The Art of Rug Making Embellishments: Adding Flair to Your Creations
Beyond simply woven or hooked fabrics, creative rug makers enhance their handiwork with dimensional accents and artistic finishing details. Embellishments like pom poms, intricate borders, artistic fringe, and fabric appliques elevate rugs from crafts to textile artworks. Supplementary decorative touches require advanced skills from master rug artisans but boast stunning, elevated appeal. This article explores the many options for embellishing handcrafted rugs to add artful flair, texture, and visual interest through creative adornment.
Pops of color enliven rug motifs and patterns:
Wood, ceramic, or etched metal buttons make charming accents on rugs. Sew on clusters of mismatched buttons for whimsy or create geometric patterns.
Cut fabric into special shapes like stars, circles, or scalloped edges and applique onto plain rug fields using zigzag or satin stitching to create visual interest.
Once the rug base is complete, go back and hand paint intricate details with fabric paint like flower centers, animal facial features, landscape elements.
Diverse fabrics and materials bring rugs to life:
Fringe and Tassels
Long wool fringe or fluffy cotton tassels finishing rug edges provide beautiful movement and texture. Make tassels from yarn scraps.
Raffia, Jute or Twine
Punch shapes out of leather or suede then stitch or rivet onto rugs as abstract emblems, geometric borders, or within motif outlines for texture.
Take a single large needle and extra chunky yarn to punch decorative tufts onto the rug surface forming swooping curves, dots, or organic eye-catching texture.
Artistic Borders and Creative Edges
Frames finish a rug beautifully:
Flat or round braids made from fabric strips or yarn outline and accentuate the rug silhouette and patterns elegantly. Add braided corners or decorative shapes within.
A hand crocheted border adds sweet homespun appeal to rug edges. Coordinate thread colors to those woven into the motifs.
Long, lush fringe along two or four rug sides adds movement and traditional artisan flair. Make monochromatic or rainbow multicolored.
Framing with wide borders of contrasting colors, fabrics, or textures makes central motifs pop visually. Thick borders balance intricate centers.
After hooking a rug, further embellish by hooking or stitching contrasting rows or geometric lines in open areas to separate motifs. Defined separation creates focus.
Rug embellishing unleashes creativity, transforming handmade floor coverings into showstopping fiber art. Even simple accents worked in thoughtfully elevate the handcrafted aesthetic. A bit of sparkle or texture completes your rug masterpiece!