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 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'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.

Happy Trails.....Ginger


moosecraft said...

Thank you once again! I have a bag full of leftover wool strips and 6 chairs that need pads! You make the binding look quick and easy!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Really great tip and tutorial Ginger, Thanks! Love the hit and miss :)

HomeSpunPrims said...

Wow Ginger, that's a pretty slick finishing tip! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Lori

Jaja said...

Thank you, I'm learning so much and do appreciate it. You are very talented!

Blessings, Jaja

Ronnie said...

Thank you for the info. on finishing a round rug. I'm hooking a chair pad similar to yours and info. is wonderful!

Nancee said...

It must be in the air...I too am hooking. Love this way to use those scraps! Beautiful.

Farm Girl said...

Well, I keep reading your tutorial over and over. I know I will get to the point where I won't be afraid of it, but as of yet, I just keep coming back. I really like how the round one turned out. My first rug was a round one and I wish I had a tutorial like that then.
I guess I need to quit reading and get binding. :)Thanks so much

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Ginger, Another great tutorial! Your hit n' miss colors are wonderful...very cheery! You sure do get lots done.
Thanks for sharing all these great tips.

mdgtjulie said...

What a great little rug. Thanks for showing me how you do it (and confusing me a little, lol). Can you tell I'm not a hooker?

Jennifer Stumpf said...

This is wonderful too! Thanks for sharing-- it's really a wealth of information and is heading for my pinterest list on rug hooking! And what a pretty little rug.

sandrasc said...

Wonderful tutorials on binding. And the rugs are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!