I've been rather busy cutting grass (uh, mowing the leaves) and yes raking some too but suffice it to say most of my time today has been spent doing less desirable tasks than hooking or finishing rugs.
BUT, not to let you newbies down, here is the next installment of binding my Long Island Farm rug using the cotton rug binding method.
If you read the previous post you saw that I did some sewing around the perimeter of the design 1" or so beyond the last hooked row. After which I trimmed the excess off.
Then I mitre the corners of the foundation (backing) so it will lay flat. Yes, just a primitive stitch, but it works well enough and the stitches will be hidden with the binding tape.
Then I use a wool yarn to whip stitch the edge closest to the last hooked row. I start with a little rug tape extended a little beyond the corner. Since it looks better with mitred corners that is where I like to start. Some people like to start on the side of the rug. But each rug hooker has his or her desired style. This picture looks like the variegated wool yarn is pink but it appears red in real light.
This not the only way to bind a rug and it is also not the only way I HAVE BOUND a rug.
Have a great evening and if any newbies have questions they'd like me to talk about, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.