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Day 1232 Hit and Miss Corner on the Room Sized Rug

This entry is part 34 of 35 in the series Room Sized Rug
Rug Hooking border on large rug

Turning the corner on hit and miss hooked rug border

The past two days at Sauder Village have exhausted me but I sure got a lot done- about 24 hours of hooking over two days. I hooked all the hit and miss on the left hand side and the corner. The little bit of empty area is now filled in. I took this picture earlier in the day yesterday. I’m glad I did because by the end of the day, I did not have the energy to spread the rug out one more time. I also hooked three rows around the entire rug. This set up the entire hit and miss area so it can be hooked at any time.

I hooked the corner on the right some time ago without any planning. I didn’t want to hook a typical mitered corner. What if I did a sort of woven corner? The idea was good, the execution was not so good. I’ve learned in the past that I need to just jump in and try an idea even if it is not perfect. Often during the execution, I figure out a better way. If nothing else, I figure out what does not work and this corner did not work for me.

Corner detail on hooked rug

For the second corner I planned it a bit more. Still no measuring, just eyeballing. I divided the area into bands and them wove them together. Sounds simple? It took me over an hour of fiddling with scraps of paper to get the overlaps to line up just right on the miter. Thanks for the tape idea, Chris. What added to the complexity of the layout is the fact that the two edges are not the same size but I still wanted a 45 degree angle.  More a problem of concentration than anything else.  Once I got the layout, the hooking fell into place.  I like this corner.

pamThe hook-in was a welcome relief from the winter.  Seeing old friends and making new ones was even better.  This is Pam, my long-time roommate for all events at Sauder Village.  We had a great time, but that’s not unusual.  I always enjoy the time we spend together.

The dates for next year: February 3-4, 2012, a Friday and Saturday.  We stayed Friday and Saturday night and then drove home during the daylight on Sunday.  Several of the girls came in on Thursday, lounging by the pool and hot tub in the evening after a day of antiquing.  Sauder will post details on their website as the date nears for next year. I took a quick video of the event. Not really much sound, but it will give you a feel for what it was like. I should have taken it in the evening after everyone warmed up. You would have heard a LOT more laughing and carrying on.

Day 1223 Hooked Rug Border Evaluation

This entry is part 33 of 35 in the series Room Sized Rug

When I am hooking something new for the first time, I just jump in and try a few things. With this rug’s border, I wanted to hook in some more red. So I added red to the largest element, the big scroll like motif. I added a line of gold around the outside similar to what I did with the large scroll, except I only put it on one side.
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Day 1200 Border Design Finalized on Room Sized Rug

This entry is part 31 of 35 in the series Room Sized Rug

3 years, 3 months and 12 days. When I did the calculations I was horrified to find out that it has been 1200 days since I started this rug. The past two years have not seen much progress for many reasons, but partly because I was not completely satisfied with any of my possible border designs.

Inspiration for rug hooking, especially borders can be found anywhere. I found this carving at one of the museums in New York City. Unfortunately, I did not document it. It is one of those designs that keeps pulling me back. I decided to see if I could modify it as a border for this rug.

One of the problems is that the two sides are different sizes. I needed to redraw the pattern twice, once to fit the long side and another to fit the short side. Then I had to figure out a way to make the corners mesh. Some experimentation with a lot of taping and cutting finally reveled a solution. Luckily after doing some testing by printing out full sized patterns, I was able to bend and stretch the design enough so it fit perfectly on both sides. Next I had to transfer the pattern to the backing. This took three days of tugging and pulling and back breaking tracing. Because the design is complicated, I needed to color in some of the areas so I could keep the shapes straight.  I left some of the corner area blank.  I’ll figure that out later.

Final border on hooked rug designI still have a lot of excess backing so I’ll roll up the sides and stitch them in place with yarn.  I did this in the beginning but I had to undo them in order to transfer the pattern.  By stitching up the sides, I will not have to struggle with the excess fabric getting in my way while I am hooking.  This method has worked better for me than clamps.  I’ll roll it once, stitch it down, roll it again and stitch again.  This way I can just rip out one pass and unroll the backing but the rest of it will still be stitched up.  It is one of those things that will take longer now, but will make the hooking more pleasant later.

Now I can finally answer the most asked question:

How big will this rug be? 8′ x 10’4″

Here’s the rug in place.  It is obvious that I have less than 1/2 of it hooked, but I feel like I’ve made huge progress.  Settling on the final border design was more difficult than the hooking will be.  I just had to give it time.  Who knew it would take almost 2 years to figure that out.  Now let’s see how fast I can get it hooked.

Room sized wool hooked rug

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