Was asked how I bind my rugs ~ answer is many different ways depending on the look I want. Here are a few ways I've bound rugs:
- wool yarn whipped over cording
- wool fabric over cording and continued on back as binding
- Wool strip bound edge
- cotton binding tape
- twill or cotton fabric binding
- Betsy Reed primitive binding
Here is a picture of the Birthday Lion being bound. The linen has been serged at the edge to protect from ravel and was cut away at about 1" away from the last row of hooking as cotton binding tape is only 1 1/4" wide. Then wool yarn is gently stitched from the outer edge to the edge of binding tape.
Sometimes I don't want the added color or texture change beyond the last loop pulled. So the Primitive Horse rug I didn't want wool whipped edge, crochet edge or braided edge either. This is to be a primitive rug so used wool I'd dyed in a black walnut bath some months ago. Wanted it to look like it had a faded and scuffed edge from wear ~ it's an antique replication.
While purging my cottons I found this perfect match so cut strips wide enough to double. Sewed the raw edges together first then stitched close to the last row of hooking. Sure would have been easier to do if I'd sewn it on before hooking.
Plus, this binding is a tad wider so protects more of the foundation's edge.
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