This morning I bounce out of bed, ready to finish sewing down the binding and start the cutting. It took a long time, I’ll tell you. You have to carefully cut only the panel layers (the top 3).
Then I popped it into the dryer for 15 minutes on ‘air fluff’. I didn’t wet it but should have because not much fluffing happened. Then I sprayed it with water liberally and put it in the dryer with heat this time. It fluffed some but not enough. Last resort, more spray with water and a brushing/roughing. I guess this is sufficient.
I think if I were doing this again, a layer of flannel would help separate the quilting cotton layers. That would be 5 layers to cut. It might be a bit thick. I’ve done flannel chenille baby blankets before and never had any fluffing problems.
Overall, I like the weight of this rug with the batting and extra backing layer. It’s just the fluffing that isn’t working so well. The one I saw in the store was much more fluffed.
I don’t think there’ll be any socks being blown off any judges feet by this rug. To ‘get’ this reference see yesterday’s post.
addendum: I’ve been working with the brush some more. I think the big trick is to brush in the direction of the diagonal stitching. If you brush from one side of the rug to the other, you’re roughing one side and flattening the other. If you brush along the stitching, you’re working on fraying the fabric, which does the fluffing. I think socks might be almost off judges feet with the rug now. Here’s an updated closeup: