A history of these mats can be found by googling ' Grenfell ' mats.
Here as promised a few hints . . .on
How to Hook with NYLONS or (Pantyhose)
Nylons can be hooked in any direction and into any type of design you want . The Greenfell-style mats are usually hooked in straight rows horizontally.
Nylons can be dyed easily –just as wool . . . . same methods. Small pyrex dishes covered with saran wrap and a hole pricked in top. . . .. zapped in a microwave are what I liked to use.
As with all hooking there are always different ways to hook with the fibre you have chosen.
I will try to discribe here what worked for me.
Use a good sharp pair of scissors and jewellery tweezers are helpful to pull your loops and organize them neatly.
1. Cut your panty hose horizontally across the legs about ½’’ wide – giving you circles.
2. When ready to hook the circle- Pull stretched it and it gets narrower –sort of like a #3 cut in wool.
3. Snip circles once to get a strip . . .the edges will roll in towards the right side of the material . .
NOTE* therefore if you dye the nylons put them inside out and then dye!
4. Hook in almost every hole . . .pull the strip up higher than you would normally . . .. as it is stretchy and shrinks back down after it is hooked.
. . .remember that for smooth hooking the rolls of strip will be on the underneath side of loop.
Grenfell mats were finished with the ends to the underneath side of mat but there really is no need to do this.
-Bring ends to the top as with wool strips. Remembering that tweezers can help to adjust and shape loops once they are hooked !