Finishing Hygieia

Hygieia’s done…and off for her first adventure. On Sunday, she will be a part of the OMAH (Orillia Museum of Art and History) house tour.

I have a very sore finger from doing all the blind stitching around the edge in one day…but having deadlines seems to be a good way for me to complete the dreaded ‘finishing’.

I’ve been asked to go through my finishing steps here…so I tried to take pictures of the various steps I took along the way. 

Ignore the pencil lines in the first two pictures (they’re drawn in after these steps)


I decided how wide I wanted the fold over, and measured that plus a half again a wee bit out from the edge…I made a mark there with the pencil


Then I counted the number of ditches out this was from the hooking (I’m careful during the hooking to make sure my outside edge is in the same ditch all the way around)


Then I drew a pencil line all the way around the piece… 27 ditches from the hooked edge was what mine happened to be


Then I used the elastic zig-zag stitch, and sewed just inside the pencil line….all the way around…twice…whew…that was 36 feet of zig-zagging


Then I cut off the excess backing…


….being careful to cut exactly in the ditch with the pencil line


I folded over the raw edge so that I had the 1″ backing strip I wanted, I finger pressed this for a few inches…making sure that the fold was in the same ditch all the way…


……pinned it down, and carried on all the way around the piece.


I then steamed and pressed this fold….taking out the pins as I went before steaming, to avoid pin marks or distortions from the pinning  (always checking that I was steaming down it in the same ditch)


I put it down on the floor to dry overnight.


The edge fold was done gently…with space so that it didn’t distort the hooking 


If it’s folded too close it will pull over the last line of hooking.


Keeping my fold in the same ditch all the way around…I once again pinned it down…


The top and bottom sections are over the side sections at the corners to create a pocket for hangin
g at the top and a rod at the bottom to pull it down straight


Once again I steamed it…removing the pins little by little before applying the iron and press cloth


After leaving it to dry again overnight…it’s ready for the final step


…Blind stitching it down….following the same ditch all the way around…..leaving the pockets open at the ends


the finished edge.  i can’t show a picture yet of her hanging and finished….since she’s gone off to the museum open house for the weekend….but I thought I’ be able to show her hanging in place in the stairwell early next week. Imagine my surprise when I came home from a hooking event in Gravenhurst yesterday and glanced up the staircase! 


My DH in preparing to hang her….discovered the wall was quite crooked at the top (did I mention our house is 135 years old?) ….so he decided to fix it . She’s finished, but her eventual hanging spot is now under re-construction!

6 thoughts on “Finishing Hygieia

  1. Thanks for all your effort Elizabethloved watching all the steps you took in the finishing, it will look grand on the wall of your staircase.our house was built in 1814 and all thewalls are a bit off, thats the joy of these old houses

  2. Glad everything is working now Jennifer….Our house is quite young compared to yours! They have their downsides…but I really do love all the high ceilings, and old charm.

  3. I enjoyed your tutorial on how you finished Hygieia. I am on a deadline to finish a rug and might do that as I won’t have time to bind it with yarn. Our crooked little Cape was built in 1772 and if you hang something straight on the wall (like a rug) the lines never appear straight! But old houses are loved.

  4. Wow Miz T…in 1772…there were no houses in our area at all! Your house has earned the right to have crooked walls. I used to feel that this stye of finishing was ‘improper’ (back in my old….follow the rules days), but having done it twice now, I really like the way it looks on certain rugs that aren’t going to be on the floor. Good luck with getting yours finished on time.

  5. Many, many thanks for honoring the request with this tutorial and the excellent photographs. A generous and very helpful gift.

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