Tis sad but true that I'm still binding Oh Deer. The excuse is that I've been extremely busy drawing patterns.
There are numerous ways to bind rugs and I've tried most except for the braided and crochet edge method, perhaps one day I'll try those techniques. Usually my plan is to hurry and get the undesirable task done quickly. But when at Barb's last month decided to see how she bound Sante Fe Crossing. AH HA! I'd forgotten about that method even tho I had used that techique before it had been a while.
Barb shows the method in her booklet "The Secrets of Primitive Hooked Rugs". In this picture you can see that I'm whipping yarn to the edge of the cotton binding close to the last hooked row. Then when that is done I'll tack down the edge facing the inside back of the rug. Look how well the colors match the wool.
This whipping will not extend beyond the last row of hooking but rather will lay beneath the rug and just under the last row. As you can see it is a varigated colored skein of yarn and all the colors work well with the rug.
In the picture below you can see the skein of yarn and how well it goes with the wool colors in the rug. Yeah, it is color sensory overload with the plaid of the sofa, the hooked foot stool, yarn and Oh Deer, but you get the idea and understand how lucky a find the yarn was.
And here is the pile of patterns that has been keeping busy again. Just as it a appeared that I was done this morning, .....not so . Before these were boxed up I received an order for 3 new designs which I enlarged and have since drawn up 2 of the 3. I'll save the last one to draw out tomorrow over coffee and ship.
Meanwhile, I'm having a bad case of the shakes and think I'll start hooking on the new project tonight. Won't have much to show since I've wool to cut but it's a thrill to have something to look forward to hook again. No wonder I like having more than one project going. Both my rugs are done and there is nothing fun.... only binding. Time to change that.
Have a great evening and thanks for visiting me. For any newbie hookers, please feel free to write me with questions. Don't know that I'll know all the answers but I know that I've been where you are right now and can help you thru that.