Binding the cat.

I finished the Belling the Cat rug yesterday.  It’s all set to give to my daughter.  Her late cat, Salem, was special to her, so I do hope this depiction of Salem will make her smile.

I love to bind rugs.  I know many who don’t, but to me it means, “The job is completed -now on to the next one!” My next rug will be one I can’t show until it’s published, but it will be a fun one. 

Over the years, I’ve combined two ways of binding rugs.  I learned to bind using cotton clothesline (or other cord) and the binding tape that’s sewn onto the back of the rug as the yarn is whipped along the edges. 

Then a friend showed me how she binds rugs by folding in a bit of the extra linen with the rug right side up and whipping with yarn.  I love the simplicity of this way.  The front ends up looking like the back.  No twill tape.

So, a few years ago I decided to combine my use of cord with the no-binding-tape, simple way of whipping.  Clear as mud?  I took a few photos of the cat rug as I was binding it.  Maybe this will make more sense.

There’s a lot of beauty out there.  On Groundhog Day today, we can be sure that there will still be six weeks of winter.  Let’s get out and enjoy it!

P.S.  Although this Belling the Cat pattern is not on my Shop page, it is available for purchase.  Contact me through this website or through my Facebook page for the particulars.

Belling the Cat rug is almost finished.

Belling the Cat rug is almost finished.

The linen is folded into the first row of loops, cord goes on top, and it's basted in place.

The linen is folded into the first row of loops, cord goes on top, and it's basted in place.

With the cord basted in place, the whipping with wool yarn goes quickly.

With the cord basted in place, the whipping with wool yarn goes quickly.

Here is the finished binding on the front and back.  They look identical.

Here is the finished binding on the front and back.  They look identical.