Step Five: Stitching the fringe
Take all the strands of wool and gently position them at the top edge of the mat.
Being careful to leave about 2.5″ hanging from the edge.
Using a small zigzag stitch, stitch the strands of wool to the edge of the mat. One skein of yarn should be big enough to do the top and the bottom of the mat. If you want to go around the whole mat you will need another 2 skeins of wool of 197 yards each.
Step Six: Optional, applying glue for non-slip
Finally, while the canvas and cord make the mat somewhat anti-slip already if you have young kids and want to make the mat even more slip-resistant, use the low-temperature glue gun to run some lines or dots of glue on the ridges on the bottom of the mat where the cord is stitched. A dot every inch or two should do the trick. Of course, let the glue dry before you put the mat on the floor. We're not trying to glue it to the floor or anything but just add some tacky contact points that will keep the mat from sliding.
My floors are made of marble and the mat doesn't slip much. I have tested the mat on the wooden floors and it slips a little more, so this would be a good additional step to do although certainly not mandatory. There would be no issues on a carpet and the mat hangs easily to dry after the storm passes..
One of the things that I really enjoy about this mat is the therapeutic massage the cord gives my feet. It is a great feeling while brushing my teeth or just after a hot shower. But the most important bit is that it catches all the water that drips from the invisible giant poodle that lives in my house.
P.S. I have also tested it on my real dog George and he approves!