I’ve had a lot of emails and a few comments asking me what I do with my rugs after I finish them. The first one I did was the blue rug, early in 2009. That one was “commissioned” by my husband for our bedroom. So it was framed and hangs over the bed.
I found it rather expensive to frame the rugs so lately I’ve have been rolling the rugs carefully and storing them in the closet of the needlepoint room. But I can’t enjoy them that way, so for the Tunisian Rug, I added 3 rows of Basketweave around the edges so I could fold that back and hopefully make a wall hanging out of it.
I’ve been searching the web trying to find the best way to back the rug (if it needs it) and how to bind the edges. I’ve found several sites and ways to do this.
This first site gave brief overviews of each method to hang a rug or wall hanging. http://www.marlamallett.com/mounting.htm Using velcro isn’t an option for me. I don’t want to tack strips of wood on the walls of my home so that I can then velcro the rugs onto them. I was thinking something along the line of the casing or sleeve (like a quilt hanging). So I went on the search for more about that method.
These two links show other ways to bind edges as well.
I don’t want to use anything that has adhesive, like some rug binding tape. I’m afraid that it will hurt the canvas or the yarn over time. So I’ll probably use cotton twill binding tape. I’m not sure it needs a backing. A latch hook rug site says to use Monk’s cloth to back a rug. It’s cotton and won’t harm the silk and wool threads.
So here I am – trying to figure out what is best and how to go about it. Has anyone out there done this before? What did you use? Did you put a backing on the rug or wall hanging? Is it necessary? Any advice? All comments and suggestions are welcome.