To begin you’ll start with making the center of your rug for this you’ll need to create your first loop. Follow the photos instructions to make one.
I did a total of two braided rows with connected sections going around the center of the rug then I moved onto making the flower effect. To create your flower effect it’s the same technique except for you’ll be making a longer braid for each section. For my flower pedals I did a total of 12 loops each. Make sure your sections are spread apart as evenly as possible. If not your pedals will look uneven.
Okay so this step is vital! Believe me I’ve tried everything to avoid this. The reason you need to pull all your cording through is because for the next step you’ll need to start braiding your sections starting at the center of each pedal. If you started braiding a section at the end of your last pedal you would have an uneven rug or wouldn’t be able to go back to an evenly round shape. This keeps the pattern even and will bring your rug back to a circle shape.
So these next few steps are pretty easy. All you have to do is create braided sections long enough to be attached at the center of each pedal. My sections were 12 loops long.
I did two rows of braids going around my flower.
Since I decided to finish off my rug with small scallops to mimic a doily I did braided sections of 9 loops and attached them around the rug. You can keep making a bigger rug if you’d like. I ran out of cording otherwise I probably would of added at least two more rows.
This is totally optional but in my personal opinion it really brings the whole rug together and makes it look like once piece instead of chunky messy braids. I simply used a needle and thread and sewed spots that needed to stay together.
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