The finish makes the piece

Attending the 20th Annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village I studied the 700+ works looking for different, effective finishing techniques.

The border of a rug design, fringe on an oriental pattern, embroidered fabric edge on a primitive composition all enhanced the time-consuming handwork rughooking entails. Here are some highlights. I realize my focus was on the details and not capturing the completed image for comparison……all the better for inspiration I hope.

The purpose of a “frame” is to enhance the subject and introduce it to the environment. These techniques completed each design, emphasizing the style (steam punk), drawing attention to the subject (bulky natural linen fringe on colonial design), providing interest (the rippled tail of eagle by Meetinghouse Hill Design).

Learn to select the right finishing technique and your work will rise beyond completed. See Finishing Hooked Rugs for step-by-step lessons from experts and select the right technique so your work will be more than just done.

by Rug Hooking Magazine

by Rug Hooking Magazine

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About Susan L. Feller

Artist, educator, author, curator
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3 Responses to The finish makes the piece

  1. Jan Giraldi says:

    Thank you for sharing this Susan. Lovely finishes.

  2. Melinda Russell says:

    Wonderful post. Detailed photos, descriptions and link to helpful book. 700 rugs! Go, Sauder!

  3. Alice says:

    Makes me wish I had looked closer at the finishes!

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