnna's or Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Mine is one I made myself.
First I figured out what picture I wanted to make on the rug and what colors I would need. Then I bought a blank latch hook mat which I found at JoAnna's (they're also at hobby lobby). I bought several packs of pre-cut yarn for latchhook, which is about a dollar per pack (with 320 pieces in it). I did run out of some the colors (considering the overall rug has over 250,000 knots in it) and starting cutting regular yarn to length. It's much easier to just buy a lot of the precut stuff to get it the right length, but there is a [link]"tool to cut regular yarn.
Then I redrew the picture onto the mat. The mat has a grid already on it, so I just divided up the picture into a grid to transfer it to a bigger size. The original picture was about 6 by 8 inches, while the rug is 3 by 4 feet.
Then you just start making the knots using the hook. (it's in every pre-made kit, as is the mat and yarn, but if you're making your own you'll have to buy one.) This takes a lot of time, and after a while it becomes really monotonous. Most people give up on their rugs because of the time required. My Sora rug is special to me, so I keep chugging away :3 I work on the rug while watching TV. Your hands start to work automatically.
Afterwards, what you will need to do is seal the rug so the knots don't come undone. There is tape available to put around the edge and sealant for the back, but I'm cheap and usually just put a dot of superglue on the back of every knot. Let the glue/sealant dry, then wash the rug. It gets out the dirt and makes it fuzzy and soft.
Have fun and if you have any more questions or need help, just ask :3
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Hetsumi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
That looks really cool. I was thinking of playing around with latch hooks again and your Sora design gave me the idea to come up with my own image. :)
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DGA666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
WOW thats so COOOL :D
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DBR024Store Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
How'd you know what color is what?
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Colt-kun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
I made it up based on the picture.
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DBR024Store Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I mean was it hard to use on the surface? Was it a hard fabric to work with. The grid-thing I mean.
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Colt-kun Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
It was a bit. But I sketched the lines out on the mat, and the colors go inside the lines. Like paint by number kits.
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Haruka--chan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, that's so amazing! I'm super jealous! ^_~ Keep it up, 'cause you've got talent!
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DBR024Store Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Where can you buy a blank block that you did the design on. It looks awesome.
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Colt-kun Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
You can buy a blank mat with a printed grid at craft stores - I know Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's has carried them in the past, but found mine at Michael's. But blank mats usually only come in the larger sizes so you will probably have to cut it down.
You can find the yarn packets and the hook tool as well.
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DBR024Store Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Thanks :)
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