Since my friend, Maria (Star Rug Co.) mentioned that I showed her how to make these circles and work them into her hooking, I've had several inquiries on how it's done. So I've put together a simple tutorial on how to.
To work it in with your hooking start with strips cut the width that you'll be hooking with. Simply roll up the strip to resemble a jelly roll.
Wind it up tightly. Two different colors work well together for a different look. Just lay them together and wind them up.
Once the circle is the size you want, thread a needle and sew the circle by going through it back and forth, like the spokes on a wheel. This secures the circle and keeps it from falling apart.
Next sew the circle in place directly onto your rug hooking backing.
Now simply do your hooking around the circle.
Next are a few photos where I've used this technique. Maria has used them as spots on her lamb and dog. It's just a fun way to add another texture to your hooking. If you try it, send me a photo and I'll share it for the others to see. Have fun!