​Featured Rug of the Month                 April 2020

Stair Risers, 10'x33" (total), designed and hooked by Elsie Gallant, New Brunswick, Canada
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This has certainly not what we thought 2020 would start out as. We are coping day by day and praying that this becomes resolved without to many more people becoming sick. They have just declared New Brunswick a state of emergency. This is scary for sure. Hope you and your loved ones are safe as well.

As we are all limited. as to places to go,visitors and family gatherings this might be a time to take on a larger project that will be a long lasting reminder of our fragile world. We need to take care of each other.
 
When it was suggested by a friend that I should make a set of stair risers all I could think of is the time and patience it would take to undergo such a large project. However, once I figured out a pattern and started, the countdown began. If you decide to create your own pattern think of something special that can be enjoyed for many years.

I will give a step by step process of these stair risers. First I measured the 11 stair steps in total which was about 10 feet by 33 inches. I rolled out newsprint in the living room and started to draw a pattern which covered the area.  It can be a challenge when you have two curious cats.I wanted to use the theme of the birch trees and stream along our property. Next I took out my roll of jute which I love working with as I find it is very forgiving when using various textures. On the newsprint I marked where each step would start and finish.

As I copied the total sketch on the jute I folded it and allowed four inches between each riser for finishing. This is the way to maintain the continuous picture. I then cut my 11 sections and double stitched where the finished edge would be and serged the outside two inches. Jute tends to fray so you must secure it before putting it in a long narrow frame for hooking. 

You must make sure that your measurement for each riser is not too wide or long as it will make it difficult to install nice and flat without any bulges.  When all were complete I steamed each one with a fairly hot iron with a piece of cotton over the top so as not to make any burn marks. I folded each edge over and tacked by hand around each one making sure each corner was secured at a 90 degree angle.

I used small tacking nails to secure each one used a flat ruler moving over the top as every 3 to 4 inches were being tacked. Think of it as wall papering you do not want any bulges or frayed edges for sure.

Materials used for this project included roving wool, cut fleece, extra thick course wool for the trees and a softer texture for the flowers and edges of the water.

If you start this do not become overwhelmed  as it is a big project. I completed one section at a time in between other projects. One step at a time!
  
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