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From: IlovemySinger
Date: 04-01-2006, 07:37 PM (1 of 5)
I recieved a latch-hook rug kit as a gift YEARS ago, and finally started it. As I get closer to finishing it, I can't figure out how to fix the edges. The best I can think of is cutting the extra mesh and using electrical tape for the side.

Any suggestions?
User: IlovemySinger
Member since: 03-31-2006
Total posts: 27
From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-01-2006, 09:31 PM (2 of 5)
I've never done one but I remember my mother doing them. She used to fold under the extra mesh along the edges and hook the last few rows with the mesh doubled. Don't know if you I have explained it well. Hope it helps.
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Magot
Date: 04-01-2006, 10:37 PM (3 of 5)
An alternative would be to fold the lst two or three rows under as Judy suggested and using a matching rug wool do a long legged cross stitch around the outside edge. It will look much neater than tape (though you can get carpet tape in various colours which would look a lot better than electrical tape) and it produces a durable and attractive edge in that it finished it off nicely.
My dad made a lot of latch hook rugs and he finished then the way Judy suggested - the rugs I have made have been cross stitch so the edging I use works better with that but it is a matter of personal preference.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: trini
Date: 04-01-2006, 11:28 PM (4 of 5)
I made a latch hook wall hanging( too small to be called a rug). It was not a kit and I had no instructions on how to finish it, so I stitched a cotton strip to the edge and turned it under tightly. I whipped the unsewn edge to the mesh. The fullness if the pile hid the binding but the corners tended to be a little bulky.
I now have a book on rugs and wall hangings; I'll try to send you what it says. If you see nothing I was not successful; basically it uses both methods.
User: trini
Member since: 09-17-2005
Total posts: 74
From: trini
Date: 04-02-2006, 12:03 AM (5 of 5)
The book reads:
A lining is not strictly necessary. However, protect the edges by making a hem of about 1 - 2 in. to the right side. This is done at the begining of the work. The rug will be more hard-wearing if you will also sew a strip of rug binding over the back of the hem on all sides."
I hope this helps.
User: trini
Member since: 09-17-2005
Total posts: 74
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