Sunday, June 4, 2017

EEK, I Almost Forgot

Yesterday late afternoon while hooking on the blackbird (crow, raven) thought I'd start hooking at the top and around the corners.  All of a sudden realized my pre-binding stitching wasn't done.  What a fiasco that would be with the size of this rug to do after it was all hooked.  So stopped hooking and worked a little more on wool whipping Magdalena's Goat.  Am SO hoping to finish that binding task tonight.

So first thing over coffee this morning was the sewing task.  From the edge I drew a line 1 1/8" away from what would be the last row of hooking.  Then did two rows of straight stitching 1/4" away from each other with a row of zig zag connecting the two rows.  This way it prevents the linen foundation from unraveling and I want to be sure the edges are secure.
Next I drew a 1/4" line from where the last row of hooking as a sewing guide on where to attach the fabric.  Yeah, I know, I know there is some controversy as to whether it should or shouldn't be done before the rug is finished.  I don't do it all the time unless I know for sure how it will be bound AND, no other changes will be made.
As I knew my plan of action I did make some changes so was good to go with sewing the binding fabric on.
If you notice at the very bottom I extended the length of the rug about another 2" for more separation between the last rung of the 'tree branches' and the bottom feather.  Plus wanted a somewhat larger feather ~ not that much larger but wanted it to have the same impact and bordering effect as the top bird and the side feathers.

As previously mentioned tonight will be wool whipping time with a glass of pinot noir ~ that should make the pain of the whipping a little more palatable don't ya think?

Happy Sunday.... the rain will visit here again after 10 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE:  My blogger friend Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) keeps me in check to ensure proper information is provided my readers.  

She suggested I post the dimensions of the pattern.  Actually, if the pattern is enlarged I've usually kept the size visible in the photos. However, for those of you who can't read thru the changes in the photo above or didn't notice the dimensions in the previous post, the original size was 35 X 43.  With the increase it will now be about 35 x 45.

It is great to have an editor who isn't on my payroll ~ thanks Lauren.   



  1. So is the binding is sewn on the drawn line or on the stitching lines? If on the drawn line do you hook over the stitching lines up to the sewn on binding?

    1. I will try to explain that in tomorrow's post.

  2. Did you tell us how big the rug is? I don't recall.
    With having sewn the binding on, this will be a breeze to finish. I have never done it.
    The rains missed us. We are getting to the point of needing it.
    Hugs :)

  3. I have only done that a couple of times and like it!!! So you sew 4 separate pieces, it looks like,,,, instead of all one piece of binding? Love the idea of no whipping!! Looking good! Thanks for sharing,,,,,

  4. I've never sewed the binding like you do. It must save you a lot of time. That Lauren is a sharp one. She doesn't miss a thing.

    We had rain just about every day with a mixture of sun so grass and weeds are growing fast but my garden still needs planting.

    I started on a challenge rug finally. I hope to have it finished by July 31st.

    Warm smiles & hugs.

  5. Hi Saundra,
    So happy you remembered to do your stitching, but even without it being totally hooked, I'm sure it was a challenge to move around on the sewing machine!! Love that big black bird! Crow? Raven? Blackbird? Wish you could send us some of that rain!! 108 here today!!!
    Thanks for keeping us up to date on your rug progress!!
    Enjoy your week!
    Heart Hugs~


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