Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Braiding.... Have you tried it?

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


Kim said...

I've never tried braiding on a rug but that little peek-a-boo elf is precious.

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

LOVE the braiding! The elf is just adorable!!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I like this look a lot and want to try it someday. The little mats are so sweet.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Maria ~
That elf is TOO CUTE!
Happy Thanksgiving.
Pug hugs :)

WoolenSails said...

I braid rugs, but haven't tried it as a border on my hooked pieces. I would like to do that though and think the little elf is such a fun piece.


Joanne said...

Never tried braiding and attaching to a rug - I did try braiding - once - too hard on my hands! Love the creativity!

appleberrycottage said...

Wonderful braiding! I saw that elf rug from some of Debbie's photos. Her blog is

Gayle said...

That braided edge adds SO much to the project - I love it!

Demoyes said...

Overachiever indeed...we were supposed to hook two shapes! It was a very fun class and I am about to finally finish the square snowman. Enjoyed the evening with you~ ;-D