Ann Hermes at Notes From the Quilt Lab blog. (She got the idea from Sheryl at Temecula Quilt Co.) The above link takes you to Ann's tutorial. I loved the idea, but didn't want to put holes all over my walls. This stayed on the back burner of my brain for months. I wanted the look, but not the holes.
Since I practically keep "Command Hooks" in business, I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Finally it occurred to me to hang the yardsticks in small Clear Command Hooks, rather than putting a nail through them.
After measuring where I want to hang the yardsticks, I mark where I want the two Command hooks to go--an inch or two (or three) in from each end of the yardstick. I measure down from the ceiling, or use a carpenter's level, if needed, to make sure the two hooks are at the same height.
After placing the clear hooks...
See how invisible the hooks are? And no holes in the wall!
The important thing is that the Command hooks allow the yardstick to rest away from the wall enough for the clip hooks to fit over them.
In Ann's method, she used felt pads behind the yardstick, and put the nail right through them. I thought it was brilliant, but, again, I didn't want the holes.
This is what they look like. (At this writing they were $.83 each.)
So when I was in Jo~Ann one day looking for more Command Hooks, I wandered a little farther down the aisle and came upon these in the drapery hardware.
On May 4, 2016 I was in my local Jo~Ann store and all of these hooks were on clearance--there were only a few bags remaining. On the website they were still listed, but were "not available". No one could tell me if they were getting in a comparable replacement product, but I will keep you posted. There is probably something similar available at other stores with drapery departments, but the coupons at Jo~Ann have made these a great way to go.
Update Jan. 2017: Jo~Ann did get in a substitute product that will do the job, but at my local store (one of the smaller ones) they don't carry the colors I used to buy. I have found what I wanted on Amazon. I have to buy larger packages, but the price per clip is even better, and I order them when I am buying enough other things that I qualify for free shipping.
The difference between the two packages is mostly in the price. There are 10 hooks in each package. In the pack on the left they are attached to heavy rings. This package lists for $9.99. In the package on the right, the hooks are attached to kind of a figure 8, and this package lists for $8.99. The drapery hardware is often 50% off at Jo~Ann, so if you buy the kind on the right, that is $4.50 for 10 hooks, or $.45 each--and no shipping.
This gives you a clearer picture of the two types of hooks at Jo~Ann. I do sometimes purchase the pack that is a dollar more (or $.50 more at half off), when they don't have the color I want in the other style. (That is another advantage over the hooks from Ackfeld--those come in one color only!) The hooks from these two packages are the same--the difference is the hardware they hang from, and the price, of course.
A Word Of Caution: The last bag of hooks I just purchased at Jo~Ann (August 2014) had hooks that were structured a little differently. I bought the more expensive ones on the large rings to get the color I wanted, but when I took them out of the bag, this is what I found.
See how there is more of a crook on the end of the hook wire? They are not usually this bent. I tried to straighten them with needle-nose pliers. It worked on one, broke the hook off entirely on another (not a bad thing), but was unsuccessful on a couple more. I don't want this hook scratching my walls. I have purchased several bags of these hooks and this is the first I have seen like this. Check out the bag before purchasing! I wish I had, but since I had never encountered this before, I didn't know I needed to!
Well, that is all I can think of to tell you. I want to thank Ann for sharing her gallery, and Sheryl for giving her the idea. Any questions?