Featured Rug of the Month November 2017
Two Grey Hills Navajo Rug 3'x5'
Commercial design punch hooked by Nancy Malitz
After I took a punch hooking class with Una Walker and a rug hooking class with Judy, I was inspired to finish this rug kit I started 40 years ago (July 1977) and got it done this past summer. Definitely a 40-year project! It is amazing to me that the receipt shows I bought the printed burlap, all the yarn, the walking punch hook, the directions, and the frame for a mere $69 at a quilt show (believe it or not) in Albuquerque, NM while I was visiting my in-laws.
I finished 1/3 of the rug in the 70's, but then packed it all up because we moved. In fact, we moved several times before I was inspired to finish the rug. Somewhere in all the moves, the frame had disappeared, so I had to design and build a new one.
The backing is burlap. I used a walking punch hook that came with the kit. The yarn is acrylic (bulky) made to look like Navajo weaving yarns. I found a charcoal grey wool that matched the dark charcoal grey of the rug to use to bind the corded edge as described in Judy's book.
The bound, piped edge, inspired by the description in Judy's book, is done with a blanket stitch stitched from the back, to make a smoother edge on the back. I used the rug binding tape to cover the edge of the burlap because it made a nicer finish than the burlap.
I also enclosed extra lengths of yarn for later repair under the rug tape. The rug tape was stark white so I dyed it. It was supposed to be black but in the rinsing process ended up being grey.
The rug is so wonderful to walk on—very cushy! I put a piece of rug pad under it so it does not slip and is even more cushy.
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