Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rag Rugs

RAG RUG

This is my first rug from the frame that I got from Missouri Town.  I used a brown fabric and added some colors that blended well.  


 
 It got a bit wavy, especially in the middle, but I'm hoping that it will work itself out.



  I wove it pretty tight so it was a bit hard to get out of the frame.

 
The rug fabrics are also the same that I used on my table runner.

 It looks good on the floor.

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 AND THEN MY SECOND RUG...

This one I wove looser and used random bits of fabric. 


It lays nice and I really like the multi color look.  It took me a few days to cut the fabric and 6 days to weave.  Do you think I'm a bit obsessive when I'm working on a new project?  This pretty rug goes to my sister. 



Thanks for visiting,
Cinder


10 comments:

  1. Obsessive can be a good thing when you want to get something done! Rag rugs are not easy to craft, for sure. These rugs are so nice and such a perfect size. How wonderful the new rug looks in your gorgeous dining area...love the floor!

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    1. That's my problem, I'm always wanting to get each project done as fast as I can because I'm soooo excited about it. And I love my floors also.

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  2. Cinders, you have really been busy with your rug frame. The rugs turned out very nice and I love the colors. It makes a perfect size. I also like no fringe. I have a rag rug, but the fringe is always tangled and doesn't lay nicely. You will have to give me a lesson!

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    1. Yes I like them without fringe also. I would be glad to give you a lesson. My sister is also interested in learning. Do you remember the rug at the Gore Psychiatric Museum? I'm thinking about making one like that. Also I have wool scrapes left over and will try my hand at that for my son. He just moved into a new place. Ohhh so much fun!

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  3. Wow, I love your rugs. I have seen these rug frames on the internet. What do you think...do you like making these? Is it very hard? I love them. This is something I think I would like to try. Both rugs turned out great. Your sister is one lucky lady! I would love to see and hear more about your rug making.

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    1. Yes I really enjoyed making them. It was not hard at all. I spent a couple of days cutting strips. They are joined together in a special way and I will show that on my next post so you can see. The best part about the frame is that there are 2 rods that run down the length that you weave over so that the rug does not become a hour glass shape. The only sewing is at the very end when the last strips are joined together. The weaving method is called twining. The gentleman that I bought the frame from says he uses old sheets, as they make long strips. I'll do a tutorial soon.

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  4. I think I still have a book on twined rag rugs somewhere. Interesting technique which made nice rugs for you.

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    1. Thanks. Twining was easy until I came to the ends and would occasionally get mixed up on what strips goes first. I finally got the hang of it.

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  5. Very nice and quite colorful! I've been thinking of crocheting a rag rug; I don't know anything about weaving rugs.

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    1. I have crocheted rugs before and love the looks of them, but I have a wrist that doesn't like that motion and will bother me for some time. Weaving is easier for me.

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