POKED STEAMED AND PINNED.
Ah, the process of finishing a punch-hooked rug! Poking, steaming, pinning, hemming...I did a second steaming last night to uncurl the border. I spent the morning cutting off yarn ends, then poking the motifs to get them to be where they are supposed to be. Then I pinned up the hem (second photo below) and will be starting to stitch it tomorrow. The first photo gives a good preview of what it will look like when it's done. Once I finish the hem, it will get one final good steaming...and that will be it.
I really enjoyed doing this rug. Too bad I have no place to put it! It's 6' x 3'. This is a bad photo on my sketchily-painted studio flooring:
"That's all there is; there isn't anymore."
"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on."
I think I'm astonished that I'm this close to finishing. I began dyeing the yarn for the rug in November; it took about 35-40 individually hand-dyed skeins. I began punching in early February, and am hoping to finish it (the hemming part) this week or next week. I love both punching and traditional rug hooking, but I could never have finished traditionally hooking a rug this size in that amount of time.
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society