Today, I am going to show you how to prepare monks cloth for rug hooking.
This method could also be used to prepare monks cloth for rug punching with yarn.
We will cover measuring the monks cloth, cutting it, and how to keep the edges from raveling.
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Measuring the Monks Cloth:
Place the red dot pattern onto the monks cloth.
Be sure to leave plenty of room around the edges to be able to attach the monks cloth onto your rug hooking frame.
Line up the outline of the pattern with the grid lines on the monks cloth.
Place a pin in the monks cloth on each side where you want to cut.
Again, make sure to leave empty space on all four sides of the pattern so you can attach the monks cloth to the rug hooking frame.
Next, take the yard stick and line it up with the pin and one of the grid lines on the monks cloth.
Draw a pencil line along the edge of the yard stick.
This will be a cutting guide.
Then, line the yard stick up with the pin on the side of the pattern.
Be sure the yard stick is at a 90 degree angle from the first line you drew.
Draw another pencil line along the edge of the yard stick.
Cutting the Monks Cloth:
Cut along the pencil lines you drew using regular scissors.
Keep the Edges from Raveling:
If you have a serger, serge the edges. That will be the best way to keep the edges of the monks cloth from raveling as you work with it.
If you don’t have a serger, but have a sewing machine, you can zig zag stitch along the edges of the monks cloth.
Tape along the edge on one side of the monks cloth.
Then, turn the monks cloth over and tape on the other side, lining up the edges of the tape.