Step 1: To prepare the edges, fold under two rows all around.
Using a large darning needle and 1" strip of fabric, overcast around the folded edge going through
the second row of squares.
If your cotton twine is in a ball or skein, cut it into 36" lengths.
Tie one end to the bottom edge of your canvas using a simple knot tied once, leaving a 4" tail.
After completing your rug, you will untie the knot and hide the tail.
Step 2: Thread cotton twine through the eye of the hook. Insert the hook into the hole of the canvas.
Feed a portion of the fabric strip onto the hook with your other hand (fabric underneath).
Step 3: Pull the loop up to the top through the hole. Repeat until you have several loops on the hook.
Step 4: Pull the hook all the way through the loops, thus pulling the cotton twine through the loops.
Step 5:To hide the "tails," bring the cotton twine and fabric tails up to the top. Feed the hook through several loops.
Before you pull the hook all the way through, thread the tails through the eye.
Step 6: Pull the hook all the way through the loops. This will hide the tails in the loops.
Cut the excess tail off.
ADDING A NEW FABRIC STRIP
When adding a new strip of the same color fabric, lay the strips on top of each other, lining up the ends.
Cut off any fabric selvedge. Fold over about 1/2". Make a cut 1/4" long from the fold towards the ends,
creating a "BUTTONHOLE" slit. Remove the new strip and turn around so the non-slit end is far away from the canvas.
Lay the new strip on top of the old strip, right sides facing up, lining up the slits (Fig. A).
Feed the non-slit end of the new fabric strip from the back through the buttonholes
and pull completely through to form knot (Fig B).
Pull strips to tighten the knot but do not pull so hard the fabric tears (Fig C). Continue working your loops.
The knot will hide itself on the back or the top of the canvas as you go along.