Monday, October 15, 2012

A Rectangular Woven Rag Rug for October

 I am still attempting to get a rag rug (each one a different variety) done for every month this year. I have now skipped a couple of months because life was simply to busy then but I am hopeful that I might be able to make up for it now that harvest time is over and life seems to be slowing down a bit. Anyway I did get a rag rug done for this month and I am kind of excited about my new method.

  My inspiration came from making the Hula Hoop Rugs but thinking it would be nice to have a bigger one and it would also be nice to have one that was rectangular. I figured I could fulfill both of those ideas if I had some sort of a frame...
I started doing some thinking and I realized that Ken had made these frame things which he had used  for the framework of his business' booth at various shows. He had bought a new backdrop and frame however and all of his homemade frames (there are several that would all connect together) were hanging unused out in the garage.

  I decided to put one of them to work. I tied strips of cloth around the ends of the frame in loops. I did make it so I would be able to weave with both sides of the loop.
 I just tied the ends around the end of the frame.
 I attached a rag strand and the top of the frame and started going back and forth just attaching a new strand on whenever I would run out.
 The weaving really went pretty fast and I found it very fun.

When I got to the end I simply cut (or untied) the loops so it was no longer attached to the frame and then I tied them together in a knot holding the woven strands in place.



 The rug turned out pretty nice sized - nearly 4 feet by two feet. It is not at all perfect (including the fact that one end is wider than the other) but I think it looks rather neat, it was made just using odds and ends of worn out/ stained clothing, it is sturdy and I made it!

I am rather fond of it.

By the way if you ever made woven hot pads on those little looms this is fairly similar- it is just much bigger and you don't have all those little pegs. You simple tie the strands on for the long ends and go back and forth on the short sides.

I am not quite sure where I am going to put this rug or if we are even going to keep it but currently it is in our upstairs hallway and at this moment it is being used as a tool for fun. It works quite nicely for sliding down the hallway. Here are some pictures that attest to that:


 
And a video which I forgot and took sideways - Sorry!


Other Rag Rugs I have made this year:

I am still missing a rug for August and September but I think maybe I will be able to catch up someday soon. We shall see!

 Do you make rag rugs? I would love to hear about any methods that you might use to make them!

I am linking up to the Homestead Barn Hop with these great ladies:


 
 
 

5 comments:

Mooberry Farmwife said...

Your rag rug looks great! I think making a rug each month is a great idea.

I have a rigid heddle loom, and I enjoy weaving a lot. It's nice to 'meet' another weaver! :)

Anna said...

This is my favorite rag rug I think. It is a nice size, too.

Madge Bloom said...

I thought about making some rag rugs, but them realized that I didn't need another project... so didn't! I like yours though...

farmer_liz said...

nice rug! I have some rags ready, but can't decide which method to use, I'm going to have a look at your different rugs (great idea to just make each different method, but I think I'd run out of rags, i've got to chose just one!).

Marti Cooper said...

Sooo cute! I love it! I have a craft party going on if you would like to be a part of. :)
http://sewliciousdecor.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/show-licious-sunday-craft-showcase-2.

xoxo, Marti

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