Monday, June 5, 2017

Binding ~

Several of you commented about my binding that I showed in the previous post.  For many years, I struggled getting the binding snuggled up to the last row of loops without any foundation showing.  After watching this video by the Old Tattered Flag, I find it much easier to do.  I still don't like to bind, but at least I'm not frustrated that the foundation is showing.  I generally use strips of wool instead of twill tape.  I like it better because I find it easier to work with and I can cut it as wide as I wish.  As a rule of thumb, I use about a 2" strip on small to mid-sized rugs.  On the large rug, my binding strips are about 2 1/2" wide.  You can use regular sewing thread, 2 strands of embroidery floss or I recently started using this thread.  I had purchased it many years ago from Kris Miller but never used it.  After finally binding with it, it is  now my go to thread.  It's strong and does not tend to tangle and knot. 

 Finally done ~ except for the label.
My original intention was to put this by my bed, but I think I am going to get brave and put it at the front door.  That's what they are for, right?  I have many rugs on the floor ~ but in low/no traffic areas :)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


NMK said...

This rug is beautiful !!! Will have to check out the video , using wool strips would look nice .

NMK said...

I just watched the video ...Love this way , using the same wool would be perfect too !!! Thank you !!! Now I have to start a hooked rug !!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
Your rug is just beautiful and I'm sure you must be very happy with it!! Yes, they ARE RUGS, but you are much braver than I am!! I would NEVER, EVER want anyone to wipe their
feet!! haha
Thanks for the info on your binding and the thread, too!!!
Hope you enjoy your week!
Heart Hugs~

Saundra said...

I also have that thread and love it. Have it in light and dark colors. Works like a dream.

Julia said...

Thanks for the the video. I've done wool edges on my rugs but I sew it on like the twill binding. It's easier to sew. I've used heavy thread and it works better, I agree.

Your rug looks fantastic. I have one to bind but it will have to wait.
Have a great week Lauren.

Smiles & hugs

Prims By The Water said...

Looks gorgeous, but I am not sure I could put it on a floor after putting a lot of work into making it. Janice

Farm Girl said...

I think you are such a genius!! Using wool for the binding. I have never thought of that. Not in a million years.
That is such a great idea. I wonder why its so hard to put our rugs on the floor? I just have shut my eyes and have done it. That was why I started hooking in the first place. :)It took a lot to put one in front of the front door. That is a beautiful rug Lauren.

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for sharing this info, but the video and the thread.
I do put my rugs on the floor but not by doorways..I put them by the kitchen sink, at the base of stairs, in front of a rarely used chair, etc.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Thanks for all the binding tips. Your rug is beautiful- it will get a lot of attention by visitors. People love to see hooked rugs. I'm glad you will put it to good use.

moosecraft said...

lol! Me too! I have one in front of a radio and the other in front on the TV cabinet... all the other ones are either on a wall or a table top... you'll probably never see a hooked rug by the kitchen sink in my house... lol!

Jennie in GA said...

I have one in my basement bathroom that gets lots of wear...and it is an old fave of mine. When it gets cruddy, I pop it in the washer on delicate, lay it out flat and let it dry . Can't tell you how many times I have washed it and it is as good as new, the linen is just not as stiff. Use your wonderful rug and enjoy it!!

Margaret said...

Beautiful finished rug! Yay! And I love your lion!!!