I did at the Atha Biennial. Kris McDermitt was my teacher and she did a fantastic job. We had to come to class with a finished 6 inch circle hooked mat. Of course, I hooked a star in Halloween colors. Kris taught us how to braid around the hooked mat. I need to finish mine but I love the look of it. It is definitely a technique that I will use for some rugs.
Here is a close up of my braiding. I chose orange, black and purple for my three colors.
TJ was in our class and she does amazing work. She had hooked this little elf and came up with the idea to attach hands. Her intention was to make the braiding look like a wreath and for the elf to peeking out the wreath. Very clever!
Here is a close up of the hands. Look how she even colored the fingernails. Darling!
She used to colors of green wool and the tan for her wool. I also met Debra from Illinois in this class and she her mats, yes mats (she was an overachiever!), turned out great as well. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of her work so Debra if you are reading this post, please send pictures of both your rugs and I'll add them to the post. Enjoy Thanksgiving. Maria