>Part 8:Braided rug butted ends, the end

>Sorry so long in posting this.

  1. The last round is braided while not attached to the rug. Safety pin three strands of material together — see picture below.imgp7921
  2. Just start doing a normal braid.imgp7923imgp7924
  3. When you have enough braid then some to go all the way around the rug, place a safety pin near the edge of the rug. This is to wind your lacing cord around (see photo) that will be used to tie a knot when you stitch all the way around. imgp7925imgp7926
  4. Attach lacing cord to needle. imgp7927
  5. Start stitching braid to main body of the rug. Leave about 2 to 3 inches of the beginning of the braid not stitched down. Also do not start where you taped the last row.imgp7928imgp7929imgp7930
  6. When you get to the taper, see photo for to how to handle the small parts of the braid; they mainly get skipped. imgp7960
  7. Then continue stitching it down ’till you get within about 5 inches of your starting point.imgp7961
  8. Overlap ends of the braid, line up colors and place safety pins where they match up in color and in number of loops left on inside of rug. Needle is pointing to where my first twist is of the first braid; the next braid needs to match and end here, too.imgp7962
  9. You may need to have one or two more twists on the braid being attached to get the patterns to line up. Just your basic increase when stitching. The left side of this braid will be stitched down. Then sewn to the starting point of this braid. The right side of the braid (the side on the right of the safety pins) will be cut off.imgp7964
  10. Leave one strand long to use to weave at the endimgp7965
  11. Unbraid a little and match up the colors to their counter parts with the beginning and end of the rug, and safety pin two sets of strands together. Then stitch those two as well; I do this by hand, but you may use a machine if you want to.imgp7966
  12. This part is kind of hard to explain — you weave the two that are stitched back and forth while weaving the third loose strand into it to reform the braid.
  13. Match the last loose strand, pull it tight and stitch the two together by hand. imgp7967
  14. Then go back to lacing the rug together all the way to the end. That is ’till the two ends of the lacing cord meet at the beginning of your work. Tie knot. Sorry bad photo. imgp7968
  15. weave in ends for about an inch or two away from knotimgp7969
  16. Repeat last row 1 or 2 more times so you have two or three butted rows.imgp7970imgp7971
  17. All done with the rug, now find a home for itbraided rug from tutorial

Part 1: Prep work and cutting fabric
Part 2: Sewing the strips together & forming reels
Part 3: Starting a t-started rug
Part 4: How to start a round rug, apple peel style
Part 5: Sewing and increases / tools
Part 6: How to change colors
Part 7: Ending in a taper/hemostat tool
Part 8: Butting last rows for a smooth finish

>rug groups on flickr I admin for


hand made rugs. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Rag Rugs (Braided or Crocheted ONLY Please). Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>Part 7: Ending in a taper/hemostat tool

>Well, finally part 7 of the rug tutorial. In this part you will need to have a hemostat; you can get these at most medical supply stores or your family doctor. This tool aids in pulling the tails into the rug when finishing your last round before the two butted rows.

hemostat used in finishing a rug

When you have braided the rug to the length you want, cut the braid.


Unbraid the last 12 inches of the braid,


then trim each piece of the braid. Trim both sides so that they tapper down to a point. I am showing, also, that you are not supposed to use one that has a seam in the middle of it because it makes it hard to braid one so skinny that has a seam. My other two do not have a seam in them; that is the preferred way.


Pull each stand of the braid and fold the sides over and whip stitch closed. I am using blue for the tutorial; please make your thread match the color of your fabric. Do this to all three strands of the braid


Here I braided them together, so you can see how the braid gets skinnier now. However, this is not needed for braiding the rug, so I have to un-braid this part and continue with tutorial.


See above photo where the linen cord is coming out of the rug; this is where we will pick up on our rug. The hemostat in the below photo shows where the green strand is going to be woven into the rug.


This next picture shows the hemostat going through the space between the braids to pull the green strand into the rug.


Here it is being pulled through.


Repeat ’till it has gone through about 5 to 7 loops on the rug


When you have it as far as you want to in weaving it in, cut it close to the rug and make sure the tail is tucked in and not visible.


Now do a few apple peels to get to the next color to be woven in; in this case, the red.


Repeat with the last color. After you are done, make sure and check to see if your ends are cut close enough not to be seen. As you can tell, I need to tuck the red one in or cut it closer. To cut closer, grab hemostat, pull on it hard, and cut below hemostat then let the strand pull back into the rug.


Remember that linen cord that is holding the rug together up ’till this point? Well, now you have to weave its tail into the rug, as well. This is much easier to do than the strands from the braid. Just insert your needle into the next loop and go under about 5 loops this way, then make a u-turn and go under about 3 to 5 in the opposite direction; cut the thread and you’re done with this step.


