Sunday, January 24, 2010

God & the devil

Some say “The devil is in the details,” meaning solutions break down when you examine them closely enough. Some say “God is in the details,” meaning opportunities for discovery and creativity come from digging into the details. 

I’ve jumped in and hooked a rug where many of the elements come off of the borders of the rug like this flower petal.  Sounded good at the time!

This has forced me to toss and turn at night trying to figure this out get creative and figure out exactly how I’m going to bind this rug.  I’ve asked questions on several rug hooking forums and have had many thoughtful answers.  One answer that stuck in my mind was that I needed to use cloth that was cut on the bias, so that it would ease around the odd shaped pieces.  Yeah, that will be easy!

I researched on how to do this and found a few helpful articles HERE and HERE.  Okay, so that is NOT going to happen! I’m good at advanced math, I mean, I got through nuclear physics, but this would make me pull out my hair, that’s taken me so long to grow out anyway….there’s got to be an easier way!  My next thought was to just go to Etsy and find some great pre-made bias binding.  There is a lot of it out there, and it’s cute! I mean just LOOK at all the pre-made bias binding there is on Etsy!  Pretty incredible really!

But, what if I get the color and it’s not quite right?  Or what if I need MORE and they don’t have any MORE?!  It’s things like this that make me crazier than a s**t-house rat!

So, I went with this…  Wrights double-fold bias tape quilt binding.My thought was that black is always a good binding color because your eye just places it in the background and it usually does not compete with your rug.  Plus it’s right up the street from my house at Hancock’s and I can always run up there and get more and I can get it now and get started.

I chose a really thin cotton cording… thin, I’m not sure, but it is REALLY thin.  My thinking is that it will be skinny enough to go around all the petals that stick off from the rug.

I also liked the double fold bias binding because it had these creases that were just perfect to sew the cording into. Choirs sing!

I did just that.

I’ve started hand-sewing the binding around the rug…..that is going okay, I love hand-sewing…..NOT!  but I’m starting to see the devil in some of the details to come….I’ll keep you posted as things progress.


  1. What a great idea! I'm going to cord around current rug, which is an oval. Will probably need a second lesson on that.

  2. Wow! You definitely are a 'thinker'~ I'm cording around a little rug right now ~ it makes a nice finish! Good luck ~ your 'outside the box' rug is gonna be a knockout!!

  3. Hmmmm... there certainly is a lot of thought needed for this rug! I'm thinking your on the right track for the binding... I'm very intrigued to see how those petals look after binding! I'm SO glad you have the energy and bravery to try this new stuff! :-) I usually stay in my comfortable chicken mode... LOL! ;-)