Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Binding a Round Hooked Rug or Chairpad
It seems I have an endless supply of scrappy wool worms. So by just grabbing a bunch of random ones I made a hit and miss chairpad.
Once I finished hooking it and had pressed it with a lot of steam...I trimmed away the excess linen to about 1 inch all around.
Now I flipped it over and it's time to bind this one. Start by pinning on your twill tape and working it around. Fold in at an angle small little pleats and place the twill tape directly over the pleat and pin in place.
Now it's time to get your yarn and big eye needle out and start whipping it just like the post below except there won't be any corners.
Continue whipping around the entire piece and right before you reach the end fold back the twill tape just like in the previous post and place it on top of where you began and finish whipping. Notice the twill tape is a little full on top....well here is a new trick that I had never heard about until I took the class with Sally of Pine Island Primitives.
She told us about this but didn't have a rug to demo on...so today I gave it a try and wow it works! Once you are done with whipping the yarn take the top of the twill tape and pull one of the top threads....go slow it will begin to gather the twill tape. I broke a thread before I got it all around but on the 2nd thread I made it....remember go slow!
I sort of had to work the top of the twill tape and pull a little more. I did stop and pull from the other direction, too. I did not pull the thread completely out....It gently gathered the piece of twill tape. When I had it where I wanted it I just began sewing down the top of the tape with a needle and thread.
Look how nice and flat it lays...
Another view.....I love how easily it works to make it lay flat....Thanks to Sally for such a great tip.
For binding hooked pieces my favorite yarn to use is Cascade Yarns it's 100% Peruvian Highland Merino Wool the weight is 100 grams and comes in a tremendous variety of colors....it's also wonderful to double it and use it for rug punching.
Many thanks to all who have left such wonderful comments about the rug binding tutorial. I struggled for years on binding and now can honestly say I don't dread binding a rug.