Part 1: Prep work and cutting fabric
Part 2: Will be about sewing the strips together and forming reels
Part 3: About starting a t-started rug
Part 4: How to start a round rug, apple peel style
Part 5: Sewing and increases / tools
Part 6: How to change colors
Part 7: Ending in a taper/hemostat tool
Part 8: Butting last one or two rows of the rug for a smooth finish

>Another Braided rug


sils rug in progress

I hope to post the last two rug tutorials today (but I may only get one done) since I have a day off, which only happens every now and again. I posted a little bit of this rug on the post about tatting. I am making it for my SIL who watches my kids almost everyday while I am at work. She is a great blessing to me and my family. I don’t think she truly knows how much I appreciate what she does. Sometimes (lots of times) my schedule at work gets changed at the drop of a hat and I never know from 1 hour to the next how long my shifts will be; she rolls pretty good with the punches. I just wish this wasn’t the case because I am sure it is a large intrusion on her family. This rug is about three feet across at the moment; not all the braids are stitched together, so this is an estimate. It will be 5 feet across like the last one when done. There are two shades of red in this rug, it isn’t a camera trick; there will probably be a few more before I am done because the red keeps running out, while the black and brown haven’t yet.

>Tatting Callenge 14 & 15/rug



I have not done tatting in a while so I thought I would post it today. This is also one of those things I do while my husband drives the first and last parts of our daily commute. The pattern is 3 picot term 5 joins at first and last picot.I am doing these for the 25 motif tatting challenge this really has been a challenge for me to work this into my life so I have done simple patterns I wanted to do more complex but life is to complex at times and I just needed easy mental release when tatting lately. As you can tell from the photo I just started one and one has about 5 yards thus far. I have more of both of these vintage threads somewhere in my stash so I may dig more out after I run out of this thread to add to the length of these edgings. The red shuttles a gift to me by a friend on the internet. I think that is sweet of her this is my first time using them I am trying to get use to their quirks every new tool has quirks some good some bad still figuring these out.
If you like tatting also check out the mad tatter group on flickr.

Also in the top of this photo you can see the start of another project a red black and brown rug for my sister in law. I know she reads this blog this is not a surprise to her.

The other rug is done I just haven’t had a chance to edit photos and make the tutorial yet. But here is a picture of it for you all to see what it looks like. I hope my kids piano teacher likes it.

This rug is over 5 feet across I am standing on a tall chair with my arms as high as I can reach in the air trying to take this photo. It is a good thing my camera has a viewing monitor that pivots so I can do this.

>Update on braided rug


update on braided rug tutorial

The rug is about 4 rows from the next step in the tutorial. It is hard to tell in the photo, but it is almost five feet across now. The length of measuring tape that is extended beyond both sides of the rug shows five feet, my goal. So, I will be posting the last two tutorials in the round rug series very soon. This would have been done sooner, but as you noticed I had an absence with working, and commuting 20 hours a week and two holidays with crazy hours, 70-hour work weeks, a death in the family, and being sick on top of it all. It was all I could do to get up in the mornings lately. I think I am back on top of things. This should be done in the next 10 to 12 days.

>Progress on rug


33 inches across now

So far, the rug is about 32 inches across; when done, it should be about 60 inches. This rug, when completed, is a gift for my children’s piano teacher. It is hard to explain how nice of a person she is. Not only is she their teacher, she is my friend and a great lady. This is a thank you for everything she has done for my family over the years. Mrs. Bear-Hunter is a great lady, to say the least (that isn’t her real name, it’s just what my kids call her).

The item to the right is my braiding stand. It has gotten kind of wobbly from all the use I have given it. Any craft table will work to attach your braid clamp to. In time, I hope to make a better one. Sort of an over-grown crate with room to put my feet inside of it to balance it as I braid and with shelves to put my supplies on. The shelves would be inside the box right above my knees; this would be much better than what I have. I just thought you all might want to see this anyway because it is a tool I use religiously when braiding. Also notice you can use rubber bands instead of reel aids or safety pins; anything goes.

If you noticed in the photos, I have done a color change, actually three of them, white to cream, red to plaid red and medium khaki to a little darker khaki. It is hard to see where I changed the colors. If you do it the way I explained, it will be hard for others to see it, too. In the photo below, the color change is happening just above the needle and another to the left and up a little. If you want to find it, click on photo for a blow up. This is the back of the rug; they are harder to find on the front. But I stitch from the back when lacing, so I never see the front of the rug ’till I am all done and flip it over. The rug is reversible; I just like one side more than the other.

32 inches across

The colors are those in the piano teacher’s house. She knows she is getting this gift, and I wanted it to work with in her home, so she picked the colors.

Previous Older Entries