I ordered this book last week.
Because you see, I don’t know how to finish a rug.
Well, I know how to finish a rug. But I don’t know how to “finish” a rug.
Many of my pieces have been framed. And those that I haven’t framed I have simply sewn a backing onto. My reason for this has always been two-fold: to protect the back of the piece from snags etc.
And because….I leave my tails down.
I know. Shocking. I can hear the gasps from where I am sitting.
I know that it is not “cool” in the rug hooking world to leave your tails down. Every book I have ever read in fact has emphasized that tails MUST be left up. (Well, I do remember reading in one book that it didn’t really matter whether they are up or down. I can’t for the life of me remember which book it was, but I do remember at the time thinking HA! what I am doing is ok!).
I leave my tails down because that is what I have always done. And, I do all of my pieces with yarn, not wool strips. If you trim anything on the front of a piece done with yarn, it splays the yarn and it becomes very obvious that you have trimmed on the front. So, I leave those tails safely and firmly on the back.
The downside to this? I don’t have a pretty back to my pieces. I don’t have those backs where you could turn it over and display the back instead of the front (though I have also never been tempted to hang a piece backwards so maybe it doesn’t matter so much?).
But on the “orange” piece that I am working on, I have decided that I don’t want to frame it for various reasons. And I don’t want to put a fabric backing on it. So, it is time to learn how to “finish” a rug.
The book looks fabulous! It goes into so many finishing techniques. I love that it has very detailed instructions and lots of photos. Right now I am eyeing the crochet technique because, well, I like to crochet and I think it might look cool. I may, of course, start with this technique and then change my mind. What I do know is that I am about to enter that previously mysterious world known as “finishing” (well, at least for this one piece. Then I will likely promptly return to frames…)
I’ll keep you posted on how this goes…