“Each day when I awake I know I have one more day to make a difference in someone's life"...... James Mann (Author)
I've hooked round pieces and quite frankly feel they are much easier so I don't understand why finishing is viewed as such a problem. As long as you use cording to whip the piece it will lie flat and have a spectacular edge. If you don't use cording there will be rippling as you struggle to manipulate the burlap edge into a round shape. That cording gives you a hard core to whip against making it a perfect edge.
I have a theory as to why round rugs get a bad rap. If a negative opinion is what a person hears, they shy away from tasks perceived as difficult, never giving them a chance. A beginner would never know they were doing something perceived as hard and would probably do amazing things, but once we're told something is difficult, we shut down and never try. So give round rugs a chance. They fit so beautifully in any space, not having to be oriented to look straight! If you have trouble come by and see me and I'll help you out. I'm a rebel, round rug rooter!
To be fair, as far as hooking round rugs go, they can pose a problem if you pack your loops too tightly or hook in continuous round rows. Starting in the center of a round rug and working your way out pushes the fibers of the backing outwardly so this reduces the chance of buckling. Hooking from the outside in works in reverse, pushing the fibers toward the center and will undoubtedly cause buckling. People who pack each row can run the risk of creating a nipple effect as the center of the rug takes on a cone shaped, bump in the middle. This needs immediate attention. Slack off hooking too tightly by skipping rows, maybe hook two and then skip one or depending on the width of strip be the judge....but just skip! Then stream press the area to force it flat before continuing to hook the border.
Who in their right mind would allow such a thing? Urine in the heat dries like sticky wax and you might ask how do I know this? Because several people have allowed it to happen in the past. Do we live in such a world of care nothing that we'd allow a dog to pee or defecate on someone's personal property, no not the grass, but someone's possessions? The #2 problem happened more times then I like to recall and then gets walked through my shop as people step in it unknowingly...so much for a bylaw that dictates picking up after their pet. I don't blame the dog, the poor guys are dragged around and left to do their master's bidding......but come on pet owners, there's grass to the right and grass to the left...pick a better spot! A woman once allowed her dog to lift its leg right on my shop step, it careened across the top and almost hit my door, soaking all the wood in its path. A lovely golden stream, I watched it happen and the shock of it paralyzed me ineffective. By the time I came to grips with what happened they were down the street.
So it pisses me off, pardon the pun....really....enough already with the golden showers on my sheep. It's not like they're dressed in slutty leather and look like they want it. They have Nova Scotia Tartan scarves for goodness sake, have a little respect for our province! Ah....feel better now.....