One of the last steps in hooking a rug is steam pressing. This blocking process involves ironing. And the main reason I have an iron is for craft purposes. I am not fond of ironing. I am not like my German grandma who found time to iron sheets and socks and unmentionables. No no. The pendulum always swings, and the wrinkles in my clothes are my fashion statement. So when it was time to steam my latest rug which is rather a large one, I found myself wishing for one of those professional steam-press machines. Then it occurred to me that I did not throw away my old craft iron— I have 2 irons. Even though it was rainy outside, suddenly it got sunnier in my world. I would give it a try: I think that I am skilled enough to push around 2 irons at the same time.
Don’t I look happy? I mean as happy as a woman ironing can look?
My process involved setting up my ironing board in front of my craft table to the approximate height of the table. I lightly sprayed the back of the rug with water. Then as each ironing board sized section was pressed, I moved it toward the back and onto the table. I had to turn the rug around to iron the other end of the rug so that the weight of the rug wouldn’t pull it onto the floor.
My rug finishing has been transformed. Here is the finished rug drying on the table, resting along with the dog.
Maybe you might like to try my idea on your next rug even if it isn’t that big. All the happy attitude could result in a creative mood!
Happy thoughts to you ~ Karen