There are many ways to bind hooked rugs and I’ve tried a number of them. But once I ditched the twill tape and starting using cotton clothesline cord, I found the technique that suits me best.
I love the weight of the cord around the edges. It gives the rug a good “plop” when thrown down on the floor. I use cord for all my rugs, even those that hang on the wall.
Another plus for this technique is that the bound edge looks the same on the front and the back.
After steam blocking the rug I lay it right side up and trim the excess linen to 1 ½”. I then fold the cut edge in to the outer row of loops and iron it down. Then the following steps are shown in the photos below.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a neatly bound rug.