I have most of the design drawn on the linen…but with a large rug, I have to rest my back after bending over the light table for a long period of time!! Perhaps that shows my advanced age!!!!!! LOL 🙂
I remember being asked by a new rug hooker how I got my design enlarged and how I transferred it to my backing…if you are new, you might be interested.
I just mentioned a light table. My husband cut out a large rectangle in the top of an inexpensive table I had purchased and put a piece of heavy plexiglass in its place. I have about a 24 x 40 inch piece of plexiglass. I have three lamps under the table..(.mine are clip on inexpensive lamps!)… that I clip onto a short wooden bench. Other “light tables” can be made by putting a piece of glass or plastic in place of a leaf if your table expands. A coffee table with a glass top can be used too. Some people use a window or a sliding glass door to transfer designs.)
For a large rug (like the Grumpy Lions) I transfer part of the design at one time (one end of the rug) and then switch and do the other end. (Resting my back in between!!!!) LOL
I use my computer to enlarge my designs…using the “Paint” program. (Cindi Gay has a great tutorial)
I used to have my designs enlarged at the copy shop but it got to be quite expensive…so this works for me. Yes, I have to tape my sheets together, but that takes very little time. My patterns are just “suggestions…so I don’t always transfer the whole design, just part and hand draw the rest on the linen. Because I like the look of “hand drawn” imperfections (or maybe the result of a disordered and scatty mind!!!!!!!!) I try to make the motifs a bit different even if the rug has a mirror image design.
Have you hooked this wonderful antique “Welcome” rug? A terrific way to use up extra woolworms!!! This is my version, done several years ago! Happy Hooking! Sunnie 🙂