Years ago, when I first began Rug Hooking,
I would hook the year and my initials into the front of the rug.
Even as I was doing that, I felt it was a distraction to the design...
Sometime later I began embroidering labels for the backs of my
Hooked Rugs and Embroidered Wall Hangings.
It is important to include a "title" of the piece if applicable, who designed the piece, your name, the date completed and possibly your town / state.
I have found beautiful antique pieces of handwork that have not been labeled.
I often think about who once cherished the completed handwork,
where did it come from and what year was it made.