"It looks more like a cocoon. It's all curly and crooked!"
Yes, I finished it. After the last stitch, Tessie was not all that impressed.....
"It just needs blocking." I told her.
I took it to the ironing board. I laid it face down and used a sprayer filled with water on the back.
Then I stretched it and pulled it until it was squared and ironed it again until it was dry. It is helpful if you have a quilter's ironing mat with a one inch grid to do this.
I never iron the front. It flattens the stitches.
I made sure that it was the way that I wanted it to look on the front and then on the back I put white glue in a line around the edges. On the sides, it let it run over the edge and smeared it with my finger. On the ends, I carefully went just to the edge. I wanted fringe on those two edges.
Then I waited for the glue to dry. When it was thoroughly dry, I cut carefully along the two long edges just next to the last line of stitches.... On the ends, I cut three cords away from the edge.
Then I unraveled the three cords. I took a needle and ran it through the fringe to make it softer and less cord like.
That's all that is needed to finish a rug and make it look in scale. I find that binding them makes them too thick and there is no way that you can sit a chair on the edge without wobbling.
Tessie is now happy with it and as soon as she tested it out, she turned, looked at me with a scowl, and asked, "OK....Now where'd you put the gold leaf stuff???"
So much for out of site, out of mind....
See you tomorrow. I will be the one with gold leaf stuck in odd patches all over my body.