Before leaving for Tennessee, I started this little oval mat. I've never hooked an oval mat such as this before, and started on the outer edge. After getting the first four rows done, I took a good look at it off the frame. I didn't like what I saw. The exposed inner linen was wonky and not lying flat. I wasn't sure if I should proceed, but decided what the heck. That was a lot of hooking to tear out.
I have found that hooking in DSO's Honda Pilot is easy, and since it is a larger SUV, I have plenty of room . . . and thankfully he does not have a problem with the wool dust.
There is even a built in snippet bowl in the door 😁
I got lucky because it ended up ok. In fact, it lay perfectly flat before I even steamed it. But . . . by the time I got to the center, I no longer had oval rows. They ended up being rectangles. Not exactly what I wanted, but no way am I reverse hooking any of it!!! Friend Heidi, who also teaches, says that I should have started in the center and worked my way out. The finished size is about 15" x 19".
Here are some of the ties I will be using for the "tongues". They all belonged to my older brother and the mat will be a birthday gift for his long time significant other, Lyn. Her birthday is the 24th of this month. She
may will be getting this a few days late.
My brother spent his career at Nordson Corporation, and I think it is so cool I can even incorporate his Nordson ties.