As promised here is the final installation of attaching covered
cording to your rug.
I like to use upholstery thread or button and craft thread….something
that is a bit heavier and won’t break when you tug on it.
Starting from the back of the rug, I insert my threaded needle into the
back of a loop like this…..
When doing this, it lets the knot catch on
the wool and the wool holds the knot in place
Now that you have your knot, guide your
threaded needle through the backing, right up next
to your hooking like so…
Here you can see it coming up from the “right”
side of the rug…..
Now just bring your needle into the “ditch” of your
Now that the needle is through, I think you can see
the “ditch” more easily in this picture…
Now I’m just taking the needle, and going back
down through the front side of the ditch and bringing
it back through the backing…..again, you are going through
the wool and then in between the hooking and the backing,
but getting it as close to the hooking as possible.
Now just go over a few spaces and come back up through
your backing and into the ditch again…..
you just keep doing this over and over….
I take smaller stitches on the front side and longer stitches
on the back side….see how closely
the cording is up next to the rug?
Here is a picture from the back side.
I think it really helps to pinch your cording right up next
to the hooking when you are sewing the cording on. Yes,
your hands might get a little tired, but it’s worth it and it
actually goes pretty fast once you get started.
Don’t forget to pull those stitches TIGHT!
Now you’ve made it all the way around the rug….and you need
to attach your cording together…..
you might need some little scissors or a seam ripper to take out a little
bit of the seamed cording.
(thought I might throw in this little picture
so you could see the “ditch” the yellow machine
stitched seam and my hand-stitches in the darker
Here you can see how closely the cording is sewn
to the rug…..
Above, I’m pulling the attached cording back from the rug….
folks, I’m telling you this is sewn up tightly next to the rug!
Okay, on with how to get the cording pieced together.
Like I said, you might have to rip out part of the seam of your
covered cording so you can see both ends of the cording. Obviously the ends
are going to have to be cut down, so they will be able
to match up with each other.
Make sure you tape them with masking tape before you cut, to keep
the ends from fraying.
So after a little taping and snipping, here is what I have…..
They still don’t quite match up do they?
Let’s do a little more snipping……
AHA! They match up….now let’s tape that together
with a little more masking tape!
Now you might have to trim your wool on the cording a
little bit, you want one part lying inside of the other part.
Yeah, like I told you….I’m really technical…..
NOT! I’ll let the picture do the talking……
Now, you have to continue stitching just as you did
before, but you won’t have that sewn “ditch” to guide you…
you have to picture it in your mind and make it happen.
Use your fingers to pinch it and hold the fabric tight around
the cording and stitch into the ditch that your pinching
Questions anyone? Do you think you could do this on
your own now?