Thursday, January 28, 2010

By the skin of my teeth

I just pulled the last loop on the "Blossoms and Butterflies" rug. The last half hour of hooking was a little tense. The background color strips were getting dangerously low in the bag. With every new strip I pulled from the bag I thought ....."what if I run out.......I hate to pull out and re-adjust....I don't want to buy another piece for a few inches...." As the exposed linen space began to shrink, I started to think I just might make it.......

Whoopie.....I pulled the last loop and had 2 strips left about 6 inches long each. Can you believe it???

Sorry, but no completed picture yet. I'm still trying to decide on my finishing method. I like the idea of framing it but have never done that before. I would love to hear from any of you who have framed a rug before.

There is fairly high stakes involved here. A teeny tiny competition that I MUST win. As I mentioned before, this rug is going in a charity auction. Last year my friend Terri's husband donated one of his paintings and I donated a rug. My rug sold for more than his painting. (insert Cheer here) Ever since then we have had a hilarious rivalry. Terri says he is driving her crazy. LOL I would hate to lose my title!! Sooooo, the finishing method I choose is very important.
The pride and bragging rights for all hookers is at stake girls!!!!


  1. Mom says the same as I, just staple it in the wooden frame.

    Stop in over the weekend, I'm here.

  2. Hi Kim,

    Thanks for checking in with me..isn't nerve wracking when you're down to your last couple of strips and simply praying that you'll finish?!!! Been there more than once. I would suggest professional framing, or if you can find the right frame....just sticking it in there and backing with maybe heavy duty cardboard and wool or fabric over that. Flea markets can be an excellent source of cheap and interesting frames.

  3. Kim,
    I can't wait to see it! I have been drooling (lol) over it since I saw you first post on it!I have been hooking slowly ... I did get my gripper frame and love it. Hope to show some of my work for critiquing this weekend.
    Stay warm ...