I've started pulling wool and the strange thing is that once my next pattern was decided and drawn on linen a bundle of wool fell off the shelf. You wouldn't believe the luck, but it was the perfect color for some of this design and it fell by a fluke. That would be the dulled mottled red color you see in the pile to the right of the stripe. That stripe will be my exterior holding line all around the perimeter of the design....uh, I'm thinking. The blue, over dyed cream and white/tan cream worms will also be used. Frankly would like to use reds and blues out of my worm bags also to give it the aged look.
First the pattern was drawn on linen and where you see those dashes and dots is where the background coloration was on the original antique. That will be to guide me for that delightful discoloration in antique rug backgrounds I find so endearing.
Then another line was drawn 1/4" from the edge of the design for me to attach my binding even before binding. Also, drew another line 1" away from the edge of the rug design where the protective stitching will take place.
The protective stitching was done first at the 1" away from the design. As it will be a narrow runner for my harvest table and have no desire to enlarge the pattern or the border I did the two rows of straight sewing then a zig zag row between those straight stitched rows to connect and protect the edge when the excess is cut away.Next I sewed on this cotton stripe as the binding fabric. Remember, this is NOT intended for the floor so it should be great as it will blend in with the colors of the border plus it looks faded and olden. Besides, the wool chosen for the holding line will work great as the 'middle man' (er woman) between the cotton and hooked border.
Sadly I'm not starting to hook this baby yet as Magdalena's Olde Ducks need to be completely hooked first. Not bound immediately I'm sure, but at least all hooked. Just had to do something in preparation of the new rug on my frame.
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Have a great Saturday evening everyone.