I have completed my rug "Primitive Pears" from Woolenmemories.net. While there are many ways to finish the edge of your hooked rug, all mine have what is known as a show binding.
A show binding is a 3 inch wide strip of wool that is sewn up against the last row of hooking, then flipped to the back side and whip stitched to the backing. Here is my method:
Then, I take the serged edge and fold it only halfway and finger press along one side. Then I fold it one more time up along the last row of hooking. I use the point of my iron to press it flat. I do only one side of the rug at a time before moving to the next side, and I usually start in the MIDDLE of each side and fold to each corner to help it stay nice and flat. Remember to start in the MIDDLE when you are folding up.When you are done folding out to one corner, then return to the MIDDLE and fold up towards the other corner.
Once this edge is nice and flat, I then pin it in place. I do this around each side of the rug,
leaving only the corners open. This folded edge will give you the appearance of piping or a corded edge, without having to insert,or sew, any cording.
In the next photo, you can see the points of the corners left unpinned. I stop about 1 inch before the corner.
I have selected and cut 3 inch wide strips for my binding and have joined them by sewing diagonally just as you do for bias trim. I measured the distance around my rug and added about 8-10 inches.
I press the seam open and then trim to leave about 1/4" inch seam.
I then lay my wool binding right side DOWN on top of the right side of my rug and match up the edge of the wool with the outside edge of my folded backing. Then I take my needle that has been threaded with TWO lengths of thread that I have knotted at the end and begin to ladder stitch right up against the last row of hooking. Be sure to leave at least a 5 inch tail dangling free so that you can join it to the very end of the binding once you have sewn all the way around.
Sometimes people panic when they get to the corners, but they are not hard. Remember when we left the points in the corners in this photo?
If you measure about 1/2 inch back from the point of the corner on each side, and then clip straight across , this will give you a blunt edge. You can then fold this straight up (halfway) and then make a tiny fold once again to touch the last row of hooking, and then continue sewing and binding right around that corner.
When you have sewn about 85% of the wool binding around the edge, you will need to take a few moments and calculate the joining of the ends. I usually pin the tail around to where it will be joining the beginning, so that I can take it to my machine to make the final seam. You could also make the final seam by hand if you wish. Some prefer that to trying to sew it on their machine. You can now finish the final portion of attaching the binding.
After the sewing is completed, you are ready to flip the binding to the back side and pin in place. I usually am adjusting as I go to be sure the correct amount of binding is showing at the edge all around the rug. Once pinned correctly, I then give it a light pressing to make it lay down a bit before whipstitching the binding to the backing of the rug.I do not turn under the edge of the wool as it does not ravel and will lay flatter.
Once whipstitched, I give the entire rug a good steaming and leave it to rest laying flat for a day or two.
It is now ready to begin serving mandatory "Beauty Duty" in my home. No rolled up rugs allowed in the closets here. Everyone has a job in my house and these gals get to bring me joy every day by being out where I can see them or walk on them.
Yep, "Beauty Duty" is mandatory around this military household !