By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
Step 1: Pick up 3 strips and even up their edges at one end.
Step 2: Sew or knot the strips together at the evened-up end.
Note: In this example we have sewn the end.
Step 3:Taper the ends with scissors.
Step 4: Clamp the sewn end to the table.
Step 5: Trim the free ends to different lengths.
Note: You will want the ends to be different lengths so it's easier to add in additional strips of fabric.
Step 6: 3-strand braiding technique: right to center, then left to center, then repeat.
Step 7: For a more finished look, fold under the cut edges while you braid.
Step 8: Introduce new strips by overlapping the end of the old strip by about 3” with the new strip.
Step 9: Use the needle and yarn to stitch the edges of the braid to each other, either in an oval or a circle.
Step 10: Make sure the braid lies flat as you stitch.
Step 11: Stitch under the braid loops, not into the fabric.
Step 12: Trim ends of all three strips so they’re of even length. Beginning about 1 foot from the ends, cut all strips to taper to a blunt point.
Step 13: Finish braiding. Because of the taper you cut, the width of the braid will gradually become narrower to the end.
Step 14: Stitch the strips to each other at the tip, then stitch the tip to the edge of the rug.
-To avoid a lumpy rug, cut your strips from fabrics of basically the same weight.
-If strips are too long, they’re difficult to braid.
-To avoid lumps, don’t introduce new fabric to more than one strip at the same place in the braid.