Latch hook rugs are created by looping a metal hook through a hole in a large mesh piece and attaching a piece of yarn to the hole. While the rugs can be quite beautiful, they can also be difficult to put together. The bigger the rug, the harder it is to hold the mesh in place. An easy solution to this problem and something that you can do at home is to create a latch hook rug frame.
Purchase or find an old fashioned folding wood clothes dryer. These may also be called collapsible clothes dryers depending on where you shop. If you’ve ever seen a latch hook rug frame, they look very similar to these dryers though they cost much more. These dryers fold up when not in use, which makes them and excellent choice if you’re short on space.
Raise the dryer up to its full size position so you can see exactly how tall it is and if you need to make any adjustments. Most have three levels, but some have four, five or six levels. If you to make it shorter, simply cut off the legs of the dryer with the handsaw.
Attach your small storage boxes to the side of the clothes dryer, right at the very top bar. These little boxes should be very small, only 1-2 inches long or across. Alternatively you can use a longer box and place small cardboard dividers inside. Small nails hammered through the boxes into the top rail of the dryer will give you a place to store your yarn pieces and other tools.
Set up your frame and see how the height works for you. Sit down in your favourite chair where you usually work and see how the system works for your needs. You might find that you need to remove another level of the clothes dryer or sand down the edges to make it more level.
Finish off your latch hook rug frame by knocking out any of the cross pieces that are still in the clothes dryer. These pieces do little more than give you extra space to hang your clothes on it so they aren’t actually needed. Once they’re gone though you’ll have room to slide your legs under the frame. Give the cross pieces a few good hits with your hammer and they’ll pop right out. Then you’ll have a latch hook frame you can use for years to come.
If you want a way to use a latch hook rug frame to work on a smaller area, try attaching a small quilting hoop to the side of your frame using a small hinge. You can pull the hoop up and slide your rug in place when you need it and let it hang over the side when you aren’t using it.
Check the ends of your cross pieces before you try to remove them with a hammer. Some models use regular glue to hold the pieces in place, while others nail or screw the pieces in place. You may need to remove the nails or screws before trying to take them out.